Amy Rees Anderson

integrity

When You Lie Down With Dogs You Get Fleas

Throughout my career I have encountered many people in the business world:  Some are honest and good, and some are not.  The most important thing to recognize is this – when someone shows you who they are through their actions and their behavior – BELIEVE THEM!  If someone has shown a track record of honesty

Leaders: Clean Your Leadership House

“Hire and promote first on the basis of integrity; second, motivation; third, capacity; fourth, understanding; fifth, knowledge; and last and least, experience.”   -Dee Hock, founding CEO of Visa International I couldn’t agree with Dee’s statement more.  The following is an excerpt taken from a Forbes Article I wrote: “As a former CEO myself with the

Passive Aggressive Behavior Will Destroy A Company’s Culture

Back on March 6, 2013 I wrote an article in Forbes Called Passive Aggressive Behavior Will Destroy A Company’ Culture. That article rings as relevant today as it did back then. It reads: Passive-aggressive behavior in any company is one of the most destructive cancers to a culture that ends up killing both a great company, and the self-esteem of

Who You Are Is Evident In The Way You Treat Others

When I was CEO of my company interviewing people to hire, I never once had an interviewee choose to use their time in the interview to bash the other candidates applying for the job. And if they had, I certainly wouldn’t have been willing to hire them.  I would hire the candidate who shared our

You Can Lead A Horse To Water And Sometimes The Horse Will Crap In It

“You can lead a horse to water and sometimes the horse will crap in it.”  – Roger Ellerton Yesterday I was dealing with some fallout that was caused by someone who made some really unnecessary mistakes in a professional setting that had some really impactful consequences.  What was even more frustrating to me was that

Never Work A Day In Your Life?

Last Thursday was quite the whirlwind of a day!  I started off my day in the morning heading down to Provo Utah to speak at an event put on by RevRoad. RevRoad is a business accelerator for entrepreneurs that offers coworking space, legal services, marketing, accounting, mentoring services, etc in return for equity.  They asked

Speak The Truth

Years ago I wrote an article for Forbes called Speak The Truth Even If Your Voice Shakes which talked about the importance of giving people honest feedback in a respectful way, even at times it feels uncomfortable or  intimidating to do so.  In the article I shared seven lessons I’d learned about giving feedback and

The Most Valuable Currency There Is

“The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.” – Jim Carrey It was nine years ago yesterday, October 16, 2010, when I got the phone call letting me know that my best friend Steve Gasser had died. It was totally unexpected and a complete shock when it happened. I was

On Civility And Kindness

Last Friday night I was invited by my dear friend, retired US Senator Orrin Hatch, to hear Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch speak at BYU at an event being put on by the Hatch Foundation.    Introducing Justice Gorsuch was President Dallin H. Oaks (the First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of

Commitment Is The Stuff Character Is Made Of

“Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions, and the actions that speak louder than words. It is making time when there is none; coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of—the

Those Who Inspire Us To Greatness

Nothing serves as better motivation than seeing others you admire doing great things. I was blessed to grow up in a home with a Mother and Father who both did great things on a regular basis. My Mother had ten children and was a devoted full-time Mom who had one of the hardest jobs in

Key Elements That Led To My Success

Today I spoke at a business leaders conference where I was asked to speak on how my values helped me succeed in business. The fact is that my values didn’t just help me succeed, they are the very reason FOR my success. Because when you know who you are, and what you are going to

From Politics To Philanthropy

Today I had the honor of spending time with my dear friend Senator Orrin Hatch, who served his country as a US Senator for 42 years making him the longest serving Republican U.S. Senator in history. I have known Senator Hatch since I was in High School when I was living in the Washington DC

The Best and Most Uplifting Talks EVER!

I’m so excited about this weekend!  In order to describe just how awesome what I’ll be watching this weekend will be I first have to remind everyone that I am seriously A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder)…anyone who knows me knows I have a hard time sitting still for, well, just about anything…but this weekend not only

The Love Of Work Is Success

“The privilege to work is a gift. The power to work is a blessing. The love of work is success.” – David O. McKay Last Friday I woke up at 4am to get ready to drive up two hours to Logan Utah so I could give the opening keynote speech for the Huntsman Venture Forum

Small In Size But MIGHTY In Spirit

President Tuminez began her role as President of the largest University in Utah (with over 40,000 students) back in September of 2018 but today was her official inauguration ceremony at UVU and I was blessed to be in attendance with some amazing dignitaries that included the Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

You Lose When You Cheat To Win

Today and tomorrow I am attending the BYU Wheatley Institution, Ethics & Integrity Advisory Council meeting. I have just been asked to be the Co-Chair with four star General Robert C. Oaks who is also a former General Authority for The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints. Teaching and promoting Integrity and Ethics in

The Meaning Of Colors And How Colors Can Inspire Us

We all have favorite colors – our favorite colored shirt we wear, our favorite color of car, etc. Color  become our favorites because they make us feel a certain way or they come to represent something in our lives. Colors can become a great source of meaning and inspiration for us. Anyone who visits my

It May Not Be Your Fault, But It Is Your Responsibility

You may not have caused this problem yourself, but it is your job to do something about it, especially when you hold any kind of a leadership or management position. Management means that you are responsible for everything – whether you personally made the mistake or not – you still have to own the responsibility

Noble Virtues, Selfless Service, Self-Reliance, and Courage

WWII Veteran, and my Great Uncle, Melvin Dalton passed away last weekend just six days before his 96th birthday. Uncle Mel served in the U.S. Marine Corp on the USS California during World War II. He later served as Chief of Police in Moab Utah for eleven years. He was an incredible sharp shooter, he

They Are Trusting You – Don’t Blow It

Last night after I finished judging a business plan competition down at Utah Valley University my family and I met up at a restaurant to take my Father and Mother-in-law, who had traveled down from Idaho to visit us for the night, out to dinner. We were excited to see them as my father-in-law was

Brains, Heart, and Courage

Tonight I went to see our friend Lexi Walker ( http://lexiwalker.net/ )  perform as Dorothy in the play The Wizard of Oz at the amazing Hale Center Theater in Utah (www.hct.org ) . Lexi is an incredibly talented young woman who is also an absolute sweetheart. Lexi first came into the spotlight at the age

I Wish I Spoke Spanish And So Did The People Trying To Translate My Speech

Today was an amazing experience for me. I was in the Dominican Republic to speak at the Convergencias Business Ethics & Integrity conference which brought together leaders from Government, Business, Media and Academia sectors from multiple countries in the region. The opening talk of the day was given by Elder D. Todd Christofferson on his time serving as

Success will come and go, but integrity is forever

If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing no matter what

Thank You For Your Service

November 11th is US holiday dedicated to honoring military veterans and celebrating their service. And I believe its also a day we should honor and celebrate the families of the veterans who are as much the heroes as those who serve. I am so grateful to veterans and their families for affording me a great nation of freedom

How Not To Feel Lonely As A CEO

Today I spoke at an executive luncheon for CEOs and executives from different companies. It was a Q&A format so there was a lot of questions asked about the different things that CEOs deal with. Talking with them I was reminded of the stresses they were carrying on their shoulders and I could remember feeling

Some Advice On Raising Capital

Today I gave a keynote speech at the WeRoc conference (Women Entrepreneurs Realizing Opportunities for Capital). In my talk I shared several pieces of advice on raising capital: This first bit of advice probably seems counter-intuitive to be saying at raising venture conference but it’s what I honestly believe is the best advice I could

We Will Be Known Forever By The Tracks We Leave Behind

“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave behind.” -Dakota tribe Riding a bike along a path I found my eyes drawn to a track that someone riding in front of me had left in their wake. I could see exactly where they had ridden before me. Perhaps it was the beauty of

Don’t Let Your Fear Stop You – TRY!

I’ve been known to be the first girl out on the dance floor, the girl who can’t sit still if she’s bored, a leader, an entrepreneur, a public speaker, a writer, and a philanthropist. What I am not known to be is a girl who does anything that requires walking long distances, running even short

Attributes Of Empathy

“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato This video clip below is awesome! It is a perfect illustration of why we ought to have a little more empathy for other people. We shouldn’t assume we know what someone is feeling or what they might be dealing with. We can’t



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