The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do.
1: Is it the truth?
2: Is it fair to all concerned?
3: Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4: Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
In the early 1930s Herbert J. Taylor an American set out to save the Club Aluminum Products Distribution Company from bankruptcy. He believed himself to be the only person in the company with 250 employees who had hope. His recovery plan started with changing the ethical climate of the company. He explained:
|“||The first job
was to set policies for the company that would reflect the high ethics
and morals God would want in any business. If the people who worked for
Club Aluminum were to think right, I knew they would do right. What we
needed was a simple, easily remembered guide to right conduct - a sort
of ethical yardstick- which all of us in the company could memorize and
apply to what we thought, said and did.
I searched through many books for the answer to our need, but the
right phrases eluded me, so I did what I often do when I have a problem I
can't answer myself: I turn to the One who has all the answers. I
leaned over my desk, rested my head in my hands and prayed. After a few
moments, I looked up and reached for a white paper card. Then I wrote
down the twenty-four words that had come to me:
1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned? I called it "The Four-Way Test" of the things we think, say or do."