From the cover…
by the Honorable Charles B. Renfrew
“Integrity Matters is an incredibly
ambitious and bold book. Jim Bracher and Dan Halloran
have offered a proposal for dealing with the moral
decline in this country – which has afflicted
all of us – including institutions such as
government, church and business.
They have identified the cause as a decline in
integrity. This book dissects integrity into eight
component parts or attributes. Integrity Matters
is the end product of and based upon their twenty-four
years of identifying and training leadership qualities.
The attributes are described in detail and if they
become a part of our personal lives will restore
integrity which they believe is the bedrock of our
political and economic lives.
They start with the individual – each of
us has a responsibility to restore integrity in
our own lives. And they offer valuable suggestions
as to how to accomplish this. Integrity grows from
those initial – individual efforts.
In Shakespeare’s words, “The fault,
dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
First self-awareness – then self-knowledge
and we are on our way. In our families we teach
by example which will expand by our actions into
the broader community.
Jim and Dan emphasize the vital role that leaders
play in establishing and maintaining integrity.
Theirs is a timely and valuable book. It is must
reading for all who are concerned about the moral
dry rot that is the subject of media exposure. It
may be even more important for those who are unaware
of the moral cancer that is spreading throughout
our lives or do not appreciate its extent.
Whether there are eight attributes, fewer or more,
or even whether the concept of integrity precisely
defines our present crisis is not as important as
is the fact that profound improvements in our social
fabric would result from following their proposals.
They are the guidelines to the creation of a much
needed sense of community and wholeness in our society.
Jim and Dan have done a great service in showing
us the path to the restoration of integrity. The
responsibility is now ours to follow it.”
--The Honorable Charles B. Renfrew, former United
States Federal Judge, former Deputy Attorney General
of the United States, former Vice-President, Legal
Affairs, Chevron Corporation, San Francisco, California
by Peter D. Hannaford
In an age steeped in moral relativism and easy-going
ethics, it is not surprising to find that the Chief
Executive Officer of a large corporation stands
trial for looting the treasury of his publicly traded
company. And recently, that a number of mutual fund
managers and currency traders have been indicted
for fleecing investors of a large amount of money
over a period of years. Nor is it all that surprising
to find that a President has sex with an intern
in the Oval Office and lies about it.
What has happened to integrity in American life?
It has been taking a beating—and a big one—for
three decades or so. The erosion of standards of
behavior (a result of the assault on respect for
authority that began in the 1960s) has, in turn,
eroded the concept of conscience and has all but
eliminated shame as a factor in one's behavior.
How can one be ashamed of breaking standards of
behavior if there are none to break?
While it may seem that the "anything goes"
approach to life is unstoppable, there are many
people who still believe that standards of behavior,
conscience and integrity are essential if we are
to have a moral and just society. Certainly, the
readers of Jim Bracher's column, "Integrity
Matters," believe that. And, for every individual
who writes in to ask him a question about integrity,
there must be thousands who share those same concerns.
You will meet a number of such readers in this
book, written by Jim and his colleague Dan Halloran.
The answers Jim gives to his readers' questions
amount to common sense guidelines through the minefield
of moral relativism and "situation ethics."
This book will show you the steps to take to ensure
that your business, civic organization or volunteer
group can operate with high standards of integrity.
The companion question to "Whatever happened
to integrity?" is "How can we get it back?"
The authors have the answer, and it is yours for
the reading—and to implement.
Peter D. Hannaford is the author of nine books
(seven about U.S. Presidents) and numerous articles.
He has worked in the profession of public affairs
for more than 30 years.