Developing the Social Aspect of Your Personality
There's a risk in that. You don't know whom you might be offending or how you might be sabotaging your own success. The original etiquette manuals of Western civilization were in fact success manuals. I asked some tasteful and civilized friends and colleagues what an updated manual for would look like. And don't RSVP at the last minute for an event that involves real planning by the host. Show some decency around the office refrigerator: If you didn't put the food in, don't eat it.
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No matter how wealthy, attractive or powerful you are, according to the authors of "Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm," none of these will redeem you from the unflattering label of being boorish, rude or insensitive to the feelings of others. While the practice of good manners has dismally diminished with the rise of technology and the dissolution of traditional families, a polite and refined demeanor is still an attribute appreciated in social and business situations. Socially correct behavior is all about observing The Golden Rule you learned in childhood -- treating others the way you want to be treated. This means acknowledging their presence with a pleasant greeting, always remembering to say "please" and "thank you," respecting their privacy, opinions and possessions, and being a thoughtful and considerate guest, whether it is for a dinner or a weekend stay. Opening doors, giving up your seat on public transportation or simply lending a helpful hand to someone in need without anyone asking are all demonstrations of proper manners. To this etiquette list is added the necessity of giving others your undivided attention by not texting, taking or making cell phone calls, or reading a book while they're trying to interact with you. Just because you have many things to say doesn't mean you're entitled to dominate every conversation, constantly interrupt others when they're talking, or engage in loud, abrasive arguments if someone disagrees with you.
Do pay bills in advance if you are going to be out of station when the bill becomes due. Do remember to return what you borrow in time and in pristine condition. SLT does not salute the LT. The officer being saluted should have the time and space to return the salute. The onus of recognising a lady is that of the officer and an officer never forgets a lady once she is introduced to him. Heads of organisations traditionally use red. Vice Admiral Bharathan is Barry only for his seniors and peers, not for you.
Etiquette, the complex network of rules that govern good behavior and our social and business interactions, is always evolving and changing as society changes. It reflects our cultural norms, generally accepted ethical codes, and the rules of various groups we belong to. It helps us show respect and consideration to others and makes others glad that we are with them. Without proper manners and etiquette, the customs of polite society would soon disappear and we would act more like animals and less like people. Aggressiveness and an "every man for himself" attitude would take the lead.