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Character Counts

Recently, I was asked to speak on business ethics to a community organization here in Silicon Valley.

As always, I learn more by preparing for a speech than by hearing a speech. Here were my take-aways on ethical business practices:

* First, character counts: As Chrysalis Software CEO Debbie Diersch says, “In all you think, say or do, never make yourself right by making the other person wrong.”

* Second, community matters: My friend Darius Assemi, CEP of Granville Homes, often states, “Character is defined by how you treat those who can do nothing for you.”

* Third, colleagues come first: My mentor and friend David Wright, CEO of Clear-Edge Power, says “When you take care of your people, they will take care of business.”

* Fourth, course corrections are possible: Tigo Energy CEO Sam Arditi reminds me to “Never live in the shadows of our mistakes. Let them light your way.”

We are on Earth for only a short time. Learn from yesterday. Listen and humbly lead today. Look forward to tomorrow.

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