Weekly Thought – December 16, 2014
Fred loved talent… recognizing it, developing it, and encouraging it. He thought analytically and created strategic outlines for “making progress.” In this letter he thinks about ways to enable a young man to grow professionally and personally.
Thank you for your ongoing encouragement as we bring Fred’s archived wisdom to you. He sought to stretch others and our desire is for his thinking to spur you to maturity.
Does Success Trump Saintliness? (Part 5)
I want to share out of my own experience twelve do’s and five don’ts that I think are particularly applicable to the young person who wants to move well in a corporate environment. These are generalities, of course, and there will always be exceptions and variations.
1) Do accept the job as an individual and complete challenge in itself – not just as a stepping stone toward the next level. Master the job so completely you will be able to devise new and better methods for achieving the best results.
2) Do locate and cultivate someone above you (as high as possible) who can be your sponsor. It is critically important to recognize sponsorship must be built on merit and mutual respect, not just friendship or social connections.
3) Do focus on making a good first impression. For example, this can be done by: asking intelligent questions, being a good listener, being colorful but not showy, understanding your area of genius and developing it. (more…)