Wednesday, May 26, 2010

17 Things I Believe: Updated and Expanded, by Bob Sutton

17 Things I Believe: Updated and Expanded: "

In gearing up for my next book, Good Boss, Bad Boss, I am putting together a list of "12 Things that Good Bosses Believe," which you will soon see on this blog and elsewhere. In the process, I took two or three ideas from my old list of "15 Things I Believe" that has been on this blog for a long time. So I decided it was a good time to update and expand that list, as I have not changed much in the last couple years. So I spent the morning updating the new list, now "17 Things I Believe," which you can see to the left.

The first 9 items aren't really changed much, although one or two of the links are updated. Items 10 through 16 are all new. And item 17, which I removed for awhile, is back because I thought it was important to remind others -- and myself -- that there is a lot more to life than work. Here is the new list. As always, I would love your comments, and as this is a pretty big change, if you have ideas about items you might add (or subtract) if it was your list, or that you think I should add or subtract, I would love to hear your reactions. Here it is (and note that #17 has no link):

Sometimes the best management is no management at all -- first do no

Indifference is as important as passion.

In organizational life, you can have influence over others or you
can have freedom from others, but you can't have both at the same time.

Saying smart things and giving smart answers are important. Learning to
listen to others and to ask smart questions is more important.

You get what you expect from people. This is especially true when it
comes to selfish behavior; unvarnished self-interest is a learned
social norm, not an unwavering feature of human behavior.

Avoid pompous jerks whenever possible. They not only can make you
feel bad about yourself, chances are that you will eventually start
acting like them.

The best test of a person's character is how he or she treats those
with less power.

8. Err on the side of
optimism and positive energy in all things.

It is good to ask yourself, do I have enough? Do you really need more
money, power, prestige, or stuff?

Anyone can learn to be creative, it just takes a lot of practice and
little confidence

"Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong."

If you are an expert, seek-out novices or experts in other fields. If
you are a novice, seek out experts.

Sutton's Law: “If you think that you have a new idea, you are wrong.
Someone else probably already had it. This idea isn’t original either; I
stole it from someone else”

"Am I a success or a failure?" is not a very useful question

The world would be a better place if people slept more and took more

Strive for simplicity and competence, but embrace the confusion and
messiness along the way.

17. Jimmy Maloney is right, work is
an overrated activity.


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