El Caracter es Primero

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Tom Hill is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Kimray, Inc., a manufacturer of oilfield equipment and controls. Tom began his career at Kimray in 1971 after seven years in the United States Marine Corps including a tour in Vietnam as a Radar Intercept Officer in F4-B Phantom jets and then earning a B.S.E.E. from Oklahoma State University. Upon graduation from Oklahoma State University he received the St. Pat Award, the highest honorary recognition in the College of Engineering, and the Outstanding Electrical Engineer Award.

Tom is the Founder of Character First and the Character Training Institute, Inc., a non-profit 501©(3) organization dedicated to providing materials and training for families, schools, businesses, and other organizations interested in building good character. He is a regularly invited speaker on character and ethics in business. Character First began at Kimray with a desire to help all employees be successful. Since all lasting achievement is rooted in good character, encouraging and building good character helps individuals and families reach their full potential. Successful families lead to successful businesses and communities.

Since its inception in 1992, thousands of businesses, schools, and communities in the United States and 27 other countries have implemented the Character First program. In 2012, Character First became part of Strata Leadership LLC.

Tom has served as trustee or board member for the Character Council of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University, the Institute in Basic Life Principles, Scope Ministries International, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, and Oklahoma City YMCA. Tom currently serves as a Board Member of Oklahoma Christian University's Academy of Leadership and Liberty, Novo Ministries, Metro Tech Foundation, and Founding Board Member of Salt and Light Leadership Training (SALLT) in Oklahoma City.

Tom was named the Oklahoma Central Baptist Association Christian Citizen of the Year in 1998, received the CBMC Salt and Light Award in 2002, and a Honorary Doctor of Laws from Oklahoma Christian University in 2005. In 2008 Tom received the Great Patriot award from the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge and the Valir Health Community Award. In 2009 Tom received the George Washington Award from the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge.

Tom and his wife Kay have been married since 1963. They have three married children and twenty grandchildren.

El Caracter es Primero

Desarrollando una Cultura de Caracter en las Organizaciones

Authored by Mr. Tom Hill
Authored with Mr. Walter Jenkins

There is a way to lead your team to greatness. There is hope, and there can be a light at the end of the tunnel that isn't a train. The problems we face are frequently personal character issues that cannot be solved with programs, techniques, or more hours at the office. Creating a culture of character within an organization is the solution to many of these challenges. Fortunately, there is a way to make this transformation that has been tried and proven in a myriad of arenas.

There are many definitions of "character," including being an odd person. But character as defined in this book is not personality or reputation but moral constitution. It is what drives a person's attitudes, words, and actions.

Be forewarned. Character is a leadership issue. The success of transforming the culture of your company is directly related to your ability to recognize and repair your own character deficiencies. Character begins at the top. However, your personal character is not the only issue. You must be committed to teaching and modeling good character to others.

This book begins after my first 20 years at Kimray and contains the "turnaround" story of the next 20 years. By applying the message of this book, you can avoid some of the grief I experienced from self-absorbed leadership. When you focus on the success of your employees and co-workers, creativity is released, responsibility is seized, and dependability becomes commonplace.

-Tom Hill

Publication Date:
0983088853 / 9780983088851
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Spanish; Castilian
Black and White
Related Categories:
Business & Economics / Business Ethics

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