There is a code that has lived on in time, as long as man has had conscious thoughts and passed them on or written them down. It is called the universal code – it covers basic ethics – it isn’t an abundance of good – actual “doing” good – but more of “not doing” bad or evil -> as some might call it. It’s an internal, unwritten guide that tells us to not kick someone with a broken leg or push an old lady down, that taking a life is wrong and so is stealing someone’s land, that parents should care for their children. Pretty basic stuff.
Almost everyone knows The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated. Speak to others the way you would like to be spoken to. Conduct business the way you would like others to conduct business. Provide a service or product with the same integrity as you would like others to provide to you. Serve others the way you would like to be served. Kindness and uprightness go a long way.
These Rules of Engagement continue but with a bodily twist… the bonus for living these rules is the gold – either in your bank account or in your heart…
Elbow out the competition. Take the lead from those around you. Be the best in your office; second isn’t good enough. Not everyone gets to work in a bullpen-type setting with ringing bells and whoops for finding the golden client/customer/candidate or closing a a big sale. If you are a lone ranger, make yourself your own competition; each week top yourself. Make your service the best it can be and those you serve will take notice.
Keep your foot in the door. Stay current of new trends and technologies. While the tricks that got you here are still extremely valuable, don’t be that old dog. Try new things that make sense for you and your organization. Most industries are changing rapidly, every day. Don’t get left out in the cold.
Stay on top of your game. Never stop learning. Never stop reading. Never stop practicing. Failure is eminent the moment you stop learning. If growth and development are imperative to a company’s survival, why would the human mind and body be any different?
“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” ~Calvin Coolidge
Lend a hand. Serve when you can. Be charitably-minded. Know that what you have to give may be a benefit or detriment to a client, supervisor, customer, candidate, co-worker. Be of benefit - really, what’s the worse thing that can happen?
Keep your ear to the ground. Know who your competition is and what they accomplishing. Your drive to success can only be faster and better if you are trailing someone better or have someone nipping at your heels. Listen to what is said and watch what is done by those around, especially if they are one of the Three C’s: your Competitors, Clients, or Customers.
Take a knee. Face each day with appreciation. Gratitude cannot help but bring to surface positive thoughts and redeemable actions. When was the last time you performed a redeemable action? Offer respect to those with whom you surround yourself. As much as we would like to believe that this is a game, it is not. It is not Empire Avenue or the Sims or Bejewelled or even Foursquare. It is life, it is your life. Life and business blend together almost imperceptibly these days. That gap is all but gone. Make it count.
This Golden Rule thing? It’s been around for a while. It must have a little merit.
“One should treat all beings as he himself would be treated.” ~Agamas, circa 500 BC
Golden Rules, part 1
Rayanne Thorn, @ray_anne is the Marketing Director for the online recruiting software company, Broadbean Technology. She is also a proud mother of four residing in Laguna Beach, California, and a contributor for Blogging4Jobs. Connect with her on LinkedIn.