Management By Nuns

Quote of the Day

Propose to any Englishman any principle or instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the English mind is directed to find a difficulty, a defect, or an impossibility in it.

— Charles Babbage, an early computer pioneer who struggled to convince backers that computers had any future.

Figure 1: Move I Had To Watch As A Boy.

Figure 1: Movie I Had To Watch As A Boy.

I was raised in a devout Catholic home and nuns were a big part of my youth. For example, I had to watch every nun movie ever made (e.g. Figure 1), and I attended regular religious education, which was often conducted by nuns.

I have not had any contact with nuns as an adult, with the exception of encountering nuns protesting my workplace when I was working for a defense contractor (Honeywell). That was an interesting experience.

I have not thought about nuns as managers until I read this blog post. I really liked Sister Rosemarie Nassif's ten commandments of leadership. Here they are.

  1. Love the journey.
  2. Live and work your passions.
  3. Make mistakes.
  4. Give yourself away each and every day.
  5. Always be grateful.
  6. Integrity is your most powerful asset.
  7. Your greatest strength is your greatest weakness.
  8. Vision, no matter how right, can only be delivered through relationships.
  9. Success is only success if everyone feels the win.
  10. Don’t overcomplicate.



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