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Respect Tip: Acknowledge Everyone’s Story

By |2012-04-17T12:03:42-04:00April 17th, 2012|Categories: Respect Tips|

For a lot of people, work is where they have their first experience dealing with people who are different from them. This experience may be either consoling or a wake up call. If you've spent your entire life around people who are like you, than encountering someone unlike you may be a shock. Early in [...]

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Respect Tip: Mind Your Mood

By |2017-01-13T13:42:10-05:00April 10th, 2012|Categories: Respect Tips|Tags: , |

If you've ever been to London and traveled on the tube then you've seen the signs or heard the announcement to 'mind the gap.' It's a gentle reminder to watch your step from the train to the platform. Similarly, we all have the power to mind our mood, even if no one tells us to. In an article recently [...]

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Respect Tip: Open a Door

By |2017-01-13T13:42:10-05:00April 3rd, 2012|Categories: Respect Tips|Tags: , , |

This is one of those tips that has a literal and a figurative meaning. When I initially thought about it, it was the literal meaning that struck me. But after thinking about it for a couple of minutes, the figurative meaning hit me, which means it's actually two tips in one! First, when you think [...]

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Respect Tip: Choose Your Words Thoughtfully

By |2012-03-27T13:00:15-04:00March 27th, 2012|Categories: Respect Tips|

Words and respect go hand in hand. Recently, I got into an argument with a loved one. In the heat of the moment I said some words I probably shouldn't have, and now I regret it. Afterward, my loved one said the words I used were a 'low blow.' And they were right. So why, [...]

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Adventures of a Cultural Tourist: An American Abroad

By |2017-01-13T13:42:11-05:00March 22nd, 2012|Categories: Cultural Tourism|

Earlier this month, I read online how Americans had recently been rated as the worst tourists abroad. This was seemingly based on the poor behavior that we exhibit when travelling to international locales. That story coupled with the fact that every spring, just as the temperatures warm up and the flowers bloom, I am reminded [...]

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Respect Tip: Do What You Say You Will

By |2017-01-13T13:42:11-05:00March 20th, 2012|Categories: Respect Tips|

This tip works especially well with a tip I posted late last year on trust. Akin to building trust, doing what you say you will is part of the foundation to building respect and a respectful workplace. Doing what you say you will starts with YOU. Do you often tell yourself that you'll get into the [...]

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Respect the Barrel, er, I Mean, Your Co-Workers

By |2017-01-13T13:42:11-05:00March 16th, 2012|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

Not too long ago, I was on my way to a client meeting on the other side of town from where I live. To get to the site, I had to cross a bridge through downtown. This bridge is a main thoroughfare and therefore heavily traveled. So much so, that they are actually building another bridge [...]

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Respect Tip: Refrain from Gossip

By |2017-01-13T13:42:11-05:00March 13th, 2012|Categories: Respect Tips|Tags: |

We've all done it. It might have seemed harmless at the time. We started or passed along gossip about one of our co-workers. But it isn't harmless and it can be hurtful. Sadly, as workplace violence, bullying, and harassment rates continue to rise, gossip is also increasingly playing a larger role. Gossip nowadays doesn't just happen in person around [...]

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Respect Tip: Be Curious, Not Suspicious

By |2012-03-06T12:44:03-05:00March 6th, 2012|Categories: Respect Tips|

"Be Curious, Not Judgmental" ~ Walt Whitman While I agree with Walt Whitman's above quote, I would take it a step further and say, "be curious, not suspicious." Being curious is an inherent quality that all of us share. If as humans, we were not curious, we would have never discovered new ways to exist in [...]

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