Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Credible Connections - Summarized

The philosophy of Credible Connections is the philosophy of Charles Schulz put into action in the workplace.

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.

Follow along . . .

You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. Just read the this straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress...

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is that none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List three teachers or professors who aided your journey through

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials.. the most money... or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most.

In the workplace, that person should be your boss and, if you're a boss, that's who you should be to those who look to you not only for leadership, but for care, compassion and concern.

Simple as that.

Credible Connections,
the system, is about putting that simple, yet profound, philosophy into daily practice.


Blogger John Gallagher said...

Jim, Good stuff. I use a similar (shortened) version of these questions when I have spoken to employees, college students, and others about the lists. At the end, I encourage them to a) write a note(o.e., Care Card!) to one of the ones that have made a difference in your life (I provide them with a pen, envelope, AND STAMP...no excuses)and b) I give them time to write it THEN and THERE. Then, I close with a simple question - "Who is going to write YOUR name on THEIR list?" Pretty powerful stuff. Thanks for sharing on Credibly Connect. I value your wisdom.

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