Simple Truths Matter Most

Sometimes you have the pleasure of working with someone who really brings out the best in people- challenges them and inspires at the same time. I had the pleasure of working with someone like that over the last few years — a class act and a model of what professionals in general, and Investment Bankers in particular, should be. If the world of Investment Bankers were modeled after my colleague Rick, it would be an admired profession indeed- exemplifying honesty, integrity, humility, boldness, decisiveness, humanity and caring. A fun and normal person if there ever was one- and just a nice and decent guy. It is also encouraging to see good guys attain senior status- something that people can doubt is possible, but nice guys can, in fact, win.

These truths, on how to be the best you can be, were shared with me by Rick recently. I loved it and thought you would too.

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Be on time

Excellence is wonderful to observe- when you see it — tell them or say thanks

There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance

Don’t make side conversations while a speaker is speaking

Keep your promises- no matter what

Have a sense of urgency

Be passionate

A great handshake is a great start

Lead by example

Have fun!

Leadership is a privilege

It is not about the mistakes you make it is what you do about it that counts

Have a view and back it up with logic and conviction. I would rather be wrong than not have a view.

Never underestimate the value of your contribution.

If you think something is broken or doesn’t make sense, make suggestions to fix or offer to change — there is a big difference between complaining and criticism e.g. I make these points because we can be so much better!

We can all be leaders whether it is the numbers, the deal, the client, the product or the rules — make yourself invaluable by being the expert on something.

Work hard and play hard. Family comes first, the more balanced we are, the happier we will be. Happy employees will delight the clients and in turn should result in happy shareholders.

Anticipate the effect of your words or actions on others — so treat others the way you want to be treated.

Have an attitude — a good one! We all love to be around positive people — so be one!

These truths are relevant whether you are a student, a junior person starting a career, or someone who is thinking about what legacy they want to leave-simple, and powerful- as are most things that really matter!