This was from last year but I think the message is appropriate to share with you again.
My younger daughter recently graduated from high school. As she reached this major milestone I was reminded by my older daughter's gift of how much we are influenced by the people around us. How much impact one person can have on another person's life. By now you're wondering what does this have to do with business. I'll get there.
The gift my daughter, Hope, gave to my younger daughter Jordan, was the book by Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go. She asked the most important people in Jordan's life to write her a letter. The letter their grandfather wrote said all the things you would expect from a loving grandfather. But he went a step further and gave my daughter strong guidelines for a business manager. I'm going to share an excerpt with you:
"As I progressed through the management ladder I found that while a degree was important it did not determine success. The most important quality to managing people was the ability to lead them in a manner that would implement and follow the policies of the company, so that the company would be successful and profitable.
I found there are just a few principles to successfully manage people:
Always treat everyone as you would like to be treated.
Let them know they work with you -not for you.
Maintain the highest level of integrity.
Never look down on anyone-no matter their position.
Treat everyone fairly.
Always keep in mind it is nice to be liked, but more important to be respected, and this can only be accomplished by the example you set. All of these principles apply to everyday life."
As I look back I realized that I have incorporated these values my father so eloquently worded to my daughter into my life and that both my daughters have been incorporating those values into their everyday life.
Work hard, be productive, and above all else stay positive.
Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce