Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk Myself to Death: Twenty-One Aphorisms

Monday, November 24, 2008

Twenty-One Aphorisms

After yesterday's post about Manny's I noticed that I was getting a lot of hits from people looking for Valerie Jarrett and 21 aphorisms. It turns out that in the New York Times profile I linked to earlier today, it mentioned that Jarrett had what she called "Life Lessons," which were made up of . . . well, you've figured it out by now. I apparently wasn't the only one getting such hits, however. The Times itself was inundated with requests and so, by public demand, it got the list from Jarrett and made it public.

Now we can figure out which ones can help us.

1. To thine own self be true.
2. All leaders are passionate about their beliefs, even the ones you don’t like.
3. Trust your gut after you have listened, studied and learned from those with a diverse range of opinions.
4. You never know who is watching, so work as hard as you can regardless of the assignment.
5. Don’t stay in your comfort zone too long.
6. As my grandmother would say: put yourself in the path of lightning.
7. Be flexible because opportunities rarely knock at the most opportune moments.
8. Take time to be kind to everyone.
9. Focus on your priorities.
10. In order to lead, someone must follow.
11. Effective leadership depends on your ability to connect and motivate people, not on your title, position or power.
12. Set high standards for yourself and your team (lead by example).
13. Take the time to develop personal relationships all along the way, and really cultivate those upon whom you depend. In order for them to help you, they must know you. And you must know what will motivate them. Nurture them so they can help you lead. They must believe in not just your ideas, but you.
14. Good will matters.
15. Women are particularly good at listening and studying their audience.
16. Have the courage to make tough decisions.
17. When you lead, not everyone will follow, and that’s okay.
18. You will fail. Don’t take your failures or your success too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself. Trust me. It helps.
19. Affiliate yourself with worthy institutions, lead by good people who share your core values.
20. You can have it all, just not at the same time, and in the proportions you may want.
21. To those who much is given, much is expected.


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