Honesty—essential to business success

Yes, honesty and business do go hand in hand. And we can learn to protect ourselves from "bad deals."

Are you contemplating starting your own business? Or hoping for promotion to a position of greater responsibility? If so, you may be concerned that dishonesty in business practice threatens your success. Actually, everyone seeks protection from dishonest business dealings. It can be expensive—not to mention embarrassing—to be taken for a ride!

Dishonesty in business may assume many forms. And it often seems to operate undetected, at least for a time. The first step toward making sure that we're not cheated is to be honest ourselves. In the Gospel of Matthew we read, "All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." The logical parallel is that those who practice dishonesty in business have no protection against being taken for a ride by others.

Some may feel that being honest oneself is sufficient. But one can go further by selecting honest staff workers and being sure one's suppliers and clients are people of integrity.

Second Thought
April 12, 1993

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