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1. Thou shalt honor thyself
Your brain can process 100 trillion instructions per second
while using the equivalent of just 12 watts of power. Your
heart beats 100,000 times per day, carrying your blood some
12,000 miles (19,000 km). You’re built to imagine, create,
communicate, and love. If you do nothing else today, sit
back in awe of yourself.
2. Thou shalt be true to thyself
Only one person has your portfolio of experience, knowhow,
skills, and style attributes. You’re in charge of putting
it to work without compromise. If you need inspiration,
consider Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thomas
Edison. These greats—and many more—enriched the
world by making the most of their differences.
3. Thou shalt speak up
When you have a good idea, share it. When you have a
question, ask it. When your help is needed, offer it. When
you see a scene of disrespect, step forward and set things
right. When you envision a better future, put it in spoken
word. Your voice needs to be heard.
4. Thou shalt strive to simplify
Whenever people congregate, they tend to overcomplicate.
That explains those countless workplace rules, objectives,
projects, deadlines, and meetings. It’s up to you to challenge
the mind-numbing routine. Take a fresh look at your
schedule, and eliminate every activity that seems important
but isn’t. An action is either mission-driven or mere
motion. Keep the former, ditch the latter.
5. Thou shalt assume the best
Few people wake up and declare: “I’m going to make this
a horrible day. I’m going to foul things up and make life
miserable for my co-workers.” No, most people want good
days in which they use their know-how, exercise their creativity,
and make a positive contribution. Assume and expect
the best...and that’s what you’ll get.
6. Thou shalt fix processes, not people
It’s tempting to blame that missed deadline or fouled-up
project on Debbie, Dan, or some other nearby human punching
bag. But the fact is, problems almost always occur because
of process issues, not people. So cut Debbie and Dan
some slack—and enlist their help in analyzing and improving
the flow of activities that make up the process.
7. Thou shalt serve a greater purpose
Henry David Thoreau lived 150 years ago, but his words
seem especially relevant in today’s Blackberried world: “It
is not enough to be busy—so are the ants. The question is:
What are we busy about?” Nor is it enough to have a mission
statement that lies forgotten. What’s needed is a heartfelt
mission that gives meaning to all the work-related busyness.
8. Thou shalt be interested
Want to be interesting? Then be interested—in people, processes,
clients, customers, competitors, and more. Open
your eyes a bit wider. Be more curious. Seek new challenges.
Start more conversations. Make a point of asking
questions rather than making statements. Turn your work
world, and the larger world, into your own lifelong school.
9. Thou shalt honor time away from work
You’re more than an employee. You’re more than the sum
of your tasks. You’re a human
being, not a human doing.
Treat yourself accordingly by rounding out how you spend
your time. Balance your time at work with time at home,
outdoors, in the community, and elsewhere. You’ll recharge
your battery while gaining new insights and perspectives
that inform your work.
10. Thou shalt be thine own best manager
Guess who’s in charge of you. Hint: It’s not your boss, your
boss’s boss, or anyone else. The sooner you take responsibility
for your own happiness and fulfillment, the sooner
you’ll achieve it.
Tom Terez is the founder of BetterWorkplaceNow.com,
InnerBest.com, and TomTerez.com. His talks and workshops
are all about helping organizations and individuals achieve
their very best. Write to contact@TomTerez.com.