Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Hobbits

How can a geek not appreciate a headline like, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Hobbits? The author, Alex Knapp, was also the creative mind behind Leadership Lessons from Captain Kirk and Captain Picard.
"One of the reasons why Hobbits were so successful in the world beyond, to the point that, in the words of Elrond, they could “arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great” is because they have certain habits that predisposed them to success."
It should be noted that most Hobbits lived quiet, isolated, lives. The Hobbit Habits here (try saying that 5 times fast) belong to a small group of "highly effective" hobbits that changed the world. 
  1. Be CleverBeing small, Hobbits rely on their wit to succeed and even the mighty are impressed by them.
  2. Overcome Your FearsBe brave.
  3. Be PreparedWhether a birthday part or a trip across the world, these Hobbits planned and managed resources effectively.
  4. Support your Team"Loyalty is a central theme of The Lord of the Rings. ... It takes a team to accomplish great things, and teams require loyalty to survive."
  5. Know when to Question the BossLoyalty is good but not blind loyalty. Sometimes those in charge are dangerously wrong.
  6. Take a Chance on People"The entire saga of The Lord of the Rings hinges on two acts of mercy – by Bilbo and Frodo Baggins – in sparing the life of Gollum."
  7. Stop and Smell the RosesIn the race to the top and success, don't forget to enjoy life along the way.  

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