Integrity Matters Broadcasts
August 1, 2005
Success: substantive relationships
Miracles happen. Dreams come true. Success sometimes
starts with basic survival. A case in point involves introducing
you to our friend, John Rader, and the
gentleman who saved his life, his liver donor, Saul
Sarinana . Jane and I have known John Rader for
a long time, beginning when he lived in Honolulu, managing
the Outrigger Canoe Club. Shortly after his move to Carmel,
and becoming the manager of The Beach & Tennis Club
in Pebble Beach, he encountered serious health challenges,
including a diseased liver. His story, which we condensed,
was originally presented in the Orange County Register,
by Keith Sharon on June 18, 2005. John Rader's compelling
struggle confirms that relationships, perseverance and
optimism combine to enable individuals not only to survive,
but to prosper.
John with Jim - more recently with Saul Sarinana - his
Rader and Jim Bracher (2002)
Leonard Ortiz, The Orange County Register
John Rader was dying rapidly of a rare
liver disease. In April of 2004, John's handyman, Saul Sarinana,
approached John and asked "So what is this you have?" After
John explained his situation, Saul replied, "I may
want to donate." Upon this remarkable gesture John
explained that donors needed to be blood relatives.
After a period of time, Saul returned to do more work
for the Raders. He asked if John still needed a liver;
explaining he had learned that a donor did not have to
be a relative. He offered to have a blood test. The test
results showed different blood types. Again, John thanked
Saul and said it wasn't possible.
However, John was wrong. After more research, Saul found
out that type-O is universally compatible. He called the
Raders back and said, "My blood does work." Nothing
was going to prevent Saul Sarinana from helping John Rader.
He had no other motivation. After all, body parts cannot
be donated for financial gain. He simply wanted to do the
And so, doctors at the University of Southern California
removed 60 percent of Sarinana's liver and transplanted
it into Rader. Everything worked out for John, but Saul
remained in intensive care - in and out of a comatose
state for several days. Finally, Saul Sarinana regained
consciousness and approached John saying "What I
did, I would do again. It was an honor."
Life giving and life affirming - gifts given and
received. Now the lives of two people will never be the
Individuals do good deeds. Despite incredible challenges
faced by modern society, it is important that efforts continue
to expand the integrity conversation; activating the best
of who we are. A powerful movie, Field of Dreams, makes
the point that we can recover what once was good and could
be good again. In the movie, actor Kevin Kostner learns
that: "Heaven is where dreams come true." Hollywood's
remarkable talent can contribute constructively to attitudes
and actions. To bring the point even closer to home, click
Herman L. Edwards
On Wednesday morning, June 29, 2005, a friend of ours, Herman
Edwards , Head Coach of the New York Jets, shared
sound wisdom with 850 people. A challenge, often attributed
to basketball coaching legend, Mr. John Wooden, is remembered
because it was directed to a young superstar in-the-making,
whose ego, without Coach Wooden's counsel, might
have limited his career. Young Bill Walton heard these
words years ago. They still apply. "Talent
is God-given, be humble ... Fame is human-given; be thankful
... Conceit is self- given; be careful."
Effectiveness, as liver donor, media
mogul, coach, business leader or public servant, from
start to finish, has specific requirements that Dimension
Five Consultants and the Bracher Center can help to leverage. Effectiveness comes to those
who listen, internalize and apply. Learn about our five "C's
for Effectiveness" and how our expertise maximizes
talent while expanding integrity-centered leadership:
2. COMMON PURPOSE
Cultural Clarity: http://www.brachercenter.com/services04.html
Many individuals possess and utilize the leadership
assets listed above. Even so, there is no substitute
for skills, systems and structures (including continuous
monitoring) with reference to functioning effectively.
An integrity-centered leader is able to:
1. Plan - where
you are going and create the written plan.
2. Organize - how
you are going to get there, specifically.
3. Staff - with
integrity-centered colleagues who hasten achievement.
4. Direct - with
clarity what is to be accomplished, by when; avoiding dictating
the "how to's."
5. Control - through
success milestones; recognizing and rewarding accomplishment;
simultaneously identifying warning signs, taking preventative
actions before derailing.
It really does boil down to integrity. The "verbal
handshake" is about character; demonstrating
consistency between word and deed. The need was never
greater for congruence between what we say and what we
do. To further clarify the point, click here: http://www.brachercenter.com/columns/2005/2005-7-20.html. Integrity
In the meantime, our book, Integrity Matters ,
is also available on the Day 1 website.
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To purchase a CD with all three of my inspirational messages,
which were broadcast by Day 1, in May
and June, 2005; click here: http://www.alliance4media.org/servlet/the-128/Rev.-Jim-James-Bracher/Detail.
The income from the sale of these CD's remains 100%
with Day 1 . Giving back is one way to
honor our commitment to maintain balance between self-interest
and social responsibility.
Our September Broadcast
will address ways
to secure moorings
in an unstable world.