Hadrian got it right…..

by Katie Ledger on November 19, 2007 · 0 comments

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I apologise for not blogging recently but life has been getting significantly busier!  Think some of the hard work I put in over the summer has been starting to pay off…..

“OUR GREAT MISTAKE IS TO NEGLECT THE CULTIVATION OF THOSE VIRTUES A PERSON HAS, AND TRY TO EXTRACT FROM EACH PERSON VIRTUES HE DOES NOT POSSESS” – 

Hadrian ( Roman Emperor A.D. 117 – 138)

Anyway have been reading this rather excellent book ( no longer in print but can buy second hand via Amazon very cheaply). Bernard Haldane is no longer with us but he has left an amazing legacy around career development and helping people to find their strengths. Peter Drucker ( management guru ) says in the forward,

 “This book distills his experience, his achievements, his knowledge and his wisdom. It is more than a “guide to the perplexed” – it is a guide to achievement and self-fulfillment, especially in the modern organisation”.

Bernard says,

” The process of identifying one’s motivated skills, Dependable strengths, significantly increases one’s self esteem, motivation to achieve, internal locus of control, mental health and self efficacy – studies by doctoral students reveal. Associated research has shown that people in strength classes substantially reduce the time it takes to find a job and they learn new things about themselves and increase their potential”.

Wow !  It may have been written in ’95 but apart from a lack of a chapter on Web 2.0 it still holds true today. I will set out a few of Bernard’s principles over the next few posts.  

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