The Common Sense of a Giant

16 Aug The Common Sense of a Giant

My brother, Craig, does new employee training at our family business and presents the following as being representative of the company culture we strive to maintain and grow. I keep it next to my desk at home as a reminder of both how to act and the type of people to invite into my life.

The Common Sense of  a Giant

Stealing shamelessly from Marvin Bower once of McKinsey & Co.  I want you all to know what kind of behavior we admire, and what kind of behavior we deplore:

  • First, we admire people who work hard.  We dislike passengers who don’t pull their weight in the boat.
  • We admire people with first-class brains, because you cannot run a great organization without brainy people.
  • We admire people who avoid politics — office politics, I mean.
  • We despise toadies who suck up to their bosses; they are generally the same people who bully their direct reports.
  • We admire the great professionals, the craftsmen who do their jobs with superlative excellence.  We notice that these people always respect the professional expertise of their colleagues in other departments.
  • We admire people who hire people who are good enough to succeed them. We pity people who are so insecure that they feel compelled to hire inferior people as their direct reports.
  • We admire people who build up and develop their employees, because this is the only way we can promote from within the ranks.  We detest having to go outside to fill important jobs and look forward to the day when that will never be necessary.
  • We admire people who practice delegation.  The more you delegate, the more responsibility will be loaded upon you.  The more you trust others to do their job, the more we all get done.
  • We admire kindly people with gentle manners who treat other people as human beings.  We abhor quarrelsome people.  We abhor people who wage paper warfare.  We abhor buck passers and people who don’t tell the truth.
  • We admire well-organized people who deliver their work on time.
  • We admire people who are good citizens in their communities — people who work for their local hospitals, their church, the PTA, and so on.
  • We admire people who accomplish a great deal while having fun.
  • We admire you.

I couldn’t find the orignal source for this as I have it in hard-copy. I don’t take credit for the content here but support the sentiment.

  • Cal
    Posted at 11:24h, 19 August

    Good Morning Chase,

    Great blog. I’m realizing how real this is to the Nelson’s and look forward to growing my relationships within your organization.

    – Cal

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