The list is Bob Sutton’s and while following the link to his blog I came across the book he is publishing soon The No Asshole Rule. It looks interesting even if its audience might be geared toward the business world. I think like the list it will very thought provoking and that it applies to whatever your profession might be.
I would love to know what you (those of you who haven’t given up and are still reading) think of the list so either drop me an email or join Erin in commenting directly on the blog.
Ten Things I Believe
2. Indifference is as important as passion.
3. 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.
4. Learning how to say smart things and give smart answers is important. Learning to listen to others and to ask smart questions is more important.
5. You get what you expect from people. This is especially true when it comes to selfish behavior; self-interest is a learned social norm, not an inherent feature of human behavior.
6. Getting a little power can turn you into an insensitive self-centered jerk.
7. 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.
8. The best test of a person's character is how he or she treats those with less power.
9. Err on the side of optimism and positive energy in all things.
10. Work is an over-rated activity.
Also, I am putting together a 2007 reading list and would like as much input as possible, so forward to me book titles you think should be read. Fiction or non-fiction, doesn’t matter.