Clancy, Family Business and Mutual Respect

November 20, 2017

By Mike Bossy

As many of you are well aware, I am a big fan of the late Tom Clancy. Now others have continued with the Jack Ryan franchise.  In the most recent Jack Ryan novel I finished reading, Point of Contact, written by Mike Maden, Jack Ryan senior says, “Many of … [insert your own country’s name or organization’s name here]’s problems could be lessened, if not solved, if the concept of mutual respect was ever recovered.”

In the context of your family business, is mutual respect included as part of your core values and beliefs? What is your definition? Lead by example? Kindness? Cordiality? Banning derogatory remarks? Swearing? Perhaps it’s a policy behind the freedom of expression without fear of retribution? Valuing of diversity? Get this right and I think you will create an organization open to a very compelling future.

Get your definition of respect in place now.

P.S. Our institutions, in particular our institutes of higher learning, have lost their way. They are no longer the bastion of freedom of expression. Political correctness has run amok. As Voltaire once said, “I do not agree with what you have to say but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”



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