November 10, 1992

Taking Action

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1. Launch “Operation Regardless”

Operation regardless is your commitment to treating everyone—all the time—correctly. It is a determination to alter the way you look at people and situations. Many times we operate with a filter that adjusts our response depending upon the situation or the person we are dealing with. The Power of One means that I treat everyone—no matter his or her position in life—as I would want to be treated.

● Do you have a sliding scale of treating some people one way and other people differently?

● Do some situations push you to slip into unethical terrain?

● Do you treat all people—all the time—correctly…regardless?

Regardless of Age or Position

● Are you consistent with your treatment of new hires as you are the old heads?

Communicate downward to subordinates with at least the same care and attention as you communicate upward to superiors.—L.B. Belker

● Do you treat the beautiful/powerful people in life the same as those who carry no apparent power?

● Do you give the respect and honor deserved to those seniors in your company and community or do you write them off as space takers?

Regardless of Consequence or Credit

● Sometimes people think they can justify their actions by forecasting the outcome of a situation—kind of like the end justifies the means. Sorry, folks, but that won’t fly for the Golden Life. You act ethically no matter what. Period.

● Only acting ethically when it benefits you, rather than a co-worker. That, too, doesn’t count as ethical living. Being ethical means being ethical at all times.

Regardless whether it is a Small Thing or a Big Thing

● Size of action doesn’t matter. Being honest does. Don’t apply ethics just when working with large sums of money, important customers, and deal-making issues. Apply the same standards across the board, whether it’s putting a full 60 cents in the snack box at work or turning in an invoice for an hourly job. The issues the same; the scale and shadow are the only thing that changes.

Regardless whether it is a Public Thing or a Private Thing.

● Sometimes it’s harder to do the right thing when it’s done in front of a crowd. Peer pressure is alive and kicking, even in the corporate world. Stand up for what’s right, even if it means standing apart from your peers. At least it will be for something good and honorable.

● When no one’s looking, no one will ever find out, or no one cares, it’s easy to pull off immoral or unethical practices. But does that make it any more right? No.

Let’s do a scorecard:

How would you rate your “motivator” in these situations? How motivated are you to practice the Power of One with everyone all the time?

Situation —Regardless Running Smoothly/ Needs a Tune Up/Major Overhaul

● If the person is powerful and
● If the person is a superior
● If the person is a subordinate
● If the deal is a small thing
● If the deal is a big thing
● If the deal is quiet and in
● If the deal is going to cost me
● If I get the credit
● If I don’t get the credit

2. Adopt the Golden Ruler

Begin to measure your every action against a single question. Don’t over-complicate it and don’t underestimate it. If One Person will take the One Rule and practice it for One Month, amazing moral traction happens. There is no environment where the ethical water line will not rise. There is something very powerful in doing the good, the right, and the true. The Golden Ruler measures our conduct against the One Rule. For the next 30 days ask yourself this question as often as possible:

● Am I treating others the way I would want them to treat me?

● Take the time to post this Rule in as many places as you can to help steer your thinking toward it. Name five prominent places in your life orbit that you can post the One Rule and leave it there for One Month.


I have had people say, “the rule works OK most of the time, but you just don’t know my particular situation. It is rather complex and complicated.” If the Rule doesn’t seem to work as effectively as you wish, let me give you three questions that actually stand alongside and even behind the One Rule. If you were to turn the Golden Ruler over this is what you would find: three shorter questions of measurement. These three doors will lead to the same room.

● Is it Right?

● Is it Good?

● Is it True?

Remember, seeing someone practice the Power of One is contagious. Do you believe that? Really? It only takes one person practicing the Power of One to start a trend.

Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be that one person. Make a difference.

He who reforms himself, has done much toward reforming others; and one reason why the world is not reformed, is, because each would have others make a beginning, and never thinks of himself doing it.—Thomas Adams

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