Friday, February 17, 2006

The Rules from Big Picture, Small Office

One of my favorite business blogs is "Big Picture, Small Office"

It's almost always wise and funny, and I almost always learn

something when I visit there. He recently posted his "12 rules"

when someone requested that he do so after he mentioned 4 of them

in a post. Pretty good advice:


To each, I gave a parting gift: twelve things to remember when put to the test. Atop the list:

The Twelve Rules, neatly scribed and laminated, begin with what I believe is the fundamental basis for success in a senior management position and that is to remember what got you there in the first place:

- Be not simply good. Be good for something.

- Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to be that perfectly.

-Never poke a tiger with a short stick

- Have more than you show. Speak less than you know.

- Do not choose to be wrong for the sake of being different.

- Think like a person of action. Act like a person of thought.

- Help with deeds, not words.

- Pick battles that are big enough to matter and small enough to win.

- Never cut what you can untie.

- Go out on a limb, for that is where the fruit is.

- Aim for achievement. Success will follow.

Last, but certainly not least, is the need for those who would be leaders to retain both humility and humanity:

- Remember always that, with one trifling exception, the world is composed of others.

These rules, if not original, are timeless and, I am pleased to say, continue to grace the walls of those to whom they were given.


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