For more than half my life, I have been a Rotarian. Perhaps you already know that Rotary International is one of the oldest and largest civic clubs on the planet. Perhaps you did not know that it played a major role in the elimination of polio, with one of my Samford University presidential predecessors, Leslie Wright, coordinating a global effort to promote vaccination. And a major piece of Rotary International’s process focuses on measuring our decisions.
A Rotary mainstay is the “four-way test.” Here it is:
For all we think, say and do:
- Is it the truth;
- Is it fair to all concerned;
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships; and
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
How often do we apply these simple questions to our individual and corporate decisions? Not often enough, at least in my case.
For your transitional and transcendent questions, press them through the four-way grid before settling on final answers. If we measure our decisions, you and your organization will be better for it.
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