High Principles and Integrity/Martin Rosenfeld

Posted on April 3, 2014

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This is the season of March Madness (though it spills over into April). The college basketball season winds down until a new NCAA champion is crowned. To the surprise of some, the UConn basketball team has made it to the Final Four. In recent days, many articles have appeared about the UConn coach, Kevin Ollie (“KO”). Kevin Ollie was featured in an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal. The article emphasized how Mr. Ollie has been a professional basketball player on many teams, but always in a bit part. His lifetime statistics in both scoring and assists could politely be described as anemic. Why then did so many teams want to have K.O. on their roster? Apparently, his mentor, Coach Jim Calhoun said it well: Mr. Ollie is a man of high principle and integrity. He had qualities that teams with emerging stars wanted to have mirrored in their team performance. He was a model player and a model human being.

Those who go through a process of divorce, get advice from various sources. Get a fighter to represent you. Go for the attorney who is a “hired gun”. Stick it to the other side. True gentlemen like Kevin Ollie remind us that there is still a premium to be placed on principle and integrity. Need some advice about your divorce process? Go to a mediator who stands for principle and integrity. Go to someone who spends time thinking about how your divorce process can be humanized and dignified. In short, mediate don’t litigate. There are still people in the “arena” like Kevin Ollie who rebut the cliché that “Nice guys finish last.” There is never a substitute for hard work and a principled approach. Even if you are not a UConn Huskie fan, you can surely buy into that winning formula. K.O. has taught us that in this season of “Madness”.

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