Social animal refers to an animal that is highly interactive with other members of its species. Eric is a perfect example of a human social animal, interacting with others daily and profoundly impacting his life. A spare time activity invariably is with people: he never walks alone, golfs with friends, does city trips accompanied, and loves to cook for guests.
Reading is too solitary an activity for Eric. One book he likes to mention because it is based on scientific research and the tips & tricks are easily applicable: 'Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap' by Collins.
Eric is motivated by dealing with people. He gets a fuzzy warm feeling to do something for another and likes two-sided transferring knowledge and experience. He is particularly interested to learn from the younger generations how they come to decisions.
Nobody and everybody is a hero. One can learn from everyone, even those who have done poorly can teach how not to do it.
Eric lives by the motto: "If you don't bring value, you only add cost." Proactive self-reflection is necessary, but few do in his experience. One should make a habit of evaluating every day how the day went. Eric keeps in mind to "be positive without being naive." A positive attitude helps to solve the most significant problems.
His younger self, he'd advise learning to cope with unjustness, to accept that the world is unfair. Eric considers being immensely bothered by injustice as a personal flaw because he finds it limiting.
"Don't take yourself too seriously," Eric concludes. "Learn to put things into perspective. Each person and position has value." As a leader of organizations and people, Eric understood that the so-called soft side has a massive impact on the hard side of numbers, P&L, KPIs. The human factor is decisive.
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