This Time of Year is Trying – Let’s be Civil

As I deal with the stress of preparing for Christmas AND finishing up the quarter at the University, I find myself short-tempered.  Where is the ho, ho, ho that the season brings?  This time more than ever when everything is piling up its easy to resort to anger but for you and those around you – save yourself, your reputation and others around you by trying to remain civil.

Whether it’s in the political arena or on the playing field, or in interactions with others, being civil and polite is the key to keeping your A game.  The Vancouver Sun (April 4, 2008, http://www.canada.com) identified 10 rules for being civil.  Try these on for size and see if they don’t enhance your ability to be successful in everything you do.

  1. Pay Attention to what’s going on.
  2. Practice Compassion.
  3. Act.
  4. Hold individual accountable for what they do.
  5. Be clear in stating your case.
  6. Listen.
  7. Be prepared to change.
  8. Avoid physical and emotional violence.
  9. Remain genuine.
  10. Treat others with the respect with which you’d like to be treated.
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About vseitz

Marketing Professor at California State University, San Bernardino and author of "I Don't Wear A Suit."

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