Your Mother Was Right: Do the Right Thing!
This is a simple example, but there are times when we are called upon in business to do something without the consideration of what’s in it for us. Perhaps it’s to recommend a different vendor or to give honest appraisal of the situation when things go wrong. Whatever. The point here is that what goes around comes around. Nice guys are rewarded. Kind gestures are duly noted. And doing the right thing, the selfless thing, can be the rule and not the exception.
That person you let cut in front of you in this morning’s highway traffic jam could just be the prospect you are going to see. If not, it’s still the right thing to do. Hold the door open for someone whose arms are full and you just might find yourself sitting opposite him or her in an upcoming conference room negotiation. If not, it’s still the right thing to do. You just never know.
Like we, your collective mothers, told you when you were growing up, “Make good decisions” and “Be kind” and “Do the right thing.” Even if nothing comes your way as a result, it’s never a bad idea.
Your mother was right after all. Imagine that!
Bill Farquharson is a Vice President at NAPL. He can be reached at BFarquharson@NAPL.org or (781) 934-7036.