Paris launches campaign to overcome rudeness…

This article caught my eye because in my world travels, I have kept a keen eye on where rudeness runs rampant and where the population practices a greater degree of kindness and consideration of others. While all of France can’t be categorized as “rude”, I have experienced a greater percentage of haughty behavior in Paris […]

Is “Dear” dead?

  Cynthia Lett was quoted along with other prominent etiquette teachers, by Bob Greene, in this article published today on CNN online.  What do you think?  Is the salutation “Dear” dead?  Do you disagree with any of the experts’ opinions?     http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/29/opinion/greene-dear-dead/  

Cursing in the Workplace

Can you get fired for cursing at work? By Alina Dizik, CareerBuilder.com July 25, 2011 9:07 a.m. EDT Even if you do great work, cursing can have an impact on your ability to get promoted. (CareerBuilder.com) — If you’re cursing at work, be careful. While it’s commonplace to curse once in a while and may […]

Is Asking For Common Courtesy An Extreme Response To Incivility?

We can’t seem to expect courtesy as a normal part of living, and so we resort to creating special areas in which people agree, by entering the roped-off space, to temporarily forgo barbarity. But it is a sad substitute for basic manners. It is an admission that we’ve abandoned any hope of encouraging thoughtful regard for others outside these narrow zones. And it doesn’t produce courtesy, just a stern vigilantism of inflexible rules.

The Vanguard Group Employees Going Business Casual

On December 3, 2010, it was published in Workforce Management Magazine that William McNabb CEO of Vanguard Group announced on his blog that the firm’s 12,500 employees can now dress more casually. “A few weeks ago, , William McNabb, received an e-mail from one of his sales representatives that a longtime client wanted to have […]

A Hotel Heiress’ Pet Peeves

Because my formal education and early career centered around the hospitality business, I am very interested in mindset changes the hospitality industry makes in response to common sense.  Since the changes in a culture’s etiquette come from the youth, this 29 year old hotel company heiress’ ideas about what proper hospitality is in today’s business […]

Sidewalk Etiquette

By Kathleen Baines, Columnist on November 1, 2010 Our generation has lost most forms of etiquette — it’s a bold claim, albeit a true one. I have my own theories as to why this decline happened — the substitution of old-fashioned methods of child-rearing with the “I’m your buddy, not your parent” model, the refusal […]