Many years ago, I was a salary slave for Anixter when selling cabling AND networking gear together made sense. Each new employee was given a copy of “Blue Book” and then walked through the pages by a senior manager:
More than 45 years ago, our founders presented our beliefs and defined our business style in what was the first Blue Book. While we have grown and changed dramatically since we were established in 1957, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to the values presented in the Blue Book.
I imagine startup founders and DevOps consultants will be deeply surprised that building company culture has been around since the turn of the century. But I digress.
Here is a key section that hit home for me about truth.
At the start of my time at Anixter, the culture outlined in the Blue Book was very real. There are some high standards that are difficult to accept but senior managers would follow them and enforce them as needed. Over time, there was some change in the managerial layer and those promoted got lazy. When the business came under pressure the philosophy was, well, “adapted” to the situation.
In particular, managers found it easier to ignore the philosophy for short term gaols such as their Friday golf games on the company’s money.
Today, I continue to re-read the Anixter Blue Book on a regular basis. Its a personal reminder of basic ways to behave with grace and respect when under pressure:
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I have used the Anixter blue book as guide to my professional life for the last 20 years. If you want some guidance on integrity, personal and professional conduct while balancing the needs to make money then a quick read of this short book might inspire you.
Source: Anixter Blue Book Retrieved 20180416