It certainly was a pleasure to be a part of this discussion forum and being a guest in your student community!
As my final general posting, I wanted to write a message for consideration as you approach graduation and your careers:
I believe that many have noticed that "even during these challenging times", Unfortunately, that then creates a negative spin towards cooperation with others and leads us down the road of conflict in our relationships. We impose contracts or agreements to "force" others to do what they would not normally do. The cycle then continues on and on until we have a "me versus them" mentality of separation, which tends to undermine teamwork and the common good of all.
"As a third party that has just witnessed that someone gave and was kind to another and the other took advantage of them, what would be your opinion of the one that was giving and kind versus the one that took advantage of the other?
It is our reputation that means the most in the business world, and our actions speak much louder than our words!
So, ... we have a big gain in trust towards the one and a complete loss of trust towards the other.
Yes, you may have lost something in the process to the "taker" BUT you will have gained the respect and trust of others and THAT is the foundation needed to form most long term business relationships! So, in losing we gain ... and by unfairly gaining, we lose big!
In closing, many business deals are done with a handshake or someone's "word". Please allow me to stress that when you give your word ... hold it up high. As that is really all you have at the end of the day!!
Best wishes to all in your future endeavors!
Copyright © 2009 Edward G. Drennan
Many thanks to Livia & Corie for their helpful comments and encouragement on this and the other student postings!