Organizational Theories: The Code of Honor

Organizational Theories:  The Code of Honor

Organizational Theories

You may think that Organizational Theories: The Code of Honor would be an odd title for a post on this blog. Well, believe it or not, though this blog focuses very little on corporate life, and much more so on entrepreneurial ventures, parallels can be made between the largest and smallest organizations, especially with regards to the code of honor. This post will elaborate on these organizational theories, as depicted in Blair Singer’s book, Rich Dad’s Advisors®: The ABC’s of Building a Business Team That Wins: The Invisible Code of Honor That Takes Ordinary People and Turns Them Into a Championship Team.

I am currently half-way through, The ABC’s of Building A Business Team That Wins and find it to be pretty over-the-top. He starts the book off by saying that there are four main skills an entrepreneur must have or learn – sales, accounting, investing and leadership – but the premise of any organization is sales. Without sales, the company cannot exist. This book is geared to the small business owner, or entrepreneur (which fits the model of this blog well). Robert Kiyosaki, author of the Rich Dad/Poor Dad series of books, is Blair Singer’s best friend. Robert was trained in the military, which offers some of the best team building in the world. Robert Kiyosaki and Blair Singer suggest organizational theories based on the code of honor that is necessary in building any team.

The ABC’s of Building A Business Team That Wins is themed around the code of honor. How do you treat your partners and teammates in times of trouble and challenge? What are your rules around practice? Blair says organizational theories suggest that in the absence of rules, people tend to make up their own. Developing the code of honor creates accountability and a feeling of support and is a powerful statement of who you are and what your team stands for.

Where do these organizational theories apply?

So to whom does this apply? A school principal? The owner of a restaurant? The VP of sales and marketing for a fortune 500 company? A network marketer? Hmmm…. Now, Robert Kiyosaki is a big fan of the network marketing industry. Blair Singer, on the other hand, seems focused more on brick and mortar businesses. Though he does not mention the network marketing industry, per se, a lot of the organizational theories carry over. He states,

The heart and soul of every team is its Code of Honor. Rules like being on time, practicing, showing up, attending training sessions, committing to personal growth or never abandoning a teammate in need – these rules not only ensure success, they make the game a lot more satisfying to play. Great relationships don’t happen by accident. There is usually a common understanding and set of rules holding you together.

I appreciate and love how Singer speaks of business as a game. It is a game. It’s a game of moving people through a system, having them like a product or service, spend some money, and, if your heart is in the right place, profits should well represent satisfied customers. More satisfied customers = more profits. Good formula. Profits are akin to a score card, right? I mean, after all, it’s only a game!

Examples of these organizational theories at work

I am currently in a contest called the IsaDerby ( It’s a national competition of teams of 6. The top 15 teams will win a cruise. As a team, we must improve our communication, help others in need, and go for it together….AS ONE.

Similarly, in a cross country running race, the only way your team can win is if the whole team finishes relatively close together, close to the front of the pack. In other words, having a superstar who runs ahead of the pack and places first doesn’t do the team any good if everyone else is all spread out across the field. Leave no teammate behind.

Organizational Theories: Qualities of a Great Team Player

  • Energy – surround your self with people who have GREAT energy
  • Unstoppable desire to win
  • Willing to let someone else win
  • Personally responsible – no blaming or justifying (or complaining)
  • Willing to submit to the code
  • Unique talent or ability

As you build your team, you have to mutually decide how you are going to play – lemonade stand on the corner or a hot, winning enterprise; convenient relationship or life-long devoted marriage; a bunch of folks dabbling in a mutual interest or a championship team. When you study these organizational theories – and practice the code of honor – you too can create championship teams.

I have been a student of organizational theories, in general, and the code of honor, specifically, for several years now. I continue being a student of Robert Kiyosaki and Blair Singer and other great authors, books, coaches, mentors, and trainers. My library is full and it is growing. It is a constant area for personal development and improvement that keeps me in the game. From prospecting to team building to money management – I am studying from the best of the best. As I build not one, but several championship teams, we continue to thrive, even as the economy shifts. We are currently putting together a dream team of entrepreneurs that are going to win and win big. We are going to the Super Bowl this year and we are still looking for some key people that want to play on a winning team. Join us. I promise you this – you will be surrounded by support, a team of champions that like to have fun, impact our communities, and make substantial money in the process.

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  • David Emil Lombard September 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Love it! I’m so proud to be on your IsaDerby Team.

  • Michael September 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Drew you did it again. In your blog, post Organizational Theories: The Code of Honor you do it again you bring out the best of the best. That is great that Blair Singer wrote a book The ABC’s of Building a Business Team That Wins. It will be the next book that I read as Drew states it is around the code of honor that help organizations grow. Drew you were great in brining the theories into your own team. Kudos to you.

  • Gregory McGuire September 10, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Hi Drew. So, the Code of Honor is what holds the team together? I love that. I’ve personally been in so many organizations where it felt like every man for himself. It certainly didn’t feel like a team effort.
    I will definitely read Mr. Singer’s book. Thank you for sharing!

  • Drew Berman September 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    mike, david, thank you so much! hey gregory – this is great man…yeah I know what you mean about every man for himself… its kinda sad. when we create teams- its nice to know that people “got your back” – we’re putting together a championship team…. let’s get to know each other – call me 203-244-5405

  • Seth September 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    The information in this blog, “Organizational Theory: The Code of Honor”, is so spot on! The concepts in Blair Singer’s books, CDs and lectures/teachings are great. Thank you, Drew, for bringing them to our attention.

  • Richard Kennedy September 15, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Hey Drew. Nice post on Organizational Theories: The Code of Honor. I agree that it one has them self together that energy will transfer to the team, especially if they are leading it. These steps can definitely be applied to personal life, as well as network marketing.

  • Nicki Milligan September 16, 2010 at 1:19 am

    If you want what they have, you do what they do! Nicki

  • Ed Chasan September 21, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Love it!!!! I see all the attributes in me and those I want to work with!

  • Johnkeahidano September 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Drew your continued drive to lead, teach, and inspire will continue to also drive you into the future. Glad you read the book and great review. Buisness truly is a game–! Dano, SalesPartners New York, and Friend of Drew Berman

  • Dave September 24, 2010 at 1:52 am

    This Organizational Theories post brings to light something that truly amazes me – how similar the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds are conceptually with regard to the code of honor and team dynamics, yet, at the same time, how vastly different they are in practice. Frequently, though working towards the same goals on a macro level and typically on a micro level as well, in the corporate world, team trust, honor, and synergy is rare. Small businesses, on the other hand couldn’t exist without it! Wow! Great post, Drew!

    • Drew Berman September 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      Sweet and suite

  • Helene Mearing May 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm

     Great post Drew, very powerfully put many traditional business could really find value in this. Thank you for sharing. Helene

    • Drew Berman May 17, 2011 at 1:23 am

      Hey Helene!  Yes, to wrap your mind around these concepts is to truly appreciate their power!  Traditional business, small business, home based business (with a team, of course) – literally any business where folks work together as a team towards common goals will benefit from these organizational theories.  Thanks for commenting, Helene!