John D. Rockefeller was asked what quality he was most willing to pay for when hiring employees. His response? Without hesitation he said, “The ability to get along with others.” Getting along to go along.
24 Rules For Getting Along With Anyone. (OK. Almost anyone.)
1. Remember: Difficult people are difficult because difficult has worked for them.
2. Keep disagreements from becoming arguments by welcoming the disagreement.
3. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the most important sound in any language.
5. Take the high road.
6. Think before you speak – thoughtless words leave lasting wounds.
7. Give honest, sincere appreciation.
8. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
9. Become genuinely interested in other people. Think first of the other person.
10. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.
11. Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully.
12. Show respect for the other person’s opinion. Never say, “You’re wrong.”
13. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
14. Don’t backstab, condemn or complain.
15. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
16. Make getting along your goal. You’ve got to get along to go along.
17. Develop spiritual depth in yourself and share this strength with others.
18. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
19. Let the other person save face.
20. Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement.
21. Seek to understand before being understood. Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.
22. Use encouragement generously. Praise publicly. Correct privately.
24. Smile again.
Life is relationships – the rest is just details.
APPLICATION: Do you have another “rule” that works for you? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.
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