In researching yesterday's post, I came across this post on Penelope's Trunk Brazen Careerist. In it, she describes her highly negative reaction to Tim Ferris of The 4-Hour Workweek fame. She makes some interesting points, but not the one I am going to make here. I want to pick out one piece of her blog and a comment from one of her readers about it. The piece is this:
"And it reminds me of him winning the Chinese National Kickboxing Championships by leveraging a little-known rule that people are disqualified if they step outside the box. So he pushed each of his opponents outside the box to win."
The comment was:
"FINALLY! Someone who just comes out and says it! I facilitate a roundtable of CEOs and as soon as they read the part about the kickboxing – they said "trash it"..that's no way to do business for the long term."
"Had a lawyer tell me that it was "ingenious" on how to work around the rules….go figure!"
Great example of how "learning to think like a lawyer" often results in a detachment from values widely shared in modern societies. Any wonder why corporate managers often don't call lawyers in until it's too late. Do you wonder why business clients aren't loyal to law firms?
Here's a rainmaking suggestion: reconnect with values.