Honesty Makes Sense!

What do you consider being honest? Is honesty only offering a response to a question with some truth? Are we being dishonest when we avoid telling a significant other, family member or friend something… to avoid a problem? Everyday it seems as though people are avoiding smaller and smaller issues. If we continue to ignore, hide or avoid a small issue, does it not eventually accumulate into a bigger issue?

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Honesty is the Best Policy

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My take: In business or personal, I believe that it is important to be honest. Yes, often the truth hurts but dealing with the uncomfortable feelings that could come from being forthcoming will only help us grow and become stronger. Obviously, when one conveys a message,  tact and consideration should be part of the delivery.  The more challenges we face (and overcome) the stronger our resolve is;  as we “tackle” the daily grind that life throws at us why not just be honest?

“A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.”  ~Edgar J. Mohn

“A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.”  ~Author Unknown

“The cruelest lies are often told in silence.”  ~Adlai Stevenson

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References: Business Week

Five Simple Actions

Five simple actions to enhance your work environment:

1- Say “Hello”

2-A “Please and Thank you” is nice.

3-Listen and acknowledge, it is nice to be heard.

4-Offer support, “anything I can do to help?”

5-“Have a nice day” is a good end to the work day.

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Often a little action here or there can brighten up a day.


Business Etiquette

What’s the difference between the rising star whose career is picking up speed and his counterpart who can’t seem to get the engine to turn over? Often, the star has mastered the nuances of business etiquette — the subtle but critical behaviors that can make or break an important meeting, influence a first impression or impress a potential client.

How Do Your Business Manners Rate? Take the quiz Business Etiquette Quiz and/ or this Etiquette Quiz.

Do you treat people with respect? Paula Williams shares some fantastic insight in More Than Just Eating With the Right Fork.

Know the difference between social and business etiquette. Understand that different countries have different ideas of what manners are.