The thread starts with a sincere question, "What makes someone in a true professional...?" and the ensuing comments are very wise. I encourage you to go and read them.
If I were to summarize what I've read - and weave in what I've learned on my own -- here are some of the "precepts" that pop out from this long list:
- Be rational: Think before you act.
- Be reasoned: Don't act in anger or vengeance.
- Be pragmatic: Remember that business is about what's best for the business.
- Be human: Remember that numbers don't always tell the whole story.
- Be magnanimous: Give others due credit (and the benefit of the doubt).
- Be tolerant: Remember that others can learn from their mistakes.
- Be humble: Remember that you can learn from your mistakes
- Be accountable: Do what you say, and keep commitments.
- Be respectul: Demonstrate respect and foster dignity for yourself and others.
- Be open-minded: Learn something new every day; and consider the perspectives of others.
- Be steadfast: Don't compromise your principles.
But don't take my word for it - go read the list. Got any to add? Think I'm blowing smoke? Would love to hear more in your comments on this post.