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  string(5973) "When I sat down to write this blog I reflected on the past 25 years I have lived in Australia and asked myself the question, “what can I share with you from that time that will give you food for thought?”.

I would like to offer some advice that I’ve found has enhanced and enriched my life.

What advice? It’s simple really, remember Old Fashioned, Good Manners, are everything.

I’m sure you have heard the saying “you can’t put an old head on young shoulders” and I believe it’s so true. Everyone needs to live their own life full of experiences, both good and not so good! Hopefully, less of the latter but through those experiences you learn life lessons that can’t be taken from a book or by being told the answer.

As older heads, leaders and parents, our role is to offer counsel, guidance, encouragement and learning opportunities along the way to compliment these experiences and, very importantly, to keep on learning ourselves.

But, always remember, simple good manners are at the core of everything you do and what you are remembered for.

At the start of my life in Australia 25 years ago, I was a back packer. My temp agencies not only kept me in work but also opened up opportunities to meet people from all walks of life through a variety of jobs in different companies.

Personally, I have had a wonderful journey, full of good and not so good experiences. The not so good have been painful or downright embarrassing!! However the biggest learning opportunities and life opportunities to grow as a person usually came from the not so good experiences.

Again, I found good manners came back to me tenfold. I’m not perfect, I did not always display them, but when I did not, it hurt, but at least I walked away learning an important life lesson.

In the 80’s and early 90’s I worked as a temp in various roles – on reception, as a secretary, a PA. It became evident to me early on that many people were willing to mentor and invest time in my professional and personal development even when they had no obligation to do so. After all, I was only the temp!

They invested time in me anyway and as a result I’ve noticed that my life has been truly enriched by people’s generosity of spirit, their faith in me and the opportunities they provided for personal and professional development along the way.

So where is this heading I hear you say! As a leader at Cox Purtell today, I still evidence through our clients and my own team, people’s capacity to give back to others. Frequently, I see people investing in people.

They offer wonderful opportunities for our temporary and permanent candidates often, once again, when they have no obligation to do so.

But why does this happen? Firstly, I believe it happens because a true leader/mentor will always invest time in the whole person – both the personal and professional sides.

Secondly, the recipient of this investment is probably someone who is already taking accountability for their actions/behaviour, who maybe, without really understanding, is growing their Personal Brand through these actions and most of all is probably displaying simple Good Manners!

Your Personal Brand is what you leave behind with people, how they remember you, how they see you as a person.

Whatever your role in life is, Office Junior to CEO, people assess you on your qualities as a person – not the job you hold. Therefore, take very good care of your personal brand.

Remember these simple things
  • Good old fashioned manners count (a lot!).
  • Be respectful of other people.
  • Be true to your word.
  • If you stuff up, acknowledge it, apologise where needed and learn from it and move on.
  • If you make a commitment to someone, like taking on an assignment/ job, or attending a function or event and you change your mind, for whatever reason, always pick up the phone and let the person know you have changed your mind. Never use email, text or social media to break a commitment. Picking up the phone is often the harder thing to do but it is the right thing to do and you’ll gain respect for it.
  • Be self aware. Know your strengths, but more importantly know your weaknesses and seek out people who can help you develop those areas.
Always strive to be a better person and be honest in you dealings. Even when it is hard, do the right thing by people always, remember your last interaction big or small is likely how you will be remembered. I believe the most important thing of all is to share the journey and to try and surround oneself with positive and inspiring people. Look after people less fortunate than yourself, and remember, you are the only person that can look after and nurture your personal brand. Protect it well, it stays with you all your life and at its core is just old fashioned Good Manners; the rest builds as you grow.   Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide" ["post_title"]=> string(21) "Remember Good Manners" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(141) "Protect your personal brand, it stays with you all your life and at its core is just old fashioned Good Manners; the rest builds as you grow." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(21) "remember-good-manners" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(66) " http://www.coxpurtell.com.au/blog/people-do-business-with-people/" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-07-24 16:27:57" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-24 06:27:57" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(40) "http://118.127.43.121/~coxpurtell/?p=471" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" }

When I sat down to write this blog I reflected on the past 25 years I have lived in Australia and asked myself the question, “what can I share with you from that time that will give you food for thought?”.

I would like to offer some advice that I’ve found has enhanced and enriched my life.

What advice? It’s simple really, remember Old Fashioned, Good Manners, are everything.

I’m sure you have heard the saying “you can’t put an old head on young shoulders” and I believe it’s so true. Everyone needs to live their own life full of experiences, both good and not so good! Hopefully, less of the latter but through those experiences you learn life lessons that can’t be taken from a book or by being told the answer.

As older heads, leaders and parents, our role is to offer counsel, guidance, encouragement and learning opportunities along the way to compliment these experiences and, very importantly, to keep on learning ourselves.

But, always remember, simple good manners are at the core of everything you do and what you are remembered for.

At the start of my life in Australia 25 years ago, I was a back packer. My temp agencies not only kept me in work but also opened up opportunities to meet people from all walks of life through a variety of jobs in different companies.

Personally, I have had a wonderful journey, full of good and not so good experiences. The not so good have been painful or downright embarrassing!! However the biggest learning opportunities and life opportunities to grow as a person usually came from the not so good experiences.

Again, I found good manners came back to me tenfold. I’m not perfect, I did not always display them, but when I did not, it hurt, but at least I walked away learning an important life lesson.

In the 80’s and early 90’s I worked as a temp in various roles – on reception, as a secretary, a PA. It became evident to me early on that many people were willing to mentor and invest time in my professional and personal development even when they had no obligation to do so. After all, I was only the temp!

They invested time in me anyway and as a result I’ve noticed that my life has been truly enriched by people’s generosity of spirit, their faith in me and the opportunities they provided for personal and professional development along the way.

So where is this heading I hear you say! As a leader at Cox Purtell today, I still evidence through our clients and my own team, people’s capacity to give back to others. Frequently, I see people investing in people.

They offer wonderful opportunities for our temporary and permanent candidates often, once again, when they have no obligation to do so.

But why does this happen? Firstly, I believe it happens because a true leader/mentor will always invest time in the whole person – both the personal and professional sides.

Secondly, the recipient of this investment is probably someone who is already taking accountability for their actions/behaviour, who maybe, without really understanding, is growing their Personal Brand through these actions and most of all is probably displaying simple Good Manners!

Your Personal Brand is what you leave behind with people, how they remember you, how they see you as a person.

Whatever your role in life is, Office Junior to CEO, people assess you on your qualities as a person – not the job you hold. Therefore, take very good care of your personal brand.

Remember these simple things

  • Good old fashioned manners count (a lot!).
  • Be respectful of other people.
  • Be true to your word.
  • If you stuff up, acknowledge it, apologise where needed and learn from it and move on.
  • If you make a commitment to someone, like taking on an assignment/ job, or attending a function or event and you change your mind, for whatever reason, always pick up the phone and let the person know you have changed your mind. Never use email, text or social media to break a commitment. Picking up the phone is often the harder thing to do but it is the right thing to do and you’ll gain respect for it.
  • Be self aware. Know your strengths, but more importantly know your weaknesses and seek out people who can help you develop those areas.

Always strive to be a better person and be honest in you dealings. Even when it is hard, do the right thing by people always, remember your last interaction big or small is likely how you will be remembered.

I believe the most important thing of all is to share the journey and to try and surround oneself with positive and inspiring people. Look after people less fortunate than yourself, and remember, you are the only person that can look after and nurture your personal brand.

Protect it well, it stays with you all your life and at its core is just old fashioned Good Manners; the rest builds as you grow.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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