Bob Sutton (see the blogroll -> ) is the author of The No Asshole Rule, one of this year’s very hottest business books, and this quote is from his blog’s sidebar.
15 Things I Believe
- 1. Sometimes the best management is no management at all — first do no harm!
- 2. Indifference is as important as passion.
- 3. In organizational life, you can have influence over others or you can have freedom from others, but you can’t have both at the same time.
- 4. Saying smart things and giving smart answers are important. Learning to listen to others and to ask smart questions is more important.
- 5. Learn how to fight as if you are right and listen as if you are wrong: It helps you develop strong opinions that are weakly held.
- 6. You get what you expect from people. This is especially true when it comes to selfish behavior; unvarnished self-interest is a learned social norm, not an unwavering feature of human behavior.
- 7. Getting a little power can turn you into an insensitive self-centered jerk.
- 8. Avoid pompous jerks whenever possible. They not only can make you feel bad about yourself, chances are that you will eventually start acting like them.
- 9. The best test of a person’s character is how he or she treats those with less power.
- 10. The best single question for testing an organization’s character is: What happens when people make mistakes?
- 11. The best people and organizations have the attitude of wisdom: The courage to act on what they know right now and the humility to change course when they find better evidence.
- 12. The quest for management magic and breakthrough ideas is overrated; being a master of the obvious is underrated.
- 13. Err on the side of optimism and positive energy in all things.
- 14. It is good to ask yourself, do I have enough? Do you really need more money, power, prestige, or stuff?
- 15. Jim Maloney is right: Work is an overrated activity
Words to live (corporately) by…