Over Christmas holidays I had an interesting exercise with my father to identify what would be the principles of life that guide our life and that we would like to leave as our philosophical legacy to our ‘next of kin’s’.
I am coming back to this because, just like a contribution statement helps you become an effective person, worker, leader, principles of life help ground you in life and -if you manage to really live by your principles- give you real pleasure and a sense of harmony.
Needless to say, principles in knowledge management and communication are just as important. But today this is more of a personal set of principles. Still, some of them are useful for collaboration, group communication and knowledge management.
Hereby the list from our conversation…
From my father…
- Love yourself
- Love the people around you
- Remember there are other ways to look at things, out there
- Show (illustrate), don’t just tell
- Remember that how to do things comes before you let others know how things should be done
- Always be serious (in your intentions) but never take yourself seriously
Which I subscribed to and to which I added…
- Believe in the good of people
- Be humble because you (we) don’t know very much
- Be curious about others and about everything, get out of your comfort zone
- Listen to others and the world with all your senses
- Do not be afraid, trust yourself
- Create and then give, don’t just criticise and destroy!
- And finally: Believe in the goodness in others and draw it out.
And these are some principles that hopefully will give my life, and perhaps at intersections other lives, some sense and grounding too.
Do principles dictate your life? Your work? Which ones? Why?
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