All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Honor is a virtue. Honor is about what is given, not received. Have you ever said, “It is an honor to serve…”? Today, unless we are speaking of our courageous service members, we don’t use the word “honor” too much. There is once exception: when one is nominated for an award or wins one. Yet, if you reflect back to the opening statements of “it’s truly an honor to receive this award…” that statement isn’t about the award, it’s about the service being recognized.
Why am I discussing honor? It’s Memorial Weekend in The United States of America. I’ve been trying to find an uncommon and great movie to help us take a moment to honor and memorialize our service members. I didn’t want the typical shoot ’em up war movie. I finally found one! It is quite profound. Wonderfully filled with honorable moments that it gave me the clue to write about honor in business. I will watch it again with my husband, a US Marine veteran, before I post it on Sunday (for you to watch it either Sunday or Monday).
This information can help us appreciate the noble actions which create honoring moments. America honors its unknown service members in the most glorious fashion. Please click here to learn about “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier“. The Tomb Guards or Sentinels hold one of the most honorable duties in America. If you haven’t seen them, click on this: Guard Change at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to learn more about the Sentinels’ unwavering sacrifice and commitment to honor the Unknown Soldier, and all heroes it represents.
Recently I’ve been speaking with a gent who is the co-owner of a rather ambitious start-up. Their business concept is a game changer for society. It will alter how business is conducted. You know how I support such efforts as this all day long! I am fascinated with his concept because it will bring honor and dignity back to the workplace. This infers it isn’t there any longer. In many cases it is true – others not.
As I referenced in a recent blog; businesses are a mere reflection of their leaders. Read more about this in this blog about Mad Men’s lessons regarding business cycles. Too often businesses say they are honorable, but don’t have people to actualize it. This is why I’m intrigued with this most recent bout of conversations. I believe I met another wonderful person who is interested in delivering such a noble concept… and has the business plan to do it.
Brilliant Breakthroughs Big Question:
Are you delivering honorable service and care to your customers, team, and business allies?
“Who sows virtue reaps honor.”
~ Leonardo Da Vinci
“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”
“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”
~ Bradley Whitford
“The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker.
~ Richard M. Nixon
” Honor your commitments with integrity.”
~ Les Brown
Please feel free to share anything regarding how you demonstrate and support honor in your workplace to enhance YOUR business success…
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p. s.: Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served for our freedom. Our liberty is appreciated. The honor you offer us, through your service, is deeply remembered this weekend.