Three Reasons to Praise Character

The idea of recognizing people for character is build around several important human traits.  First, when you honor people for character, it encourages them to build more character. It’s like a snowball. Once you start it rolling, it grows and grows. Second,...

Character is a Way of Life

Emphasizing character in your personal life, home, and company is a full-time commitment. Every decision you make will either build your character or diminish your character. When you accept that and commit to building your character, to modeling character, and to...

Happy Grandparent’s Day

I had the privilege of growing up across the street from my grandmother. She had a garden and often needed help. She would call me over, and it was my responsibility to plow the furrows, plant the seeds, hoe for weeds, and gather the produce. From her simple garden, I...

Roots and Fruits

Our character is like the root system of a tree. The deeper and healthier the root system of a tree, the stronger and more fruitful the tree will be. If the tree has a weak, diseased root system, it will be unhealthy and bear little or no fruit. To produce better...

Building a Common Language

Character First creates a common language that permeates the company. Even though you emphasize only one character quality a month, you might recognize employees for three or four different qualities at each meeting. As these employees are recognized, the other...

Good Hiring

Exactly how important is character when hiring? Is character more important than skill, or is skill more important than character? Where is the balance? Do you have to choose between character and skill, or is it possible for a person to have both skill and character?...