Speak the Truth – whatever the cost

Selfridges LondonDoes speaking the truth matter?  What hurt is a small lie going to do?

I remember hearing a story about Mr Selfridge of the Selfridge’s retail store fame.  When he started his business in London, he hired a personal secretary to help him.  It is said that one morning a phone call was received by his secretary from a person that Mr Selfridge did not want to speak to.  When the secretary tried to put the call through to him,  Mr Selfridge asked the secretary to say that he was not in the building and, therefore, couldn’t speak on the phone.

The secretary made a very risky choice.  Handing the phone to Mr Selfridge, it is understood that the secretary said “Please tell the caller yourself.  I am not prepared to lie for you.  If you know I am prepared to lie, you will never know when I am speaking the truth.”  WOW.

How true this story is I don’t know but the point of it is incredible.  The secretary was prepared to:

  • live by his values
  • put his job on the line
  • challenge his boss
  • call his boss to account
  • show his strength of character

How ready am I, are we, to speak the truth in all things regardless of the consequences?

Speaking truth is part of integrity, it’s part of a good character, it’s part of being a leader.  Enough said.

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About katehobbs

Mother to two who are now independant and living away from home. Wife to Steve, for the last 26yrs and looking forward to many more years. I have enjoyed 18 months in the Okanagan, something that I have longed to have the opportunity to do for a while. Living a dream, you could say. Now, I am interning with Living Waters Canada based in Vancouver until end of April 2013. I love to grow my own food - it tastes so much better. I also build up, train and encourage others to achieve more than they thought possible.
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2 Responses to Speak the Truth – whatever the cost

  1. Hi Kate,
    Truth in all matters is a principle (like unconditional love) that I aspire to but will never achieve perfection. So little white lies will be told and tactful silence will also be practiced on occasion. Honesty without compassion can be cruel in some instances. At least I’m honest about this (he said being slightly defensive).

    • katehobbs says:

      Hi Riley
      It is so hard to speak the truth, and I know that I will fall down on this day after day. I love your “tactful silence” comment. There are times when it is better not to say anything, especially is you don’t have that level of trust and relationship with the person to feel you can speak the truth, or you don’t have permission to speak it out.
      Appreciate your honesty too. Being real about our stuff is one of the most powerful witnesses ever. Good for you. Here’s to being real!

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