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Rules of Common Courtesy

When I was young man, others told me my parents were pretty strict.  I didn’t think my parents were strict at all. It’s just the way we were raised.  There were some pretty basic rules I remember following when it came to courtesy.  Some call them common courtesy.  But, I’m starting to think it’s not as common as you might think.  So, today I’m going to give you a few rules of common courtesy. They will not be in any specific order.  Please apply to your work and home life. Hope you enjoy.

Derek’s Rules of Common Courtesy

  1. Hold the door for people
  2. Say thank you when someone holds the door for you
  3. If someone says hello, say hello back
  4. Listen, don’t wait to talk
  5. If you must interrupt someone, say excuse me
  6. If someone sneezes, say bless you, gesundheit, or something similar
  7. Say goodbye to your boss and colleagues before you leave for the day
  8. If someone sends you an invitation, either confirm it or deny it.  Don’t not respond
  9. Don’t take credit for work others have done
  10. Look people in the eye when they are talking to you
  11. Say please
  12. Say thank you (hand written thank you’s are a big bonus when appropriate)
  13. Don’t talk on you mobile phone while in a checkout line
  14. Turn off your mobile phone while at the theater or restaurant
  15. When in traffic and you come to a yield sign…yield
  16. When in traffic and you come to a N-way stop…stop
  17. Arrive at appointments or meetings on time
  18. If you say you’re going to do something, do it
  19. If you drink the last of the coffee, please make another pot
  20. If you use the last of the toilet paper, please replace the roll (at least tell someone)

I would love to hear if you have a rule to add to the list.

Regards,

Derek

About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of Enterprise Engagements at LeadingAgile. I'm super focused on results. But I also take the hand waving out of organizational transformations. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

9 Responses to “Rules of Common Courtesy”

  1. May 22, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I’m with you Derek. People tend to mention the term ‘change management’ in different contexts, while in my mind, adhering to the above list is the REAL change management.
    .-= Shim Marom´s last blog ..Project Management and the Second Law of Thermodynamics =-.

  2. May 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I’m with you Derek. People tend to mention the term ‘change management’ in different contexts, while in my mind, adhering to the above list is the REAL change management.
    .-= Shim Marom´s last blog ..Project Management and the Second Law of Thermodynamics =-.

  3. June 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Can “don’t be a nozzle” be a rule? 🙂
    BTW: Breaking Rule #17 has been known to turn me into Mr. Hyde.

    • Derek Huether
      June 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm

      #18 is my number #1. To me, it’s the same as Mean what you say; Say what you mean.

  4. June 5, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Can “don’t be a nozzle” be a rule? 🙂
    BTW: Breaking Rule #17 has been known to turn me into Mr. Hyde.

    • Derek Huether
      June 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      #18 is my number #1. To me, it’s the same as Mean what you say; Say what you mean.

  5. Teresa Napier
    June 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I am a stickler for punctuality but my husabd sdays when an invitation says “7pm for 7.30pm” when being invited to dinner, that you can arrive at anytime between those two times.  I feel I should arrive at 7 pm to be READY for diningt at 7.30.  Please clarify.

    Teresa

  6. October 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Before eating or drinking the last of something, please let others know just in case it should be shared.

  7. October 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    When eating or drinking the last of something, please throw away the container. It is very disappointing to pick up the carton of orange juice and pour only to be let down by a “never beginning” stream.

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