How Trustworthy Are You?
It was 1976, and I had been a financial advisor for a little more than four years and God had blessed me with wonderful clients even in my early days at Merrill Lynch. One of the strangest situations that I ever experienced took place over the summer and fall of that year. It centered around one of the most hotly contested Senate races that Ohio, had ever seen. Somehow, the leaders of the campaigns for candidates, Howard Metzenbaum, and Robert Taft, Jr. turned out to be clients of mine. They didn't know that I was the advisor for both themselves and their adversary.
One afternoon, television ads started
to run that were quite derogatory about one of the
candidates, and the campaign manager for the victim
of this ad called and wanted to talk about what I
thought. This was very early in how TV ads were being
used for negative campaigning and my opinion was
offered and not really followed. Next thing I know,
there is a counter ad and the campaign manager for
the other side calls and starts to ask my opinion.
Since my answer was the same to both managers that
I did not like negative ad's and an issues oriented approach always seemed best, neither of these people actually followed my advice and the mudslinging went on for the better part of the summer. To this day, neither of the campaign managers ever knew that I was the financial advisor for the other. In actuality, I could have made life very difficult for either campaign if I had not held all of their questions and comments in strictest confidentiality.
Andy Stanley shared with the Kingdom
Advisors conference last year that financial advisors
have a uniquely powerful and responsible position
of trust. I was reminded of just how important that
trust is when news of Senator Metzenbaum's obituary appeared in the New York Times this past week. Even though we disagreed on just about every political position, he and his people deserved my best example of trust and confidentiality that I could provide.
As you think about the roles you will
play this week, I hope you will find this passage
in Proverbs helpful:
"He whose ear heeds wholesome admonition will
abide among the wise. He who ignores instruction
despises himself, but he who heeds admonition gains
understanding. The fear of the Lord is instruction
in wisdom, and humility goes before honor." (Proverbs 15:31-33)
Morning Message Sent 3/17/08
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