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The Decline of Professional Courtesy.
How professionally courteous are you?
Do you respond to emails and phone calls or blow them off? Do you follow through on commitments or do you often “flake”? Are you timely or are you always late? How respectful are you of your boss’s and other colleagues’ time? As a manager, how committed are you to your team’s success? Do you ask for help from others, but rarely pay it back? Do you express appreciation or have a sense of entitlement? Are you less than forthcoming with employers in an interview process?
We are living in a time where the level of courtesy professionals extend to one another is on the decline.
No doubt about it – it’s tough out there. The pace is frenetic, the profession is in flux and loyalty is diminishing. And most everyone is jockeying for survival…with a focus on “Me”. In addition, there are increasing pressures at home. Many people are feeling oversubscribed and overwhelmed. So the life dynamics we face make it more difficult to rise to the extra level of professionalism that exhibits the quality and character of an A-player individual.
The lack of professional courtesy is typically not an intentional slight or egregious act. Regardless, there should be a greater commitment to incorporate more of it in our daily lives. The result will be better relationships, a better reputation, a better career, a better and happier You. So how does an oversubscribed person tackle this task? Below are a few suggestions to help you increase your professional courtesy prowess.
The legal profession is one of the most prestigious professions in the world – and attracts the best and brightest people. So it is our responsibility to lead by example. To lift the bar higher in service to each other: To expect more…and most importantly to give more. It isn’t an easy task, but by incorporating more professional courtesy into our lives…our profession and those in it will be the better for it.
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Great stuff here. At least 2 or 3 times per week, I share this on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google Plus. Keep up the good work.