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FIRMSconsulting Honor Code

Our expectations of our members.

FIRMSconsulting is a leadership community devoted to the creation of practical and actionable business knowledge to solve mankind’s toughest problems. We are a community of leaders because we implement the knowledge and create measurable banked-benefits.

We – the FIRMSconsulting community, including the team and members – view integrity, drive, and the intent to solve the most difficult problems for our families, organizations, clients, cities, countries and the world, as the basis for intellectual discovery, achieving moonshot goals, and enacting a meaningful change in the world. We are not only here to learn. We must solve the problem.

We thus hold integrity, a values-driven, and results oriented attitude in the representation of our work and in our interactions with other members of the FIRMSconsulting community, FIRMSconsulting team, and prospective members, as the foundation of our community.

The FIRMSconsulting Honor Code outlines what constitutes honorable behavior within our community. FIRMSconsulting is firmly committed to the principles of honor and prides itself on the spirit of integrity and drive to make a positive impact by seeking out and solving the greatest challenges facing our future.

The FIRMSconsulting team and valued members of the FIRMSconsulting community practice 8 values. Our values define us and our independence is sacrosanct. Every decision we make and every action we take is always in keeping with our value system. We always place our clients’ interest first and do not share client information. We treat client information as if it were our own. We make recommendations which we would personally follow, no matter how unpopular or controversial they may be.

We are professionals who view ethical business as the highest calling. We use a simple test to determine if we are honoring our principles: can we routinely cite instances where we declined a potentially lucrative deal because it was not in keeping with our value system? We believe there is no point in having principles if we refuse to follow them when it counts.

To be a member in good standing of the Firmsconsulting community, members need to adhere to FIRMSconsulting Honor Code, summarized below.

Our decisions do not compromise our values.

We are not value-driven professionals pursuing profits. We are values-driven professionals following an internal code of conduct, the FIRMSconsulting Honor Code, which we always place before monetary gain. Our independence allows us to routinely disagree with clients and share unpopular ideas when doing so places client’s best interests before our own. We build long-term client relationships and champion counter-intuitive views which may be unpopular to hear, and difficult to execute, but is required to bring about the needed changes for clients.

We display the highest standards of professional integrity.

Both during the pursuit of our goals, and thereafter, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of professional conduct. We honor our commitments.

We manage our clients’ resources and reputations as if they were our own.

We bring the best of the Firm to every client relationship and may take unpopular steps to enhance our clients’ reputations. We take great pride in refusing to follow conventional wisdom when the data suggests a different approach.

We practice intellectual humility.

We generously dispense advice while engaging our community on the belief that respect is a right. It need not be earned. We treat all clients in a manner demonstrating our belief they will one day take a leadership role.

We keep all information confidential.

We do not disclose confidential information. We best serve our clients by only enacting discrete initiatives to support their ambitions.

We let our impact speak for itself.

We believe delivering outstanding value for our clients is the best way to build sustainable long-term relationship with those clients. Our intentions and results will determine our destiny.

We strive to develop balanced consulting leaders.

We develop our clients’ and team’s will, character, capacity and capability required to accomplish their goals.

We support each FIRMSconsulting member and FIRMSconsulting.

As a member of the FIRMSconsulting community, I pledge to support and respect other members and FIRMSconsulting as an organization, to respect the property of others and to adhere to FIRMSconsulting’s policies.

The stronger each of us are, the stronger we are together. The more we support FIRMSconsulting the more powerful resources and opportunities can become available to each member of the FIRMSconsulting community, given FIRMSconsulting’ decade long track record of reinvesting back into the community to further enhance members’ competitive advantage. And the more powerful resources are available to FIRMSconsulting members, the more impact we can collectively make in the world.

Accepting both the privileges and responsibilities of living by this code of honor, I resolve to uphold this code and not to tolerate any violations of its spirit or principles.

Violations of our policies and the Honor Code are reported through many methods, but any member of the FIRMSconsulting community may officially report a violation of the Honor Code by contacting [email protected].

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