things you learn watching others

The way other people do life can be extremely instructional to the observant. Either on how to do it, or how not to do it.

Here are a few things I have learned from observing:

  • Integrity is far, far, far more important than strategy. Strategy may bring you far in what you do, but integrity is all-important in who you are. Ultimately it is who you are that adds the value to what you do.
  • No matter how much work you have to do, or how many responsibilities you have, always make time to mix with the other team players.
  • Plan! Don’t start your day, your week, your month, your year, without planning. Become the project manager of your own life. And remember that those plans need to take into account interruptions, changes and challenges. That’s what makes a project manager good.
  • Even in competition, play nice. Help others, be generous with your gifts, and share.
  • A sense of humor makes all the difference. Most especially in keeping stress at bay and perspectives balanced.
  • Have confidence in yourself. Don’t be arrogant, but don’t second-guess yourself. If you don’t have confidence in yourself, how will others be able to?
  • Don’t hide away your faith. If that is part of who you are, it is part of your integrity. (If it is not part of who you are, show that, too.) Integrity means ‘the whole’ – show the whole of who you are. With pride.
  • Be very clear within yourself of your values. And then stick to them. Don’t bend to others’ expectations of you. The fastest way to lose respect – your own, and others’ – is to bend away from your values.

What do you learn?