Several weeks ago, I shared the above on LinkedIn, reflecting on my time both as a design lead and a gung fu instructor. If I am quite honest, it's most likely my Judeo-Christian upbringing as much the Confucianism I was raised within that affects this the strongest, but my captivation with Existentialism and Buddhism was in part due to its universal emphasis on the law of reciprocity, the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated, the so-called Golden Rule.
As stated by Jean-Paul Sartre:
And while Sartre speaks to the philosophy of humanity in regards to the golden rule, I wanted to explore further, interested in extending this notion into the practical constraints of my day-to-day world. Doing so, I stumbled upon this piece, New Managers Need a Philosophy About How They’ll Lead:
This quote stands out to me in particular, because it focuses on two things important to me and that I hope to see of more in the world:
People and Purpose
Despite my love for crafting products and services, I ultimately believe it's about the people who make them and the people who use them. Until a day comes when our labor is replaced by that of automatons, people are still the success of an organization, and purpose is what drives them. Whether it be financial gain, meaning, making something, or any myriad of significant reasons, people and their reasons are what makes things possible. I believe that serving those we lead is a large part of achieving anything great in this world.