The Golden Rule

The best piece of advice I have been given came from Jesus by way of my mother. “The Golden Rule” she called it. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Is it any wonder that Jesus was such a great leader?

When it comes to modern day leadership, you could make the case that the late Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple) intuitively built his computer company on a version of this principle.

On designing the Mac, Jobs once said, “We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build. When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” 

If you want to build a great company I suggest you build something you would want to buy, not something you can sell.

Focus on carrying the quality “all the way through” and you might become legendary as a teacher, coach, mill worker, lawyer, baseball scout, furniture builder, musician, pastor, or stay at home mom.

Treat your craft, your relationships, and your work like you would like for someone in your shoes to treat them.

It’s called living by the golden rule. It worked for Jesus and my mom. It will work for you.

 

i2i,

Randy

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Ronna

9 years ago

Your mom is a wise woman!

Randy

9 years ago

yours too sis

Jason Ponzio

9 years ago

excellent post thanks. My mom use to say “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.” does this fall into the golden rule? I think so and I think it is good advice for us all…
Thanks,
ja

Randy

9 years ago

Wise woman JP. Good comment.

Scott Humphrey

9 years ago

Your mom is one of the all time best!

Randy

9 years ago

that’s a fact Scott!

Joel Gray

9 years ago

Randy,
Very interesting you used Steve Jobs as a role model for the Golden rule. Per his biography (one of them anyway):
Good Steve was brilliant, charismatic, a champion for excellence, an alchemist who turned a moribund computer company into gold. Bad Steve was petulant, rude, spiteful, and controlling, a man who thought nothing of publicly humiliating employees, hogging the credit for work he hadn’t done, throwing tantrums when he didn’t get his way, or parking his Mercedes in handicapped spots. For several years, he even denied the paternity of his daughter so that the child and her mother had to live on welfare.
He was obviously a great CEO and technical visionary but I’m not sure his personal behavior defined the Golden Rule like your mother had in mind.
My two cents!
Joel

Randy

9 years ago

Thanks for the comment Joel. Point well taken. I would never say Jobs was a role model for integrity. My hope was to encourage creativity and great design, not to make a spiritual comment.

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