You Will See Them Again On The Way Back Down

November 29th, 2008 by Rich Christiansen

Be kind to your team members on the way up because you will see them again on the way back down.

I interrupt Sharon’s regularly scheduled blog to inject a quote from my mentor Dr. Peter Horne. I guess I get the right to do that every once in a while. :-)

In preparation for sending the book manuscript to the publisher, the past several weeks I have been contacting the individuals that I have quoted in the book. I wanted to make sure I got it right. This has generated a number of really fun conversations and trips down memory lane.

One of these conversations was with my mentor Dr. Peter Horne. Dr. Horne has a refined British accent, lives in Dartmouth England, and his IQ is so high it does not register on the richter scale. As a side note, Dr. Horne is the only non Japanese person to ever sit on the board of Mitsubishi Electric. However, the thing that most draws me to Peter is his ability to hit the nail on the head with simple, spot on practical advice.

As we discussed a few of his life philosophies (several of which made it into the book), I was reminded of the following statement that Dr. Horne would frequently make.

Be nice to your team members on the way up because you will see them again on the way down.

Ugggggggg …. I failed to put that one in the book, so this post will have to be a second best for now.

What brilliant advice from a very wise man. I know one thing for sure if you spend any time in the entrepreneurship world, you are going to go up and you will certainly go down as well.

We could all do with a bit more of being kind and thoughtful to those around us. Indeed odds are we will see them in a different setting next time around the merry go round.

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