When our son was born several years ago, I thought very much about the kind of person we’d like him to be. Which qualities and characteristics to cultivate. What “right” living looks like.
From that motivation came an elementary system to share with him – basic guidelines for “right” living. It had to be simple, but scalable. Approachable for a child, but meaningful enough to grow with him into adulthood.
The result: The Three Most Important Things You Can Be.
Review them, see a fourth addition, consider other systems, and share your own thoughts.
Give it a look for yourself. And consider its applications in parenting.
“If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time.'” – British author, journalist, literary critic, and travel writer Dame Rebecca West
I’d been sitting on the significance of Lampshades on Fire by Modest Mouse for some time. Encountering West’s quote tipped this write up.
A customer talking about your company to a friend.
A new hire announcing his or her new job with your company to family and friends on Facebook. And prior to that, he or she is a recruit considering your offer and discussing it with a spouse, mentor, family member, or friend.
A supplier justifying an extension of your company’s contract with his or her team members.
Members of a neighborhood association weighing in on your company’s planned expansion.
What are they saying? What story are they telling?
How do they describe your company? Above all, how do they feel about you?
If you don’t have confidence in your answers, read on.
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Peter Drucker
Easily captivated by pithy quotes, I keep a running list (despite questionable attribution). If in print, I’ll keep it as a clipping.
Just a day after picking up the Drucker quote above, I picked up The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin at my neighborhood library.
Here’s a little intersection.