“It’s nice to be important…but it’s more important to be nice.”
My dad said that often when I was growing up. I think about that idea a lot, especially as it relates to the business world. But it should not matter just in the business world. It should be applied to all aspects of our lives.
Just. Be. Nice.
Does your business have a people strategy?
It should. And being nice needs to be at the core of that strategy.
Be Nice to Everyone
Be nice to your family. Be nice to your friends. Be nice to your co-workers. Be nice to your customers. Treat everyone you encounter with respect, even if they don’t deserve it. I know, I know, easier said than done. I agree, but try it anyway.
You Can’t Pick and Choose
However, I’m not in favor of choosing when to be nice and who to be nice to. Being nice only when it is convenient or benefits you, tells me a lot about the kind of person you choose to be. It tells me that ultimately everything is about YOU.
In the end that kind of thinking does not pay off, in business or in life.
Be nice. It’s not that hard. And it’s so much better than…you know…NOT being nice.
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