Be present. However intensely you have worked on a project, if you are not in attendance when the outcomes are discussed, you are not likely to get full recognition for your work. Therefore, when that important meeting is organized, push to be there and represent what you contributed.
Establish objectives. Discuss them with your boss every quarter. Nobody will refute the credit you deserve when your completed goals are right there in black and white.
Promote yourself. Discover imaginative ways to communicate big wins. Have you successfully completed a project? Send a company-wide email inviting comments for the project as the leader of the project. Have you been asked to enhance the company’s public profile in the news media? Adorn your workplace with the press coverage you have acquired.
Outsmart saboteurs. If others try to get recognition for your effort, openly ask them in depth questions about your project and your contributions. Show them up, while coming out to have only the most excellent of intentions on benefitting the company and the project. In addition, connect with a colleague you can have faith in and be each other’s eyes and ears: look after each other and talk each other up to those that matter most.
Get reassigned. Change your roles, jobs, and departments every two or three years. Being on the move puts you in an instantaneous limelight and the company’s leaders will understand that you deserve the recognitions and the reward you to keep you.
Be noticeable. All leaders have favorite projects and initiatives. Find these pet projects and get involved.
Conceivably, the most iconic illustration by the Beatles is the unforgettable image on album sleeve image on the album ‘Abbey Road.’ The image of the English rock band on the zebra crossing on Abbey Road, London, has become one of the most renowned and imitated in recording history. The crossing has become a popular destination for fans of the “Fab Four” as Beatlemania persists around the world.
The photograph of the “Fab Four” traversing the zebra crossing was based on the sketches and concepts by Paul McCartney. In the iconic cover, the group cross across the street in single file with John Lennon leading to the far right, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Not clearly visible is the fact that Paul McCartney is actually barefoot.
Not as popular is a picture taken prior to the iconic picture on the album sleeve. In this picture of the preparation, the innocence of the moment is truly remarkable. The Beatles are indeed oblivious to the significance of the iconic picture about to be captured of them crossing Abbey Road.
The picture of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road is frequently imitated as in this advertisement for the Volkswagen Beatle.
British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic Bertrand Russell continues to be revered as one of the most influential intellectuals and philosophers of all time. Over a long career, Bertrand Russell, who was born an aristocrat, made considerable contributions, not just to logic and philosophy, but to a wide variety of subjects including teaching and learning, culture, history, political theory, and religious studies.
The third volume of Bertrand Russell’s autobiography contains an outstanding proposal called Liberal Decalogue on the responsibilities of a teacher in instruction. In the ten commandments that comprise the Liberal Decalogue, Bertrand Russell philosophizes about the very purpose of education, the significance of uncertainty and doubt in education, and the value of critical thinking. The Liberal Decalogue first appeared in the 16-Dec-1951 issue of The New York Times Magazine.
Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:
Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard made the HP Way official in the year 1957 when the company went public. With the company expanding in leaps and bounds, the founders recognized the need to enlist a set of company objectives to channel the efforts of divisional managers. In forming the HP Way, Hewlett and Packard had a broader foresight of bearing in mind that profit is an enabler of various other valuable objectives, including employees and corporate citizenship.
In the words of Bill Hewlett, the HP Way is “a core ideology … which includes a deep respect for the individual, a dedication to affordable quality and reliability, a commitment to community responsibility, and a view that the company exists to make technical contributions for the advancement and welfare of humanity.”
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard’s legendary management style, which came to be known as the HP Way, has been the topic of many case studies by ivory-tower professionals, management theorists, academics, and Wall Street professionals. The tenets are as relevant today as they ever were.
We have trust and respect for individuals. We approach each situation with the belief that people want to do a good job and will do so, given the proper tools and support. We attract highly capable, diverse, innovative people and recognize their efforts and contributions to the company. HP people contribute enthusiastically and share in the success that they make possible.
We focus on a high level of achievement and contribution. Our customers expect HP products and services to be of the highest quality and to provide lasting value. To achieve this, all HP people, especially managers, must be leaders who generate enthusiasm and respond with extra effort to meet customer needs. Techniques and management practices which are effective today may be outdated in the future. For us to remain at the forefront in all our activities, people should always be looking for new and better ways to do their work.
We conduct our business with uncompromising integrity. We expect HP people to be open and honest in their dealings to earn the trust and loyalty of others. People at every level are expected to adhere to the highest standards of business ethics and must understand that anything less is unacceptable. As a practical matter, ethical conduct cannot be assured by written HP policies and codes; it must be an integral part of the organization, a deeply ingrained tradition that is passed from one generation of employees to another.
We achieve our common objectives through teamwork. We recognize that it is only through effective cooperation within and among organisations that we can achieve our goals. Our commitment is to work as a worldwide team to fulfill the expectations of our customers, shareholders and others who depend upon us. The benefits and obligations of doing business are shared among all HP people.
We encourage flexibility and innovation. We create an inclusive work environment which supports the diversity of our people and stimulates innovation. We strive for overall objectives which are clearly stated and agreed upon, and allow people flexibility in working toward goals in ways that they help determine are best for the organization. HP people should personally accept responsibility and be encouraged to upgrade their skills and capabilities through ongoing training and development. This is especially important in a technical business where the rate of progress is rapid and where people are expected to adapt to change.
Three of the greatest auteurs of world cinema, India’s Satyajit Ray, Italy’s Michelangelo Antonioni, and Japan’s Akira Kurosawa at the Taj Mahal around the mid-1970s.
Satyajit Ray (1921–1992) was a Kolkata-born an Indian filmmaker regarded as one of the greatest auteur of world cinema. Michelangelo Antonioni (1912–2007) was an Italian film director, screenwriter, editor, and short story writer. The celebrated Akira Kurosawa (1910–1998) was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. Akira Kurosawa is widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of world cinema.
Yesterday I received your dear letter and was very happy with it. I was already afraid you wouldn’t write to me at all any more. You told me when I was in Zurich, that it is awkward for you when I come to Zurich. Therefore I think it is better if we get together in a different place, where nobody will interfere with our comfort. I will in any case urge that each year we spend a whole month together, so that you see that you have a father who is fond of you and who loves you. You can also learn many good and beautiful things from me, something another cannot as easily offer you. What I have achieved through such a lot of strenuous work shall not only be there for strangers but especially for my own boys. These days I have completed one of the most beautiful works of my life, when you are bigger, I will tell you about it.
I am very pleased that you find joy with the piano. This and carpentry are in my opinion for your age the best pursuits, better even than school. Because those are things which fit a young person such as you very well. Mainly play the things on the piano which please you, even if the teacher does not assign those. That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes. I am sometimes so wrapped up in my work that I forget about the noon meal. . . .
Be with Tete kissed by your
Regards to Mama.
Source: Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children by editor Dorie McCullough Lawson. This book features a touching and inspiring collection of personal letters from some of the greatest American men and women. Spanning more than three centuries, this book provides keen insights into the thoughts of great Americans as they wrote to their children.
The attitudes that you wake up with set the tone of the rest of your day. The first part of the morning is very vital to your experience for the rest of the day for the reason that it establishes your attitude for the rest of the day.
Early birds are more proactive than evening people. Research has found that all early riders are more likely than night owls to stick to healthy routines and productive behaviors.
Other research has shown that we have a fixed amount of willpower and strength of mind that we can expend during the day. Therefore, this willpower reserve depletes during the course of the day resulting in poor motivation, difficulty in cerebral thought processes, wallowing away, and taking the path of least resistance.
Doing the most arduous tasks in the morning ensures the important things get done. Establishing a morning routine ensures that these routines keep you grounded and sane, productive, and balanced. Establish a morning routine and begin to feel more natural and less irreverent through the rest of your day.
Learn to love the morning and you may end up with a healthier, productive, and more balanced life.