Character First the Magazine

  • A Balanced Approach to Problem-Solving

    When seeking to be more creative in problem-solving, one of the first things that must be considered is the nature of the problem I am attempting to address. Is the problem rooted in character (C1) or competence (C2)?

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  • Managing Organizational Change

    Organizational change can bring out creativity in each of your employees. Capitalize on that creative growth to propel your organization through that change so that it emerges on the other side more effective, responsive, and ready to conquer the market

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  • Learning Moments vs Defining Moments

    As is the case with every living language, the meaning of words can change over the course of time. This is why communication on important and key concepts such as "Tolerance" can be so challenging.

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  • Getting Along with Sandpaper People

    Being tolerant isn’t easy. It requires you to be intentional in your response to others and not have a “knee-jerk” reaction. With careful thought and effort, you can shape your responses instead of letting others control you.

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  • Defining What Is Expected

    When you tolerate a friend, co-worker, or loved one, you give the person room to grow into a more mature human being—just as you hope others give you room to grow. This provides a framework for building trust, strengthening relationships, and finding the good in each situation.

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  • Developing a Competitive Edge

    One sign of a great team at work is the ability to use existing resources to solve problems. These teams recognize that resources are often limited, and consequently they look for creative ways to enhance efficiency.

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  • Making "Cents" of Your Child's Future

    We often overlook the responsibility of teaching our children about money management. With fewer companies offering pensions and growing uncertainty about the future of Social Security, teaching diligence, thrift, and resourcefulness to the next generation is more important than ever!

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  • Time Is Money

    Time is one of the main things that contribute to making a profit. This includes delivering products on schedule, being quick to respond to customer needs, keeping commitments in a timely manner, and giving a full day’s work for a full day’s pay.

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  • Little Moments that Matter

    There are many practical ways to apply punctuality to our lives. But if we think about punctuality as doing the right thing at the right time out of respect for other people, we can apply this concept in an entirely different and exciting way!

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  • Kids and the Clock

    When I was growing up, I did not really understand the importance of being on time. Even though I knew I had to be at school on time and that people expected me to be punctual, I still had no real idea about the value of timeliness. It wasn’t until I entered the United States Air Force that this lack of understanding was tested.

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Welcome to the Conversation

Character First the Magazine provides training material around which supervisors can start conversations about personal integrity, gives you a place to meet others who care about their workplaces and communities, and applauds those who show integrity in their workplaces. We welcome your criticism whenever we fall short.