I subscribe to 10 fundamental principles and from these principles I derive 10 “therefore” statements. I call these my “Therefore Themes” to life.

No other success can compensate for failure in the home.

Therefore, make family THE priority.

Serving people is more important than solving problems.

Therefore, seek the most effective rather than most efficient solutions.

Wisdom is recognizing what you don’t know.

Therefore, keep asking questions.

Learning comes through change.

Therefore, find opportunities to change and embrace those opportunities.

Learning is enhanced through collaboration.

Therefore, make candor and conflict safe.

Inspiration is scattered among us.

Therefore, assume my ideas are flawed until proven otherwise.

It is a greater compliment to be trusted than to be loved.

Therefore, don’t compromise character; continuously improve competence.

People lack competence more than they lack character.

Therefore, never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Knowing the “what” and the “why” will help us accept the “how.”

Therefore, live by principles not preferences.

We judge ourselves by our intentions; others judge us by our behaviors.

Therefore, behave your way into trust.