2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Michael Josephson is honored to be named a 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree by Trust Across America – Trust Around the World. Congrats to his fellow 2019 honorees: Bart Alexander, Richard Fagerlin, Ellen Hunt & Deb Mills-Scofield.  See the press release here: https://trustacrossamerica.com/offerings-thought-leaders.shtml Read more about the work the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees are doing here:https://trustacrossamerica.com/offerings-thought-leaders.shtml

Knowledge is POWER!

Knowledge is POWER!  Read more of Michael’s favorite quotes on the importance on never ending learning here –https://whatwillmatter.com/2017/03/best-quotes-ever-teaching-learning-education/

Hate Destroys Values

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.  Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away at its vital unity. Hate destroys man’s sense of values and his objectivity. – MLK Jr. Read more of Michael Josephson‘s favorite quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. here –https://whatwillmatter.com/2017/01/quotes-the-smartest-and-best-things-dr-martin-luther-king-ever-said-58-quotes-worth-reading/


THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH. More than ever in my lifetime we are faced between a stark choice of how we see ourselves. There is the message of “America first” grounded in a form of “me first” selfishness that sees competitors, opponents and enemies everywhere. It’s a message that spawns unkind, intolerant and ungenerous attitudes about our fellow human beings. And …

Thousand Points of Light

Let us praise and be grateful for the men and women who seek significance in SERVICE and know that it is both noble and gratifying to dedicate at least a portion of their lives to helping others. “I have spoken of a Thousand Points of Light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing …


Dear Michael,  I found this photo of you presenting me with my certificate of completion of your “Ethics Corps“ training in 1991. I still have the three-ring binder with all your notes. It reminded me of how influential you have been to so many including me over more than 30 years.  I recall with pleasure your address to our annual …

When You Mess Up, Fess Up

When you are in a hole, stop digging. When you mess up, fess up, apologize and move on, as best you can.

Leaders See Problems As OPPORTUNITIES

Most people see problems as burdens and barriers. Leaders see the as OPPORTUNITIES to make things better. – Michael Josephson Read more of Michael’s favorite leadership quotes here: https://whatwillmatter.com/2017/02/50-best-ever-quotes-leadership/


I AM TRUSTWORTHY. I tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, I keep my promises and maintain scrupulous integrity. I do the right thing even when it is costly and I honor my badge. See powerful banners and posters for police briefing rooms by the Josephson Institute Exemplary policing Center at https://lnkd.in/gn4s5rR #leadership#integrity #trust

Life is like a Stagecoach Ride

Life is like a stagecoach ride. In every circumstance, you can choose to be the DRIVER that controls it, a PASSENGER that rides in it, a HORSE that pulls it, or a SPECTATOR that watches it. What you choose to be determines how you experience the journey. – Michael Josephson

How You Make People Feel

People don’t always remember what you say or even what you do, but they always remember how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou. Remember this as you interact with your relatives. Many people dread family gatherings for fear that they will have to endure unfiltered and unkind comments or questions. Think before you speak and only say those things that …

IT IS NAÏVE To Believe The Truth Will Always Prevail?

IT IS NAÏVE to believe the truth will always prevail. It may come out in the end, but by that time enormous permanent damage can be caused by actions and attitudes fomented by false beliefs embedded so deeply that they cannot be uprooted by the truth. – Michael Josephson

Voting Is Your Duty

Voting Is Your Duty  At a time where we seem to have lost a consensus on VALUES long thought FUNDAMENTAL to what it is to be an AMERICAN, do not doubt that the RIGHT to vote is so SACRED  that it’s more than a PRIVILEGE; it’s a DUTY. – Michael Josephson

Don’t Waste Time Wishing

Don’t Waste Time Wishing Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.– Alexander WoolcottSubscribe to a weekly newsletter featuring articles and quotes of Michael Josephson atwww.whatwillmatter.com

WORTH READING: Enough is enough: Fed-up Americans crave unity amid violence

Enough is enough: Fed-up Americans crave unity amid violence By CLAIRE GALOFARO and MARGERY A. BECK LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — She flipped through television channels and radio stations, scanning from conservative to liberal media, searching for any sign that the polarized nation had finally reached its tipping point. For days, Elisa Karem Parker had been seeing updates in the news: …

Failure Is Just Feedback

Failure is much easier to handle if you think of it as feedback to guide your next effort. – Michael Josephson Subscribe to a weekly newsletter featuring articles and quotes of Michael Josephson atwww.whatwillmatter.com

Who Is Accountable?

IS IT ENOUGH YET? Can we overcome our basest instincts and listen to our better angels? How sad that a good week for me, highlighted by an unlikely unanimous endorsement of CHARACTER COUNTS! by the Senate supported by a Presidential proclamation followed by an exhilarating 18 inning World Series game win makes my small joy and pride seem shallow an …

We Are In A Dangerous Place

WE ARE IN A DANGEROUS PLACE. Rhetoric that stokes anger, whether intentional or careless, unleashes the latent demons of unstable haters. Those who demean calls for civility and respectful discourse as political correctness are not part of a solution, they are a cause of the problem. We must hold our politicians and those of us who empower them accountable to …


US Senate and President Declare: Character Counts Week!. At a time dominated by news of mail bombs and verbal grenades from zealous partisans, who would have thought it was possible that the entire United State Senate and the President could agree that, of all things, that character still counts? Well, it happened through a unanimously endorsed Resolution and Presidential Proclamation declaring the third …


Make your CHARACTER your MASTERPIECE! All men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life; in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a master piece. – Saint Pope John Paul II Read more of Michael Josephson‘s favorite quotes on character here: https://whatwillmatter.com/character-greatest-quotes-character-reputation-character-education-compiled-michael-josephson/

Doing What Is Right

Spend less energy trying to convince others you are right and more of just doing what is right. – Michael Josephson Subscribe to a weekly newsletter featuring articles and quotes of Michael Josephson atwww.whatwillmatter.com

Just Hang On!

If you’re having a hard time… Just hang on! It will get better – a lot better. It really will!

You Can’t Win a Race You Don’t Start

You can’t win a race you don’t start. What are you waiting for? START! Subscribe to a weekly newsletter featuring articles and quotes of Michael Josephson atwww.whatwillmatter.com


TO CONFIRM OR NOT CONFIRM: A SERIOUS TUTORIAL ON EVIDENCE AND PROOF (You need patience for this law school level article but if you find this helpful please share.) Folks who keep saying there is no evidence supporting Prof Ford’s allegations simply don’t understand the legal standards of evidence and the related concept of the burdens of proof. I hope …

You Don’t Have To Be Sick To Get Better

WHEN IT CONCERNS CHARACTER: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SICK TO GET BETTER. Everyone is ethical in their own eyes. Beware of self delusion when assessing your own character or the ethics of your organization. It’s a dangerous form of hubris to be certain that “I would never do that” or “It can’t happen here.” It’s easier to make a …

The Size of Your Courage

The Size of Your Courage “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin Subscribe to a weekly newsletter featuring articles and quotes of Michael Josephson atwww.whatwillmatter.com

Enjoy The Journey 

Enjoy The Journey  Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey. Subscribe to a weekly newsletter featuring articles and quotes of Michael Josephson atwww.whatwillmatter.com