Be Better Curated.1


Mt Washington HotelWhat Advice Do You Have For Me?

My only 2013 New Year Resolution is to be better than I have been.  This pretty much nails the underlying theme, plot and spirit of all New Year Resolutions.   To do this, I am seeking the council of others through direct inquiry, selected readings and self-introspection. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a personal/profession coach?

Source 1:  Management Courage by Margaret Morford.

Margaret and I have crossed paths at least twice. The first time at the May 2008 Maine HR Convention and most recently at the Inaugural 2012 Strategic HR New England Retreat.  Her best advice is to “Be a business professional working in HR.”  In her book Management Courage – Having the Heart of a Lion, she lists six principles that define what it takes to have management courage. They are:

  1. Be Painfully Honest
  2. Never Treat People Identically
  3. Don’t Use Individuals or Policies as a Crutch
  4. Ask For and Give Real Feedback
  5. Take the Blame
  6. Leave Soul-Sucking Situations

FMI – Get and read this book.

Margaret’s advice to be a business professional which influenced me to pick up the November 2012 issue of Fortune Magazine.  The magazine languished for a month in my need to read stack. Which led to this next gold mine of good advice.

 

Source #2:  The Best Advice I Ever Got  – “What happens when you ask 21 luminaries from all walks – finance, law, tech, the military and beyond – for the one piece of advice that got them to where they are today.”

Several selected gems:

  1. Doug Parker – CEO of US Airways “…listen to your employees…”
  2. David Boies – Superlawyer, Founder of Boies Schiller & Flexner “Anyone who’s worth talking to is worth listening to.”
  3. Anthony Bouirdain Chef, Author, Provocateur, Host…”…the most important thing is that you show up on time.”

This last one resonates with me. Life is a one-way deadend street.  IF/WHEN someone or anyone fails to show up on time, the sublime message is disrespect for your journey on this earth.

 My advice to you for 2013.

Be better today than you were yesterday, but not as good as you will be tomorrow.

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~ by Robert Smith on January 2, 2013.

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