Teen Expert talks Integrity & Leadership

High School Motivational Speaker - Jeff Yalden

Recently, I encountered a situation that needed to be addressed and I addressed it, only to find out that Integrity is a word that is spoken and not followed. You would think that Law Enforcement Personnel that protect and serve would be the ones that can tell you what integrity means, right? Not so fast.

I was driving down the highway the other day when a marked cruiser blew past a stop sign and entered the construction zone without even slowing down. Normally, I would have no problem with this, however, the cruiser had no lights on and entered the highway causing me to have to jam on the brakes and switch lanes quickly. I immediately pull up along side the cruiser and gestured in a way as to, “Dude, what are you doing?” The two officers were looking at me and then they started laughing. Shortly after the two officers gave me the bird (the finger).

This is when I slowed down and followed them while calling the number on their car and reporting them to their chain of command. I spoke to the Captain of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Campus Police Department when I explained what had just happened. Great conversation with him and I wrote it all down and emailed him exactly what happened.

At that point, I let it all go and thought the Captain would have a conversation with his two officers.

The following day, the Captain called me which I thought was very classy, but I certainly didn’t expect a call from him. He told me about his conversation with his two lieutenants and that they denied giving me the finger. Now I got upset because they lied. They lied to their Captain. Why couldn’t they have taken it like men of character and integrity and admitted they messed up?

This incident prompted me to do this video. Integrity matters and it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do.

I lost a lot of respect for these two officers that protect and serve and unfortunately, they gave all law enforcement personnel a bad name and I have the utmost respect for law enforcement, firefighters, doctors, nurses, teachers, coaches, and people that work to make society safe and a better place.

Disappointed . . .

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Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives. www.JeffYalden.com

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