LINC: Rick Beyer's Laws to Live By
As a participant in the Laurentians Investing in Networking and Careers (LINC) sophomore mentoring program at St. Lawrence University, I recently had the opportunity to meet my mentor in person during the LINC Kick-Off Weekend! LINC is an incredible program that pairs sophomores with an alumnus, alumna or a SLU parent to guide them in developing professional goals and refining a career path. I am so honored to have Rick Beyer ’66 as my mentor. An accomplished SLU alumnus, Rick serves on the Alumni Executive Council so that he can give back to the place that gave so much to him. From his upbeat personality to his constant smile, Rick spreads positivity wherever he goes. For many years, he was a Syracuse City School District principal and is now an activist and dedicated Laurentian. In my discussions with Rick, he has already begun to teach me valuable life lessons he learned from his career, or as he calls them, laws to live by.
Rick Beyer’s Laws to Live By:
- Watch people you admire and learn from them.
Incorporate qualities of those you admire into your own behavior and habits. However, remember that plenty can also be learned from watching those whom you do not admire and learning from their mistakes.
- Do not answer a question if you do not know the answer.
If you do not know how to properly answer the question being asked or are unsure of the answer, be honest and say that you do not know the answer. It is much better to not answer a question then be caught in a problematic situation down the road, especially in the work place.
- There are two sides to every story and you must listen to both.
Always remember to keep an open mind and hear both sides to a story before jumping to conclusions. Actively listening to both sides of a story is an important rule of thumb when resolving conflicts in a professional manner.
- Do not say that you will adopt things that you cannot actually implement.
Particularly in the context of professional environments, do not make false promises. Take time to think and reflect before making quick decisions.
- Read body language.
Words are important, but sometimes much more can be learned by watching a person’s nonverbal communication.
- Do not let people turn you away from your path to achieving your goals.
Remember to stay motivated and determined in accomplishing your goals, while never forgetting to ask for help when needed.
- A sense of humanity is most important.
A good leader should recognize that above all, a compassionate heart is essential.
Rick is full of awesome advice and stories from his career, and I am so fortunate to learn from him! While he says that there are additional laws he plans to share with me, the seven above can be incorporated in various ways and are great tips for working effectively in the professional world. I am looking forward to a fantastic year of LINC and am thankful for Rick’s support and guidance.