For years while working in energy commodity markets, especially during my tenure at the New York Mercantile Exchange, learning the basis of work ethics never really occurred to me, initially. As time went on, understanding the ins-and-outs of business dealings became challenging and more and more significant. The larger the deal, the more convoluted, not so cut and dry.
Becoming aware of making deals work and acquiring experience in handling negotiations, where large amounts of money are exchanged, was the ground work in learning to make important decisions that had long-term effects. There had been times when I had to sit back and question the outcome of situations. Maybe a sense of naiveness, early on, wasn’t such a bad characteristic. As I sat and witnessed lawsuits, watched colleagues subpoenaed and some sent off to jail, it was through tenacity and perseverance that the decision to remain dignified in all business practices became my duty. The birth of loyalty, honesty and integrity as a core belief became my backbone in every deal, transaction and accomplishment, to which I would set forth.
Now, being in real estate dealings, I can sit back and watch others test the waters. It never seems to fail me when I watch from a far and see a flashback of a poor decision or an inappropriate one. Years of experience in trading with “the big boys” meant getting it or getting out. It is remarkable to watch, knowing who can and who cannot explain the basis of “ethics.” Loyalty, honesty and integrity remains foreign to some, but for those who get it….a reflection of their accomplishments have already been made.
To hear Michele Marano’s radio show on Loyalty, Integrity, Honesty with former NBA star, John Egan, go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/everythingrealestate.
John Egan shares his life long views and experience in “Understanding the Basis of Ethics: Loyalty, Honesty, Integrity”