Respectfulness and professionalism

Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.
Jane Addams
US social worker, sociologist, & suffragist (1860 – 1935)

It’s truly a pleasure to find yourself working in the company of people who conduct themselves like professionals. People who do their jobs and, appreciatively, allow others to do their jobs.

A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn’t particularly feel like it.
Alistair Cooke

There’s a real joy in working with people who bring a light into the room, and who work to share it while encouraging others to shine also. You hear the joke often about how someone should “use their powers for good, and not evil”. Well, the simple truth is that we all really do have that power in our every day lives. In any situation we can contribute, and add to the positive energy in the room, or we can choose to be a negative force on the people around us. Sowing divisiveness, mistrust and disrespect is no way to go through life. And it’s no way to behave in a creative environment: the work will grow if people are allowed to feel cared for, if they feel they can take risks without fear of retribution. If they’re made to feel the opposite, the work will suffer.

I’m going to take a second, here, to encourage everyone to seek out positive work environments. Seek them out, create them, nurture them! Lead the way, lead by example, and make a difference in the world!

Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty, and self-respect are the qualities which make a real gentleman or lady.
Thomas H. Huxley
English biologist (1825 – 1895)

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