For our Students
A comprehensive education would not be complete without thoughtful training and preparation in leadership, ethics and value-based decision making. This is especially important in considering a career in the public policy arena that will challenge not only your technical skills but also your moral compass and motivations. I share the following with you in hopes that this wisdom is as helpful to you as it has been to me.
- You are in the relationship business.
- Know your limitations and work with people who can fill the void.
- All people who work with (for) you are your responsibility and their concerns are your concerns.
- People will take shots at you. Make every effort to make use of the valid and useful criticisms.
- Problems will come to your organization and you --- and you will not be told.
- Find forthright people (who you can trust) --- listen and learn from them.
- Some people will think they know more than you and won’t…deal with them when you have to but do not let them distract you from your organization goals.
- You are alone, BUT if people learn to trust and believe in your heart…they will walk with you.
- Forget about your legacy --- it is not important to be remembered, but it is important to make things better. Self-centered legacy seeking is a threat to seeing things correctly and, most importantly, doing the right thing at all times.
No. 1: See things as they are…and not in ways that make you feel complacent or comfortable about yourself. (the road to self-improvement)
No. 2: Don’t make messes for others to clean up. (the road to personal responsibility)
No. 3: Always bring your “A” game. A “C” game means you are not living up to your potential. If someone else is doing better than you go back to Rule No. 1 and make changes and adapt. (the process of self-improvement never ends)