I’m not talking about the Biblical ones. Those are non-negotiable to me. What I am talking about what are the 10 (or so) things in your field or business that are ‘must do’s’ in order to be successful. I recently found a ’10 commandments’ for Graphic Designers. Now, I am no graphic artist by any means, but some of the ’10′ apply to any industry. For instance: “Thou shall acknowledge your mistakes rather than cover them up.” and “You shall never pretend you know more about your client’s business than they do.” Those are pretty good right? I mean those things seem to fit in any field.
Here’s some more that I came up with for coaches:
“Thou shall never violate the confidentiality of the coaching relationship”
“Thou shall always listen with intensity, so that the client knows that they are heard.”
“Thou shall over exceed the expectation of the client”
“Thou shall model the kind of life that you coach”
“Thou shall not talk more than 20% of the time while coaching a client”
Now, these principles are pretty specific to my field, coaching, but the bigger principles of integrity, privacy, listening first, transcend coaching into virtually any profession.
Big Question: What are the ’10 Commandments’ of your field? Leave them in the comments so we can all benefit from them!