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Behavior Matters

In life there is a decent way to behave and respect others and yourself. Call it honorable behavior. In a recent article in several magazines and on U-tube a Russian cellist traveling on a train in China put his feet in the hair of a Chinese women sitting in front of him. She asked him to remove his feet politely and he insulted her “in Chinese when she protested”. Someone on the train took a video and it has shown up around the world with angry reactions to this man’s disgraceful behavior. His employer the Beijing Symphony Orchestra fired him saying, “his actions were deemed to have damaged the orchestra’s reputation.” Behavior does matter as this man lost his job due to his disgraceful conduct. There were consequences for his bad behavior.

This man’s negative behavior had consequences, he lost his job publicly. Your behavior matters so be polite and courteous and think before you act. Will your behavior make you proud of your actions or sorry as this man was when he decided to apologize after being fired? People are accountable and responsible for their actions!

What has happened to decent behavior? This is something everyone should think about and remember. If you would not like dirty feet in your hair why would you want to put them in someone else’s hair? Confucius said it best, “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”

What are the three things you should remember to do to behave responsibly?

1. Think before you act. Would you like this to be done to you? Would you be willing to read about it in the local newspaper paper the next day? Will it make you proud?
2. Would you purchase this behavior? “Let the buyer beware.” (“Caveat emptor”)
3. What one rule should you share with your family, your friends and your students? Dr. Madeline Frank’s famous saying, “If I take this action will it make me proud?” It works well in all situations. You stop and think before you do something disgraceful.

Your behavior matters so remember to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Matthew 7:12) Do the right thing and respect others and yourself. Your behavior does matter and does have consequences. Your behavior is a first impression of how you look to others. A first impression is permanent so think carefully before you act unwisely.

Madeline Frank, Ph.D. is an Best Selling Author, sought after speaker, business owner, teacher, researcher, and concert artist. She helps businesses and organizations “Tune Up their Businesses”. Her innovative observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your businesses successful. She writes a monthly newsletter “Madeline’s Monthly Article & Musical Tips” and a monthly radio show “Madeline’s One Minute Musical Radio Show”. She has just published her new book “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget”.

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