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Tell the Truth and Do the Right Thing
A Memoir
by Ted W. Hall

Overview


This engaging and inspiring memoir by Ted Hall is a curated collection of entertaining and informative stories which illustrates how fundamental values are passed on to others through lived example. Ted candidly describes through his personal stories how aspiring to excellence in one's chosen activities can lead to enduring contributions.

He shares how his remarkable life of achievement was guided by "Tell the Truth and Do the Right Thing; And Go to the Funeral."

Learn how "rules don't work" as a leadership model; how to apply "the five rules of life" as a framework for child rearing; how investing simultaneously over three distinct time horizons is essential to professional development; why sailing across the Pacific provides critical lessons for teamwork under stress; how to confront devastating events including fire, death of a child, and a disabling auto accident; and many other compelling lessons drawn from his lived experience.

The lessons are shared through more than 125 stories, essays and anecdotes that are grouped into ten somewhat parallel topic areas and are intended as short standalone pieces readily accessible to all.

Some stories will amuse you; some will inspire you; and some will make you cry.  All will provide insight into the importance of sharing enduring values with others.


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Description


This accessible memoir by Ted Hall is a curated collection of entertaining, informative and inspiring stories which illustrates how fundamental values are passed on to others through lived example. Ted candidly describes through his personal stories how aspiring to excellence in one's chosen activities can lead to enduring contributions – especially when grounded by moral and scientific first principles, pursued with passion and persistence, and undertaken in collaboration with others.

He shares how his remarkable life of achievement was guided by "Tell the Truth and Do the Right Thing; And Go to the Funeral." The seemingly simple phrase is highly empowering because each individual is free to "do the right thing" as understood in the moment.

In any organization (or family), the phrase encourages personal responsibility and independent action by allowing employees (or family members), from the lowest to the highest, to confidently do the right thing (as they perceive it in the circumstance). There are no explicit rules to abide, or policies to consider. There are no higher tests. The requirement is to be truthful and do the right thing.

"And go to the funeral" at first seems like a non sequitur. Yet, this part of the admonition communicates the importance of compassion and putting one's plans aside to attend to others' needs at their darkest times.

Learn how "rules don't work" as a leadership model; how to apply "the five rules of life" as a framework for child rearing; how investing simultaneously over three distinct time horizons is essential to professional development; why sailing across the Pacific provides critical lessons for teamwork under stress; how to confront devastating events including fire, death of a child, and a disabling auto accident; and many other compelling lessons drawn from his lived experience.  

The lessons are shared through "The Stories," which include more than 125 stories and anecdotes. These frank and candid essays bring notable events (big and small) to life, providing the context, describing the important roles of other players, and illustrating his reactions and responses to challenging circumstances.

Some stories will amuse you; some will inspire you; and some will make you cry.

The stories, essays and anecdotes are grouped into ten somewhat parallel topic areas, intended as short standalone pieces. A reader may sample the stories casually with the assurance that they do not need to be read chronologically to have meaning. A reader can jump in and out of a topic at one's convenience by reading just one essay at a time, which makes the book readily accessible to all.


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Selected Reviews                                                                              

"Tell the Truth and Do the Right Thing is like no autobiography – no book – I have ever read. Like its author, Ted Hall, it is sui generis. In our age of irony and self-absorption, Ted has pursued excellence with self-discipline, focus, humor and faith."
William F. Meehan III
Lecturer, Author & Columnist

"We hear a lot about privilege in this country today, and it is true that Ted Hall was born into a stable, loving family. He was supported as a young person in his participation in athletic, scouting and music programs, and he took full advantage of quality public education. However, that situation describes millions of kids in the baby boom generation. What was it that allowed Ted to string together this remarkable record of achievements? You must read the story to get the message. When you do, there is a path for every young person inspired to make a difference."
Leslie G. Denend
Colonel, USAF (ret.)
Multi-time CEO & Director, Silicon Valley

"Throughout his career, Ted has been guided by "Tell the truth and do the right thing; and go to the funeral." This singular phrase led to his remarkable breadth of achievement. The facts about Ted's success will surprise you. And the many stories chronicled in this book will entertain you, and at the same time inspire you to bring essential values to bear in your own life, and to the lives of others."
Don C. Watters
Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
Community leader

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About the author


In a rich and varied career, Ted Hall co-founded Long Meadow Ranch, advised Fortune 50 CEOs and U.S. Presidents, raced a sailboat across the Pacific, farmed with horses, played trombone at the Village Vanguard, made award-winning wine in the Napa Valley, founded a jazz record label, voted on the GRAMMY's, and succeeded (and failed) as an entrepreneur. He has also endured many difficult challenges, including earthquakes, fires, injury accidents, financial crises, and family tragedy. Throughout his career, Ted has been guided by "tell the truth and do the right thing; and go to the funeral." This singular phrase encouraged personal responsibility, compassion, and independent action and, when coupled with an aspiration to excellence, led to his remarkable breadth of achievement and to his legacy of enduring values.

Ted Hall is an entrepreneur (including farmer, rancher, restaurateur, and vintner) and a business leader with deep experience in agriculture, wine, specialty foods, food service, consumer products, music production and distribution, and retailing. Ted served as President & CEO of Long Meadow Ranch for 35 years, an innovative group of family-owned companies that operate farming, ranching, winemaking, restaurant, and hospitality businesses.

Previously, he served as the managing partner of the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Company before joining the office of the global managing partner where he shared worldwide responsibilities for the firm. He is also a co-founder of the McKinsey Global Institue.  Ted has served on the boards of directors of a wide range of corporate, educational, and civic organizations.

An accomplished trombonist, Ted co-founded Monarch Records, a jazz record label, and continues to perform professionally.  Ted holds a BSE degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and an MBA degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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Book details

Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Subgenre:Personal Memoirs

Language:English

Pages:342

Paperback ISBN:9798350939941


Overview


This engaging and inspiring memoir by Ted Hall is a curated collection of entertaining and informative stories which illustrates how fundamental values are passed on to others through lived example. Ted candidly describes through his personal stories how aspiring to excellence in one's chosen activities can lead to enduring contributions.

He shares how his remarkable life of achievement was guided by "Tell the Truth and Do the Right Thing; And Go to the Funeral."

Learn how "rules don't work" as a leadership model; how to apply "the five rules of life" as a framework for child rearing; how investing simultaneously over three distinct time horizons is essential to professional development; why sailing across the Pacific provides critical lessons for teamwork under stress; how to confront devastating events including fire, death of a child, and a disabling auto accident; and many other compelling lessons drawn from his lived experience.

The lessons are shared through more than 125 stories, essays and anecdotes that are grouped into ten somewhat parallel topic areas and are intended as short standalone pieces readily accessible to all.

Some stories will amuse you; some will inspire you; and some will make you cry.  All will provide insight into the importance of sharing enduring values with others.


Read more

Description


This accessible memoir by Ted Hall is a curated collection of entertaining, informative and inspiring stories which illustrates how fundamental values are passed on to others through lived example. Ted candidly describes through his personal stories how aspiring to excellence in one's chosen activities can lead to enduring contributions – especially when grounded by moral and scientific first principles, pursued with passion and persistence, and undertaken in collaboration with others.

He shares how his remarkable life of achievement was guided by "Tell the Truth and Do the Right Thing; And Go to the Funeral." The seemingly simple phrase is highly empowering because each individual is free to "do the right thing" as understood in the moment.

In any organization (or family), the phrase encourages personal responsibility and independent action by allowing employees (or family members), from the lowest to the highest, to confidently do the right thing (as they perceive it in the circumstance). There are no explicit rules to abide, or policies to consider. There are no higher tests. The requirement is to be truthful and do the right thing.

"And go to the funeral" at first seems like a non sequitur. Yet, this part of the admonition communicates the importance of compassion and putting one's plans aside to attend to others' needs at their darkest times.

Learn how "rules don't work" as a leadership model; how to apply "the five rules of life" as a framework for child rearing; how investing simultaneously over three distinct time horizons is essential to professional development; why sailing across the Pacific provides critical lessons for teamwork under stress; how to confront devastating events including fire, death of a child, and a disabling auto accident; and many other compelling lessons drawn from his lived experience.  

The lessons are shared through "The Stories," which include more than 125 stories and anecdotes. These frank and candid essays bring notable events (big and small) to life, providing the context, describing the important roles of other players, and illustrating his reactions and responses to challenging circumstances.

Some stories will amuse you; some will inspire you; and some will make you cry.

The stories, essays and anecdotes are grouped into ten somewhat parallel topic areas, intended as short standalone pieces. A reader may sample the stories casually with the assurance that they do not need to be read chronologically to have meaning. A reader can jump in and out of a topic at one's convenience by reading just one essay at a time, which makes the book readily accessible to all.


                                                                                           *  *  *

Selected Reviews                                                                              

"Tell the Truth and Do the Right Thing is like no autobiography – no book – I have ever read. Like its author, Ted Hall, it is sui generis. In our age of irony and self-absorption, Ted has pursued excellence with self-discipline, focus, humor and faith."
William F. Meehan III
Lecturer, Author & Columnist

"We hear a lot about privilege in this country today, and it is true that Ted Hall was born into a stable, loving family. He was supported as a young person in his participation in athletic, scouting and music programs, and he took full advantage of quality public education. However, that situation describes millions of kids in the baby boom generation. What was it that allowed Ted to string together this remarkable record of achievements? You must read the story to get the message. When you do, there is a path for every young person inspired to make a difference."
Leslie G. Denend
Colonel, USAF (ret.)
Multi-time CEO & Director, Silicon Valley

"Throughout his career, Ted has been guided by "Tell the truth and do the right thing; and go to the funeral." This singular phrase led to his remarkable breadth of achievement. The facts about Ted's success will surprise you. And the many stories chronicled in this book will entertain you, and at the same time inspire you to bring essential values to bear in your own life, and to the lives of others."
Don C. Watters
Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
Community leader

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About the author


In a rich and varied career, Ted Hall co-founded Long Meadow Ranch, advised Fortune 50 CEOs and U.S. Presidents, raced a sailboat across the Pacific, farmed with horses, played trombone at the Village Vanguard, made award-winning wine in the Napa Valley, founded a jazz record label, voted on the GRAMMY's, and succeeded (and failed) as an entrepreneur. He has also endured many difficult challenges, including earthquakes, fires, injury accidents, financial crises, and family tragedy. Throughout his career, Ted has been guided by "tell the truth and do the right thing; and go to the funeral." This singular phrase encouraged personal responsibility, compassion, and independent action and, when coupled with an aspiration to excellence, led to his remarkable breadth of achievement and to his legacy of enduring values.

Ted Hall is an entrepreneur (including farmer, rancher, restaurateur, and vintner) and a business leader with deep experience in agriculture, wine, specialty foods, food service, consumer products, music production and distribution, and retailing. Ted served as President & CEO of Long Meadow Ranch for 35 years, an innovative group of family-owned companies that operate farming, ranching, winemaking, restaurant, and hospitality businesses.

Previously, he served as the managing partner of the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Company before joining the office of the global managing partner where he shared worldwide responsibilities for the firm. He is also a co-founder of the McKinsey Global Institue.  Ted has served on the boards of directors of a wide range of corporate, educational, and civic organizations.

An accomplished trombonist, Ted co-founded Monarch Records, a jazz record label, and continues to perform professionally.  Ted holds a BSE degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and an MBA degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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Book Reviews

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Marc
A worthy read Ted was one of McKinsey's most consequential leaders and this memoir provides great insight into his values, perspective and thinking. For anyone interested in McKinsey's growth and evolution over nearly three decades, Ted's stories help fill out a picture of the Firm and its history in a truly valuable way, largely by way of important stories that even those of us who know McKinsey well have never heard before. It also sheds additional light on a colleague who not only embodies the title of the book, but also always pushed himself and his colleagues to meet the highest standards in terms of clarity of thinking and making a difference in the world. Read more
james
Ted Hall's memoirs Ted Hall has written a highly engaging book. It charts his life, not as a typical autobiography, but a series of stories, moments and insights from his full and remarkable life (so far). It is a life in which he has aimed for excellence and pinnacle achievement across a wide range of endeavors - as an entrepreneur, consultant, business leader, institution builder, winemaker, farmer, musician and composer, sailor - and yes, more. He is also human, with moments of tragedy, sadness and wonder of what could have been. Through it all, he not only tells, but shows how he has held fast to what he believes and holds dear. Ted has been an inspiration to me and many more, and reading this book is an opportunity to rediscover this and more about him and his life beyond what I already knew. Hope it will inspires others. Read more
Ted
Ted’s memoirs As a former college roommate of Ted’s, I bring a somewhat unique perspective to his book. While all four of the roommates in those college days were aware that Ted had a broad field of interests and activities which he pursued with unusual zest , a multitasking phenom, I was unaware of full extent of his curricular and extracurricular activities, particularly those in the musical realm. I was likewise generally aware of his successes in the business world, but not to the extent he relates in his memoirs. The easy to read narrative episodic format of the book encourages bouncing about easily to different phases of his life, covering family, schooling, worldwide business dealings, political encounters, varied experiences within the music world, and more, all influenced by his moral compass. To say that he has led a full and fulfilling life would be an understatement, as the book makes self evident . So, well done,Ted. He has been fortunate to have the support of his wife Laddie and many others throughout his journey and most fortunate as well to have had four roommates to carry him through those college years. Read more
Jim
A life well lived I have found Ted Hall to be a great mentor in all things related to being a professional and his memoir captures so much of what I learned from him as a professional and as a human being. Written in an "episodic" style so easy to pick up and read. Ted always strived for and usually achieved excellence in business, music, and more recently winemaking and agriculture. His relentless pursuit of excellence is inspiring but his unwavering commitment to 'doing the right thing" is even more inspiring. This memoir should be required reading for anyone aspiring to be a professional... and I encourage taking notes! Read more
Andrey Dutov
The spirit shines This is an intently personal and introspective book. Ted is a remarkable and multi-talented person. The engaging account of his diverse experiences highlights the path of passion for truth and excellence, and of uncompromising values. His inner journey shines even brighter. Ted’s deep reflections on some severe trials that life has presented him with are pulsating, without finality, a glorious expression of the ever-present aware spirit. Read more
Bruce
A great and timely read In these days when the very question of moral authority and conscience creates so much controversy, Ted Hall’s book is a refreshing reminder that the simplest guide to behavior is to the “Do the Right Thing and Go to The Funeral”. Within the covers of this well written and fascinating account of the life and times of this industry icon, one can find simple examples of incidents and occasions when “doing the right thing” was the best course of action, even when it was not the easiest. It is also a great reminder that the job of parents and business leaders is to help inform the consciences of children and mentees with practical examples of good moral behavior. The book is full of wonderful anecdotes from the amazing breadth of his experiences, from the world of corporate business, music and music publishing, wine making and being a winery owner to restauranteur and healthy vegetable and livestock farming. Ted’s truths are simple and his lessons are many. I found his life story inspiring and educational combined with a lot of fun stories. I was sad when the book ended, but very happy that Ted has not ! Read more