CREATED BY MIT PROFESSOR, DR. WOODIE FLOWERS
"IT'S A WAY OF DOING THINGS:
ENCOURAGES HIGH-QUALITY WORK, EMPHASIZES THE VALUE OF OTHERS, RESPECTS INDIVIDUALS AND THE COMMUNITY
"GRACIOUS PROFESSIONALS LEARN AND COMPETE LIKE CRAZY, BUT TREAT ONE ANOTHER WITH RESPECT AND KINDNESS IN THE PROCESS. AVOID TREATING ANYONE LIKE LOSERS. KNOWLEDGE, COMPETITION, AND EMPATHY ARE COMFORTABLY BLENDED."
"IN THE LONG RUN, GRACIOUS PROFESSIONALISM IS PART OF PURSUING A MEANINGFUL LIFE. ONE CAN ADD TO SOCIETY AND ENJOY THE SATISFACTION OF KNOWING ONE HAS ACTED WITH INTEGRITY AND SENSITIVITY."
CREATE SOLUTIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD BY REALIZING OUR FULL POTENTIAL.
· DISCOVERY: WE EXPLORE NEW SKILLS AND IDEAS.
· INNOVATION: WE USE CREATIVITY AND PERSISTENCE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.
· IMPACT: WE APPLY WHAT WE LEARN TO IMPROVE OUR WORLD.
· INCLUSION: WE RESPECT EACH OTHER AND EMBRACE OUR DIFFERENCES.
· TEAMWORK: WE ARE STRONGER WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER.
· FUN: WE ENJOY AND CELEBRATE WHAT WE DO!
Gracious Professionalism was created by MIT professor, Dr. Woodie Flowers and is part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.