Business Week asked Richard Branson for his secret to success. The founder of Virgin companies, including airlines and mobile phones, told this story:
My parents would never let me criticize anyone, saying it would reflect badly on me. To this day, I look for the best in people who work for Virgin and believe that as a result I only get the best back. ‘Flowers flourish when watered,’ they’d tell me. The same applies to people.
Tip of the hat to Rich at Business Opportunites Weblog.