The way in which you see the world is very important. So important in fact, that the filter in which you make decisions has had much to do with where you currently are. Can you go back to a decision that you made years ago because of your philosophy of life that has something to do with where you are at today? I’m sure you can. The important thing to note is that everyone has a certain set of beliefs about the world. (Even if one says they don’t have a specific worldview, their worldview is to not see through the lens of a worldview.) [Read more…] about Have You Thought Much About Your Worldview?
I have an acquaintance who says that NICE stands for:
You would correctly surmise he’s not the cheeriest person in the world, nor does he believe in the essential goodness of mankind.
The strict definition of the English word Nice is “pleasant; agreeable; satisfactory” with a secondary definition of “fine; subtle.” I live in Iowa where we talk about “midwest nice” as part of our culture. We wave to other drivers on the farm roads even when we don’t know them! Mothers coach their children to be polite and nice to others, which is a good thing.
Check out the surprising etymology of the word “nice”:
Leaders should be pleasant and engaging (and firm and decisive) rather than nescius. Ignorance should never be the source of “nice.” Nescius serves neither you or others, and certainly not your organization.
Finally, far too many people underestimate the cunning and wile that can lie underneath the surface of “nice.” Be wary of presumptions that nice goes deep. Study and weigh actions more than words.
Many people have observed that nice people don’t “get ahead” in organizations. There may be some Machiavellian truth in that. The people who get ahead are seen as effective. Leaders must work for effectiveness first, and certainly nescius has no place in effectiveness.
Be nice out of courtesy and knowledge and experience. Be nice because it promotes healthy relationships. Be nice but not at the expense of the truth.
Falling behind on your most important work? Procrastinating on that thing which you know down deep would make a huge difference, but you just can’t quite get to it? Distractions pulling you down rabbit holes which end in watching water-skiing orangutans on YouTube?
You need to disconnect and do. Here’s how that works: