Let’s say you're on an airplane above North Africa headed from Tripoli to Cairo. You’re right over the Sahara Desert when the plane crashes. Nobody's hurt, but you're all stranded in the middle of the Sahara. After you've figured out how much water you have and have all your supplies together and built a shelter, what’s the next step you should take? You need to figure out where you are relative to Cairo so that you don’t head off the wrong way. You need to know where you are in regards to your goal.
As you probably heard, Equifax had a data breach and 143 million American's identities are potentially at risk. It’s a good idea to find out if you have been affected, and to protect your personal information as much as possible for the future. Though there is nothing that can guarantee your information is 100 percent safe, there are some steps you can take to make yourself more secure:
I can't imagine what it would be like to have everything washed away. I don't know how I would react to that. I hope I would be like Money Matters’ team in Houston.
The North Central Texas Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently announced that Money Matters is a finalist for the Torch Award for Ethics*. Applying for the award end up being a reward of its own kind, because writing answers to essay questions about ethics forced me to really think about the way we handle ethics at Money Matters. I believe that being ethical is primary. It's the most important thing about doing business, especially in the financial services industry, where we manage people’s life savings. I also believe that our ethics make us stand out in the field. I've always told my daughters that if you tell people what you are going to do, and you do it the way you said you would, you do it on time, and you do it at the price you quoted, people will beat a path to your door.
I believe that living by a strong code of ethics makes life better. Leading an ethical life, whether in business or just in general, makes everything so much easier. When you do the right thing, you don't have to think about anything—everything takes care of itself. I think ethics are even more important in the financial services industry because we're given a great responsibility: we handle people’s life savings. We should go out of our way to be open about everything.
I recently learned that Money Matters is a finalist in the North Central Texas Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics*. I’m thrilled that we’ve been given this honor and look forward to finding out who wins in September. I also found that filling out the application was a great exercise, because it forced me to sit down and really think about how we handle ethics at Money Matters.
I recently announced that Money Matters is a finalist in the North Central Texas Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics. The application was almost like a term paper (it took me a month to complete!), with essay questions about the way we conduct our business. I believe ethics should be at the forefront of everyone’s dealings in business, in school, with family, with friends, everywhere, regardless of who you are or what you do, so last week I shared my answer to the BBB’s question about ethical leadership.
The BBB Torch Awards application also asked for an instance where “the leader and leadership team transfer their ethical beliefs by their active engagement with their industry and the communities from which the organization derives its customers, workforce, vendors, investors and governess.” I answered this question with letters from two of the community organizations that Money Matters supports: Habitat for Humanity, and The Boys and Girls Club.