Integrity Matters Broadcasts

August 1, 2005

Success: substantive relationships

Dear Friends:

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 liver donor

John 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 right thing.

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 same.

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 here:

Herman L. Edwards
Photo by Sports Bayline's Scrapbook

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:




Cultural Clarity:







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: Integrity Matters.

In the meantime, our book, Integrity Matters , is also available on the Day 1 website. A portion of any income will be shared with Day 1 . Purchase here:

To purchase a CD with all three of my inspirational messages, which were broadcast by Day 1, in May and June, 2005; click here: 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.


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