Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The Real Thing: Accept No Substitute

Tom Stoppard wrote an amazing play called “The Real Thing” where nothing viewed on stage is the real thing, and some things are less real than others. I thought of this play as I read a press release that was sent out today by a Silicon Valley company.

Being real means not stealing, lying, nor creating fiction. It means doing the right thing each and every time. It means not falsifying even once. It means not listening to certain inner voices which encourage certain individuals to steal, lie and falsify in order to keep their jobs, score a point, or justify the investment by others.

This is not idealism. Keeping it real is a challenge. Being authentic is difficult. The real deal takes hard work, original thought, vision and real leadership.

To paraphrase G. K. Chesterton – English author (1874 - 1936) – a good press release tells us the truth about a new product; but a bad press release tells us the truth about the company it came from.

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