Monday, 4 March 2013

Four Rules: 92, 99, 102, 103

Today's marginalia are about the latest book that I read, “The Rules of Life. A personal code for living a better, happier, more successful kind of life” by Richard Templar.

The book presents more than one hundred rules spanning from the self to social rules.

Within this post I would like to report some of the author's points given on 'Be generous with your time and information' (Rule 92), 'Be good at your Job' (Rule 99), 'Be part of the solution, not the problem' (Rule 102) and 'Check what history would say about you' (Rule 103).

I enjoyed reading the whole book but personally found the concepts included in these four Rules particularly meaningful to the internal communications and employee engagement's topics. Therefore, I would like to share these with you:

“If you have a special talent or skill, pass it on. You never know what you might inspire in others, what flame you might fan, what encouragement you might give.

It is very easy to fall into the mindset that if you know stuff that nobody else does, then you have the upper hand. To believe that knowledge is power and should hang on to every little bit of it.

If you are not passing on your talents and skills, what are you doing with them? What great secrets have you got that demand to be withheld from the world?

There is an incredible experience to be had in passing stuff on. And it is genuinely useful.”

“Treat your job as important and do it to the very best of your ability. Don't stand still but learn all the time; stay ahead of your industry and new developments.

Always be on the look-out for ways to improve the lot of everyone rather than just yourself. Think in terms of 'we' rather than 'I'. You are part of a team and should fit in and be part effectively and efficiently.

Try to spread a little happiness as you go. Don't badmouth people. Compliment people and be genuine about it.

Be kind to colleagues, they are as lost as you once were. Give them a chance. Encourage them by example. Be a role model for junior members of the staff. Try to understand your boss's point of view and to see things from the company perspective.

Don't be frightened to put yourself forward or to volunteer (just so long as you know what you are volunteering for). Be proud of being effective and efficient.

Know your boundaries. Know how to say 'no', and mean it. Don't let anyone to take advantage of your good nature. Be assertive without being aggressive.

Enjoy what you do. Have a passion for what you do.”

“We all have to start being a part of the solution and stop adding to the problem. And we start to be part of the solution when we stand up and get counted. We stop the problem when we stop saying, “I was just doing my duty”, or “It was part of my job”.

So the Rule is to start looking for ways we can personally contribute to the solution. We have to take part, get involved, find solutions, take action and contribute.”

“What do you think history will say about you? What would you like history to say?
Is there a gap between these two? What do you have to do to make that gap connect?

We have to consciously make the effort to improve this world. Individually we can make a difference. Individually history must hold us accountable.”

While hoping that these marginalia can be useful to you, your people and your organisation, as always I encourage you to enjoy the original source. You might find others Rules presented in the book of interest and help.