Can how you treat a waiter can predict a lot about character?
Can how you treat a waiter can predict a lot about character? Many CEO's say yes. Read about the story here. I was taught to treat everyone with respect. I would think that "followers of Christ" would be the most respectful people in the world. Unfortunately, my experiences prove this is not always the case. Bill Swanson, CEO of Raytheon, offers this list about character here. Several stuck out to me.
Learn to say, "I don't know." If used when appropriate, it will be often. If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much. Don't be timid; speak up. Express yourself, and promote your ideas. Strive for brevity and clarity in oral and written reports. When dealing with outsiders, remember that you represent the company. Be careful of your commitments. Don't ever lose your sense of humor. Have fun at what you do. It will reflect in your work. No one likes a grump except another grump.What about the unwritten rules of being a "Christ Follower?" Here are some of mine: (no specific order) 1. Obey the great commandment. 2. Spend time with God 3. Have fun-life is short 4. Look for opportunities to share Jesus with others 5. Make your family a priority 6. Smile 7. Use "God-honoring" language 8. Don't be a stumbling block 9. Learn how to say, "I was wrong!" 10. Learn how to ask for forgiveness-don't just say I'm sorry! 11. Remember that you represent all "believers!" 12. Show humility 13. It's easier to say no up-front then to play spin control later 14. Use words sparingly 15. Learn to say "I don't know" but I'll find out What about you? What would you add?
posted by Kevin Bussey at 4/29/2006 08:55:00 AM