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February 28, 2011

Rotarian 4-Way Test
Today, I was inducted into the Hays Rotary Club. This group, rich in history and protocol, intrigued me with the statement we read at the end of every meeting. After a quick Google search, I found this thought-provoking article.

[Excerpted from “A Story Behind the Four-Way Test” by Darrell Thompson]
More than 60 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, a U.S. Rotarian devised a simple, four-part ethical guideline that helped him rescue a beleaguered business. The statement and the principles it embodied also helped many others find their own ethical compass. Soon embraced and popularized by Rotary International, The Four-Way Test today stands as one of the organization's hallmarks.

Is it the TRUTH? There is a timelessness in truth that is unchangeable. Truth cannot exist without justice.
Is it FAIR to all concerned? The substitution of fairness for the harsh principles of doing business at arm's length has improved rather than hurt business relationships.
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Man is by nature a cooperative creature and it is his natural instinct to express love.
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? This question eliminates the dog-eat-dog principle of ruthless competition and substitutes the idea of constructive and creative competition.

Eloquently simple, stunning in its power, undeniable in its results, The Four-Way Test offers a fresh and positive vision in the midst of a world full of tension, confusion and uncertainty.
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February 27, 2011

Being "Bossy"
On Friday, I got to boss my old boss around - what a treat! OK, not really, but I was able to give back to someone who has helped me often. Specifically, I asked my former supervisor Steve Riat at Nex-Tech to be a guest speaker at the February Chamber Membership luncheon and he ROCKED! (But please don't tell him this since it will just feed his already too-large ego.)

Seriously though, for those who have read the "Go-Giver" you'll understand the importance and impact of giving value to others. Asking Steve to present was a great example of such a go-giver act: I provided him an opportunity, the stage you could say, for him to display his natural talent and abilities. In turn, his shining light brightened my path as well.

How easy it can be to serve as a Go Giver, and yet, how few of us choose to do so. If I can recommend anything to my blog readers, it's to take the time to invest in this book and apply its theory!
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