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15 Words and Phrases that Destroy Relationships

Certain words and phrases block connections cold and at the same time can make people steaming mad.  Here are some tips on language, words and phrases to avoid: You – If you tell someone “You did this” or “You did that” people get defensive. This is especially true if you use a harsh tone. Generalizations […]

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Five (5) Occasions When E-mail Should Never Be Sent

There are occasions when written correspondence is required, but e-mail should never be the method of choice.  Yes, e-mail is certainly more timely – immediate as it is – but the nuance, the impact of the message carried is diminished because it is e-mail and not a hand-written letter or note.  The following circumstances are […]

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.

Saving Face in China – excerpt from new iPhone application

I am grateful that I was a resource for the new iPhone application produced by the International Herald Tribune about international cultures and business.  This is an excerpt from an article which was published today in the IHT and New York Times.  – Cynthia Lett

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 […]

Rev Up Your Rapport

by Arnold Sanow MBA,CSP Associate of The Lett Group   Rapport can be defined as “bringing agreement, harmony and accord to a relationship”. Isn’t that what we want in our connections – to discover points of mutual interest or common ground, reach agreements, live and work together in harmony and enjoy interactions along the way- […]