The Performance Pro

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


How did we end up wallowing in the social verbal muck that we are in today? We hear it on the radio, we see it on our computers,televisions, and movies; we hear it when we are shopping and at work—and we are hearing it on the playgrounds. Crudeness, rudeness, and a downright lack of respect for others. What is even more astonishing, is that we somehow condone it by our silence. Being polite seems to be a lost art – or are we just getting too lazy to care?

We wonder why people can’t get along. It all comes down to one thing: Communication.

Let’s look at the basics: When was the last time you heard anyone say “Please”, or “Thank you”? And here’s one that seems to have been lost: “You’re welcome”. Imagine the difference in your day and the difference you would make in the day of others if you used those words whenever you could.

Some may use the excuse that they are just too time deprived and can’t take the time to be polite. Instead, I would suggest that being polite to others may be the most important thing one does all day. For relationship building, remember the old saying “You can catch more flies with honey than you can vinegar.”

If you want to be more effective or exercise your leadership skills -- or just make a difference--here’s your opportunity. Be polite. Raise the bar on yourself and set yourself apart from the Rude Crude Dudes – they’re just not funny anymore and their lack of manners is degrading to all of us.