Do what you say!

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. – Mark Twain

More than anything else, the example a leader sets is more important in building trust than any wonderful speed they give. One of characteristics of the American workplace is the lack of trust of managers by those they manage. In fact over 65% of workers do not trust the leadership of their organization On a more global basis, a May 2006 Zogby poll showed that corporate leaders were found untrustworthy by 69% of a cross sample of the American public. This level of distrust was almost the same as that held for members of the U.S. Congress.

200Px-Gandhi Studio 1931 4One thing can change this and it doesn’t seem like such a hard thing is DO AS YOU SAY. Just four words can change so much. As I think about this, I am reminded of a story I heard about Mahatma Ghandi. As the story goes, a woman came to Ghandi and asked for his help. This woman told Ghandi that she was afraid for her son’s health. He was eating far too much sugar and would not listen to anyone who told him that his was not healthy. She told Ghandi that he was one person that her son would listen to. She implored him to give this admonition to her son. Ghandi said that he could not do so that day, but asked the woman to return in two weeks.

As requested the woman and her son returned to see Ghandi in two weeks. When her son was presented to Ghandi, he told the boy that sugar was a great risk to his health and advised him to stop eating it immediately. The young man was moved by the great man’s words and promised to follow Ghandi’s advice. As the mother and son were leaving, the mother stayed behind for a moment to ask Ghandi a question. She said, “Bapu, why did you have us wait two weeks before you offered this advice to my son?” Ghandi smiled and said, “Well, two weeks ago I was still eating sugar.”

How often do I give great advice that I do not follow? Too often. We all know the right things to do. It is doing those ourselves and letting my example show the way rather than my good words that will be the true guidance for all those you care about.

Until later,


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Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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