If you’ve inspected a hospital or clinic you’ve no doubt noticed the smoking area (now far removed from the main campus). If you pass by close enough, you’ll find patients, nurses, administrators, and even doctors lighting up.
Would you find more or less value in the advice of a medical professional who smoked? (realizing it’s not data that drives most decision making, but largely emotions hidden under a thin veneer of rationalization).
How about a safety professional who subsists on a diet of donuts, chips and soda (or looks like it)? Or drives/rides recklessly? Or one who chooses not to wear PPE at home? Would their actions be in line with their words?
In our role as advisors, we are more than words. And as advisors, we’re a compilation of our actions, words, behaviors, and demonstrated values.
(This is not meant as an indictment, but as a simple call for reflection on the importance of matching actions and words.)