The Truth: A Role Model & Positive Influence.
Long ago, Darrel heard a future member of baseball’s Hall of Fame say “Always tell the truth and you will never have to remember what you said.” Darrel recommends telling the truth as well as always being honest and having integrity in the workplace and in your personal lives, 24/7.
His role model was Ernie Banks — the Hall of Fame member who influenced Darrel’s life– was one of the earlier African Americans to play in the Major Leagues. Darrel was a gifted switch-hitting baseball player and had the opportunity to meet his hero at a banquet when he was 12 in Hammond, Indiana. Banks had heard about Darrel’s talent and said, almost jokingly, as he shook his hand, “See you in the Big Leagues, kid.”
Who knew that 9 years later — after being drafted #2 by the Cincinnati Reds – Darrel faced Ernie Banks in one of his first Pro games against the Chicago Cubs. Banks was his usual supportive, warm self when he welcomed Darrel onto the field as he took first base. “Welcome to theBig Leagues, kid. I knew you would make it.”
Darrel chose Banks as his role model because Ernie always saw the positive in his own situation, or virtually in any situation. He saw only the good. Everywhere. He was a reverent man, a kind man and a funny guy.
And Ernie ALWAYS told the truth.
In Darrel’s speeches there are many moving references to the astounding influence the African-American pioneer had on the young Darrel Chaney.
Ernie showed Darrel what a significant part he played on the Reds team, even when he wasn’t in the starting lineup.
Darrel combines his experience in sports and business with the honesty, integrity and ethics needed in today’s work place. He will show you how a sense of humor can help you succeed.
His messages are clear and to the point:
1. RECOGNIZE AND BELIEVE IN YOUR OWN SIGNIFICANCE AND ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH.
2. NO MATTER WHAT POSITION YOU HAVE, YOU ARE A VALUABLE PART OF YOUR ORGANIZATION.