Before partnership agreements . . .

there were unwritten rules for doing business. Community values and norms dictated how people did business with each other. A hand shake and a smile was all a person needed to feel comfortable that the person they were doing business with was trustworthy and transparent.

The events of the last year (several years in the making) now require a different approach. What was once thought to be intrinsic to our way of doing business with each other, must now take the form of an explicit communication of our values and principles.

What are your values and how do you live them daily? Stating your values and articulating them as operating principles is a good place to start. If we are to be accountable, we must start with defining for what we are accountable.

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