1. Protect Life:
Foster the safety and well-being of fellow workers or students, and their environment; acknowledge their sincere efforts, ideas, contributions and viewpoints -- even if you don’t always
agree with them. (At the very least, listen with an open mind and try to understand the dynamic of other peoples’ opinions.)
2. Respect the property of others:
Be scrupulous in dealing with company property and finances, under each and every circumstance (there is absolutely no excuse for stealing from or cheating a boss, a co-worker, a supplier, or a customer.) Give thanks for the resources and opportunities you have been given and the work you are being paid to do.
3. Honor relationships:
Treat men and women with equal respect, professionalism, and without any hint of prejudice, preferential treatment, or sexual misconduct.
4. Tell the truth:
In all aspects of your work, convey only true impressions through your speech, by your behavior, and in what you write
(no misleading self-promotion, outright lying, or false or misleading advertising.)
5. Create harmony:
Seek peace between co-workers and fellow students, rather than fermenting rifts. Encourage creative collaboration rather than cut-throat competition (even among those you fear might be out to undermine you.) Also, take responsibility for your mistakes, endeavoring to rectify and learn from them.
6. Be generous with praise and cautious with blame:
Work to solve problems rather than instigate new ones; share the power of ideas and encourage people to go beyond what they think they’re capable of (and don’t feel threatened if the
best idea isn’t always yours).
7. Use time well:
Don’t waste company time with idle gossip, slander, rumors,
taking sides, back-stabbing, complaining, and the like (employ the energy of your speech for meaningful communication and mutual encouragement.)
8. Rejoice in achievement:
Take a moment to appreciate accomplishments of every kind, both those of your co-workers and fellow-students as well as those of your competition – even if you wish those successes were yours! Shock people with sincere acknowledgement for work well done.
9. Be compassionate:
Reach out to fellow workers or students who are in pain, feeling neglected, or unappreciated. Try to imagine yourself in their place, and be willing to listen to what they have to say. (And never rejoice in a rival's misfortune.)
10. Cultivate a peaceful mindset:
Commit to making three intentional Acts of Peace a day, every day – toward anyone and everyone -- so that you begin to look at your own achievement, success and happiness only in terms of other people’s achievement, success, and happiness as well.
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