Day 943. An example of a negative way and a positive way to start the day.

October 31, 2013

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 943.  Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Yesterday my boss sent me an email.

Boss:  “I need you to do the following now.”

I read the email and dug my heels in deep. No! I thought to myself.  I will not do that task NOW!”

I emailed my reply.

Smiling Daffodil:  ”I’ll do it in a few minutes.  I need to finish the ABC task.”

Boss:  ”Sure.”

And that set the tone not only for the morning but the entire day.

This morning my boss walked in to my office.  I looked at my boss and wondered if we were going to argue about something.

Boss:  ”Hi Smiling Daffodil, I bought two types of chocolate for us to snack on.”

Smiling Daffodil:  ”I predict the chocolate will last no longer than a week.”

My boss laughed.

The day was just as productive as yesterday. But the one key difference— my boss and I began the day in a friendly manner.

The Dale Carnegie principle demonstrated in this story is from How to Win Friends and Influence People:
Principle 13.  Begin in a friendly way.

The lesson in this story:   This story is not about catering to a person by presenting chocolates.  It’s about being considerate of another person, not demanding or barking orders, but rather—treating the person with respect.  Starting the day off on a positive note rather than creating needless tension or frustration.

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles By The Smiling Daffodil

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