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Being Different (Guest Post by Dr. Allison Garrett)

不同也是力量 - 南桥 - 南桥的博客
You may recognize the name of Buckminster Fuller. Or not. If you’re in the “not” category, I should mention that one of this year’s hot Christmas items – Buckyballs – is named for him.

Fuller was born in the late 1800s. By age 32, he was bankrupt, unemployed, an alcoholic and living in low-income housing in Chicago. The prior year, his young daughter had died of complications from polio and spinal meningitis. He was thinking about suicide.

He decided, though, that suicide would be a selfish choice that came from focusing on his own problems. Instead of focusing on his own problems, he chose to work as hard as he could to change the world for the benefit of all mankind.

Fuller became well-known for many things, but mostly for inventing the geodesic dome as a commercial structure. He was a pioneer in thinking globally and one of the first environmentalists – he coined the phrase “Spaceship Earth.” Fuller was awarded 28 patents and many awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to him not long before his death by President Ronald Reagan.

Looking back on his life, Fuller said:

Never forget that you are one of a kind. . . . And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.

And sometimes we even have differences that are perceived by others as weaknesses. Even those differences can be used to make a difference for others. When I was a corporate executive with Walmart, we had quarterly board of directors meetings. One of our directors was John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, the company that makes the hardware on which the internet runs.

Chambers always impressed me by his friendly manner and his perceptive observations. Over the years, he has been recognized in many ways. He was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” one of the best CEOs in the world in several lists, and Best Boss in America by Business Week.

But here’s something else you should know about John. Several years ago, Cisco had a “bring your child to work day.” The kids would ask him all sorts of questions, from "How much do you make?" to "Are you good at your job?” One little girl tried to ask a question but couldn't get it out. She started to tear up and finally said "I have a learning disability." John said: "So do I. Take your time."(source)

Over the years, there have been a lot of articles about how Chambers overcame his dyslexia. Some of the things he does to compensate for hisdyslexia probably have a lot to do with his success as a CEO. He says “I'll leave 40 or 50 voicemails a day. I do them on the way to work and coming back from work.” He prefers speaking with people to sending emails or letters. You can’t hear the emotion in an email, but you can when you speak with someone. These personal touches may have a lot to do with John’s success as a CEO and with his being named the “Best Boss in America.”

Sometimes life throws you a curveball that you really aren’t ready for. Take Kris Carr, for example. This vibrant young woman was diagnosed with a rare and incurable stage 4 cancer in 2003. Fighting back, she has turned her ordeal into an inspiring, entertaining and sometimes humorous look at dealing with a terminal disease. Her first book, Crazy Sexy Cancer, was a best seller and she’s turned her disease into a career with a web site (http://crazysexylife.com/), speaking engagements around the nation, TV appearances and a documentary. There’s no question that getting stage 4 cancer when you’re 31 years old stinks. But she’s found a way to embrace each day with a zeal that is contagious, while educating others about living a healthy lifestyle.

Every instrument in an orchestra makes music, but think how boring the orchestra would be if everyone played the flute or if everyone played the violin. Together, though, all of the different instruments combine to create something remarkable and beautiful. Everyone has different personalities, different strengths, and different hobbies.  Created in God’s image, we all have our unique value.  We are all gifted in various ways. Even differences that we view as challenges or difficulties can provide us with the strength of character or the unique perspective or special gifts to help others in unexpected ways. Each of us can make a difference to others in how we choose to live our lives from day to day.

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About Dr. Garrett: 

Dr. Allison Garrett is the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma Christian University. She spent many years in business, previously serving as the Vice President and General Counsel for Walmart’s Corporate Division.  Dr. Garrett is also an award-winning blogger writing on topics related to International Corporate Governance (Dr. Garrett's blog).  Her blog is constant read and quoted by business leaders, scholars and leaders of international organizations.

巴克明斯特·富勒这个名字或许您熟悉。或许您并不知晓。如属后者,我得指出,今年热卖的圣诞礼品 —— 百变巴克球 —— 就是以他命名的。

富勒生于19世纪末。32岁时,他住在芝加哥一家低收入公寓,面临破产、失业、酗酒。此前一年,他的女儿死于脊髓灰质炎和脊髓脑膜炎并发症。他在考虑自杀。

但他最终断定,自杀是个自私的选择,是眼光离不开自己的表现。他决定不再只关注自身问题,而选择努力去改变世界,为人类造福。

富勒后来在很多方面名闻遐迩,他最广为人知之处是发明了商用网格状球顶。他也是全球化思维的先驱,和最早的环保主义者之一 —— “地球太空船”一说,即为他的创造。富勒一生获得了28项专利和多项大奖,包括他去世前不久由罗纳德里根总统颁发的总统自由勋章。

回顾他的一生,富勒说:

永远不要忘记,你独一无二...永远不要忘记,不管生活的挑战和问题多大,每个人仍可让世界有所改不同。事实上,世界上任何改变的到来,都是因为某个人的努力所致。去做这样的人吧。

有时候,我们的有些差异,甚至被他人视为弱点。而这些差异有时可造福他人。过去我在沃尔玛公司担任高管,每个季度要参加董事会会议。公司董事之一为思科公司首席执行官约翰·钱伯斯。

钱伯斯的友善和他的敏锐观察力,让我印象颇为深刻。多年下来,他在很多方面得到了社会认可。他被评为《时代》杂志“100个最有影响力的人”之一。多个“最佳CEO”名单上他榜上有名,他还被《商业周刊》评为“美国最佳老板”之一。

不过约翰其他一些方面大家可能并不知道。几年前,思科公司举办了“带孩子上班日”活动。前来的孩子向他提出了各种问题,“您挣多少钱?”“您的工作做得好不好?”有个小女孩试图问一个问题,但问不出来。她开始掉泪,最后终于说:“我有学习障碍。”约翰说:“我也有。慢慢来,不要急。“

多年来,有很多文章说到过钱伯斯如何克服他的阅读困难症。他为了弥补阅读困难所做的一些努力,或许反促成了他成为成功的CEO。他说:“我每天发四五十条语音留言。我在上班途中和下班回来路上发留言。“他喜欢跟人当面交谈,而不是去发电子邮件或者写信。电子邮件中听不到感情,当面与人说话就可以。这些个人化接触,或许促进了他在CEO职位上的成功,或许也帮他成了“美国最佳老板”之一。

有时生活抛出一个弧线球,让你措手不及。克里斯·卡尔也是一个例子。2003年,这位充满活力的年轻女子被诊断出有一种罕见的癌症,发现时已到四期。她在和这绝症的斗争之中,她把自己的苦难,化作了一次励志而风趣的记录。她的第一本书,《疯狂而性感的癌症》成了一本畅销书,她还把自己的疾病变做了职业良机,她经营起一家网站“疯狂而性感的人生”(http://crazysexylife.com/),受邀在全国各地演讲,上电视,还拍出了纪录片。 一个人31岁时得上晚期癌症,无疑十分背运。但她找到了一条出路,她带着充满感染力的激情,拥抱每一天,同时教育他人去过健康的生活。

乐队中每一个乐器都能产生音乐,不过,如果乐队里所有人都吹长笛,或是所有人都弹小提琴,那会多么无聊。所有乐器合到一起,却能奏出美妙的曲子。

每个人都有不同的个性,不同的优势,不同的爱好。我们都按神的形象所造,各有价值,各有禀赋。即便我们视作挑战或困难的差异,也能给我们带来品格的力量,独特的视角,或是特殊的禀赋,让我们以意想不到的方式去帮助他人。我们人人都可借助各自日常生活的点滴选择,去为他人带来改变。

关于盖瑞特博士:

艾利森·盖瑞特(Allison Garrett)博士是俄克拉荷马基督教大学分管学术的高级副校长。加入本校前,她曾长期在业界就职,曾担任沃尔玛全球总部副总裁和总法律顾问。盖瑞特博士也是一位公司治理问题专家,和多次获奖的博客。其博客“国际公司治理”被诸多公司领导、学术人士和国际组织关注。

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