November 14, the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, is celebrated as Children’s Day. Here's a special bonus edition of i-TFTD:
#170-1. If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
-Abigail Van Buren
#170-2. You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
-Franklin P. Jones
#170-3. Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
#170-4. First you have to teach a child to talk, then you have to teach it to be quiet.
#170-5. Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?
#170-6. Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.
Substitute children in the above with subordinates and parent with leader, to get useful insights on career development, leadership qualities and giving feedback. The last one is a killer: merely having people report into you does not make you a leader.