The Soft Skill of Work Ethic

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In this podcast: What constitutes a good and poor work ethic, give some practical tips about how to instill work ethic in your kids and talk about some of my favorite people, including George Washington, Lillian Gilbreth and Frank Braun.In this episode we jump in to the Soft Skill of Work Ethic. I’ll cover what constitutes a good and poor work ethic, give some practical tips about how to instill work ethic in your kids and talk about some of my favorite people, including George Washington, Lillian Gilbreth and Frank Braun.

Modern Hebrew 

Biblical Hebrew

George Washington

Mt. Vernon 

Lillian Gilbreth 

Cheaper by the Dozen

Belles on their Toes

Cheaper by the Dozen Movies

Ralph Braun 


Hard Workers Practice


Time Management

Stress Management

Change Management

Leisure Management


Those with Work Ethic Practice

  1. Professionalism Professionalism is such a broad category, in fact, that it basically encompasses all the other elements of a strong work ethic.
  2. Respectfulness-You display grace under pressure.
  3. Dependability– You can be relied on to keep your promises..
  4. Dedication– You don’t stop until the job is done, and done right.
  5. Determination– With purpose and resilience, you push ahead, no matter how far you have to go.
  6. Accountability -You take personal responsibility for your actions and outcomes. You don’t make excuses.
  7. Humility

You acknowledge everyone’s contributions, and freely share credit for accomplishments and show gratitude. You have integrity, are willing to learn from others and you strive always to maintain a sense of humor about yourself.


Lack of Work Ethic:

  • Tardiness – not getting to where they need to be in a timely manner
  • Failure to notify of an absence – just not showing up at all with no explanation or concern on for those they have left hanging
  • Insubordination –not being willing to submit to those in authority, being disrespectful
  • Rude or abusive language
  • Failure to follow department, company or family rules or culture- every unit has a culture and those with a poor work ethic or not concerned with influencing that culture in a positive way.
  • Dishonesty- this can include obvious lying and less obvious suppression of facts and information.
  • Theft –this can include property, fraud, and reputation- little to no concern for the sovereignty of others.


Remember-hard work is about productivity but also about efficiency. Limit Activities that get you nowhere. Everyone has 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week 8,760 hours in a year


To instill Work Ethic in our Kids:

1.     Create opportunities for your kids to work young and often.

2.     Don’t hire away all the tough jobs.

3.     Treat their studies as a work ethic training ground.

4.     Let them suffer the consequences of failing to work hard.

5.     Model a consistent work ethic in your own life..

6.     Treat having a work ethic as an element of character.


Hard work betrays none. Hachiman Hikigaya


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