Daniel Kahneman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Forbes had an interesting article on how to be successful. Citing the research of Nobel Laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, the article states that emotional intelligence (EQ), moral intelligence and body intelligence are more important than IQ in predicting individual success. To improve moral intelligence, how one manages "integrity, responsibility, sympathy, and forgiveness", Forbes recommended to make fewer excuses.
I am very fond of lessons from the military (several links here) in teaching individual behavior and management. New soldiers are taught three ways to answer a question:
- Yes sir
- No sir
- I do not know sir
From the beginning soldiers are taught not to make excuses. You will also save a lot of time by eliminating excuses :)