ERIC Number: ED479790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
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Lessons Learned: Shaping Relationships and the Culture of the Workplace.
Barth, Roland S.
This collection of essays and personal reflections stems from the author's experiences as an educator and sailor. He attempts to draw parallels between the schoolhouse and the sailboat to glean lessons on how to perform in the workplace. Through anecdotes and sketches, the author furnishes two sets of "rules" on how to be a good team member, how to be an effective leader, and how to contribute to an enlightened and empowered work culture. The first set, called "cruising rules," are the norms of personal behavior required for individuals to stay on speaking, even friendly, terms while confined together for an indefinite period in close quarters at sea. They include such aphorisms as "Any story worth telling is worth telling often"; "Be careful who you get into a boat with"; and"Too many captains spoil the brine." The second set, called "working rules," are the norms of personal and professional behavior required for individuals in the workplace to stay on friendly terms and, in addition, produce a distinguished product. They include such maxims as "Our strengths may become our weaknesses"; "There is no reward for punishment"; and "Underpromise and overdeliver." (WFA)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Education Work Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Essays, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, Organizational Climate, Peer Relationship, Quality of Working Life, Teamwork, Work Attitudes, Work Environment
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