February 23, 2009

Relationships: The Importance of Mutual Respect

"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."

Og Mandino
Author "The Greatest Salesman in the World"

The February 14th edition of The Economist includes an article about a resurgence in positive business manners, the result of bad economic times.

Unfortunately but probably likely, the article concludes this will pass as good times return.

Nice when things are bad, rude when they are good.

How important is it that we employ respect and courtesy in our business relationships?


  1. The Economist article describes the rude attitudes I encountered looking for capital for my business the last couple of years.

    What is it about having money that makes those who do think they can say and do whatever they like to those who don't?

  2. Throughout my career I've observed that the least aware people (I could have chosen a much nastier description) are those who are the most rude when things go their way, as well as the first to try to be nice when they're in trouble. Fortunately they are easy to spot and I do my best to avoid them.