Thursday, July 27, 2017
Only Two Words Matter

Only Two Words Matter

Truth and Trust

Volume 1504 Number 4

Contracting gets a bad rap nowadays, often well-deserved. We’ve personally dealt with contractors for two plumbing, two tile, three electrical, three minor improvement and one air conditioning project in Costa Mesa. Some contractors were courteous, others rather surly. One was an abomination in work quality as well as reliability. Two plumbers, one tile installer and one electrician have been reliable in their work, and all of them kept their promises to call or to show up for work.

“Jack Welch Says Only Two Words Matter for Leaders Today: Truth and Trust.”

“When they trust you, you’ll get truth. And if you get truth, you get speed. If you get speed, you’re going to act. That’s how it works.*”

We have only a limited ability to judge a contractor until he starts work – so far we’ve found that those we can’t trust to call or show up when promised are more likely to cut corners, steal from the house – and eventually get fired. If they keep their word in small things we are more willing to trust them on bigger things.

What about truth and trust in Costa Mesa politics?

We’ve found that Mayor Mensinger and Pro Tem Righeimer return calls as promised, whether to followers or to people opposing their views. Councilman Monahan returns our calls and is usually available for personal discussion. Councilwoman Genis does not return our calls or emails, maybe because she believes we disagree with her. If you won’t talk to people who disagree with you . . . but that goes back to Cult behavior1. We haven’t called Councilwoman Foley.

Mensinger published a “Contract with Costa Mesa2” and asked that he be held to his promises. Has he kept them? Can we trust a politician who keeps his promises (even if we disagree with some of his positions)?

A local blogger (Bubbles3) has raised an alarm about “paving over Fairview Park” twice while knowing well that the paving he warned of was impossible. He maligned Mensinger and Righeimer knowing his claims were false4.He promised to “work harder and defeat Righeimer this time (2014)” – and failed. (Grandiosity, yes – but by his own criteria he failed. Yet he spouts many reasons for failing — none of them are his fault.)

During selection and training for high responsibility in the military candidates are taught to speak the whole truth – only. “Are you equivocating with me Candidate” is heard frequently in Officer Candidate School, and at West Point. This reinforces what Walsh posited in his book: speak the truth.

We haven’t heard Mensinger or Righeimer equivocate – have you? The blogger, and the Councilwomen, though  . . .

Who should we trust? Who will help us make Costa Mesa better and better? Those who refuse to hear ideas from non-followers, those who rally attacks on windmills, and those who equivocate to avoid truth? Or those who return calls and keep their promises?

“Only two words matter for leaders today . . .”


*The Real Life MBA

1Discussed previously here and here


3Bubbles’ ID NFO

4Libelous utterances?




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