Hi fellow CMIOs, CNIOs, and other #Informatics and #HealthIT friends,
A brief pause from Applied Clinical Informatics, just for a moment.
Today's post is related to some helpful business ethics advice I once received from a wise and successful businessman my mother used to work for. His name was James ('Jim') Everett Robison (11/22/1915 - 2/21/1998), and he was a very successful businessman and Harvard Business School graduate who, in addition to having a wonderful and loving family, also counted Roy Little and Thomas J. Watson, Jr. as some of his business associates and friends.
A retired and decorated WWII Air Force Major (who flew 63 completed missions, 402 combat hours, 26 squadron leads, 7 group leads, and 1 wing lead!), Jim Robison lived and breathed integrity.
Growing up, I would run into Mr. Robison occasionally, while my mother was working for him in Armonk, NY back in the 1980s and 1990s. During one of my visits to my mother's workplace, he shared a message with me - one that he apparently also shared with many other people - about the importance of honesty, integrity, and ethics in business.
His message was once captured beautifully by his good friend Charles Osgood, who shared it in his November 24th, 1992 Osgood File message.
The message is still so important and relevant, that I think it bears repeating today. Transcribed from an old cassette tape I found in my attic, here it is :