In keeping with the character theme, I wondered about just good, old-fashioned principles. Are they still valid? Is there a timeless code that we can all adhere to, regardless of our politics, faith, or personal circumstance? According to the website, cowboyethics.org, every cowboy ‘knew what the code was’, even though the code of the West was unwritten.
The man behind the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership, Jim Owen, began his career as a Wall Street insider. In his book, Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West, he shares the guidelines that can be found in the timeless code of the West.
1 Live each day with courage
2 Take pride in your work
3 Always finish what you start
4 Do what has to be done
5 Be tough, but fair
6 When you make a promise, keep it
7 Ride for the brand
8 Talk less and say more
9 Remember that some things aren’t for sale
10 Know where to draw the line
Pretty good stuff, and worth a look. What would you add to this list?
During the past couple of months, I have had lots of coffee meetings. Networking and coffee just seem to go hand in hand. My professional career has been in sales and business development which has trained me to be a professional networker. I do it all the time. I enjoy it.
Now that I am consulting for multiple companies, this notion of networking has taken on new meaning. I have always enjoyed meeting new people, understanding what they do, while at the same time trying to help them be better at what they do.
All of this networking leads me back to coffee…and lots of it.
Networking and coffee are kind of like ham and eggs. They just go together. As I spend more and more time circulating through the coffee scene, I have noticed there are two kinds of coffee drinkers. There are the coffee sippers who savor the flavor and generally make the experience last as long as possible. And then there are the gulpers, who attack their coffee and slosh it down with gusto. My wife is the former. I am the latter. We both like coffee, but she orders hers so hot that it threatens to melt the cup, while I order mine at 135 degrees or ‘kid friendly’ as some of the serious coffee shops call it. She’s a sipper and I am a gulper.
Two different approaches. Same coffee. I know the coffee shop is glad to see both of us.
What kind of coffee drinker are you?