Where do we get our inspiration from as far as our work ethic is concerned?
My earliest influence was definitely my late beloved Dad who always told me we get nothing for nothing. That is why I think my work ethic is so important to me.
When I started work in 1969 the boss of the Hospital was God as far as I was concerned. I was 16 and he was probably about 60. It felt to me like he just knew everything there was to know about how to run a hospital.
Now of course almost 40 years later I realise he was important but not actually God. Nevertheless those early influences are still with me in my work.
As I moved on in my career other people influenced my thinking and I came to realise there was such a thing as challenging the boss. The boss was not necessarily always right. But he/she was always the boss. Therefore I adopted a style that challenged the boss but I remembered that ultimately I had to support the boss.
Then I began to read about management and leadership and formed my own views through a mixture of practical experience and management theory – largely the former I have to say.
Nowadays I guess I like to spend my time reflecting on what I have learned and who I have learned from.
Where have your influences come from?