What you can learn from Rules 13 and 14

Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf spoke about Rule 13 and Rule 14 at an event I attended many years ago. They have stuck with me.

Rules 13 and 14 are as relevant today
as when he spoke them

LI - Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf - Rule 13 and Rule 14

He was a great speaker. He was engaging with practical, real-world stories. He spoke about leadership, but not as a mandate or dictate. Rather as a commitment to oneself and one’s duty.

Rules 13 and 14

They are as simple as they are powerful

Rule 13 – When placed in command, take charge.

Rule 14 – Do what’s right.

9 short words with a lot of potential.

  • Potential to make a significant impact.
  • Potential to change lives.
  • Potential to change the way people see you in your career.

This is an extended excerpt from my post "What Millennials can Learn from Rules 13 and 14"

Millennials Can Apply Rules 13 and 14 Today

Whether you are a Millennial or some or some other age group you’ll find that by putting Rules 13 and 14 into practice you will be able to get ahead in your chosen field by being more authentic and perhaps a bit more entrepreneurial too.

When people know where you stand they can decide to stand with you

Rules 13 and 14 will also help you stand out in your career and in your personal life. Applying Rules 13 and 14 allows you to communicate more effectively. Think about it. If people know you are in charge (Rule 13) and that you can be counted on to do the right thing (Rule 14) they'll be able to trust and follow you to the ends of the earth.

Note: He said Rule 13 and Rule 14 were not created by him.
He told a story about when he learned them and said that they have served him well over his entire career. And, that he had shared them with those in his command much as I am sharing them with you now.

Try them today. Put Rules 13 and 14 into play on your next project. And, pass ‘em on to the team. You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised by the results.


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