Today's LinkedIn Nugget

How to be neighborly in our culture of disrespect

I admit this blog post may sound nerdy/goofy/politicalMrrogers on my part.

It is, in fact, inspired by the thought-provoking new documentary film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” about the many gifts of Fred Rogers in his lifework as Mister Rodgers, and the overall lesson for all of us: young, in-between, and old(er).

The bottom line: I am dismayed how Washington’s present state of dysfunctional affairs has trickled down to everyday life. The daily activities and dialog in the capital is appalling, confrontational, mean. Very few hands extended across an aisle, no intentional change of mindset to lead to collaboration. Black and white, no shades of gray.

Political and moral dogma are all over our news, splitting families and friends. trickling into our conversations, then our daily interactions, and increasingly I see it enmeshed in our competitive business dealings.

What I see most: we don’t reply to emails rather than saying “no thank you.”

We ignore phone messages from people we know who need something, considering them as nuisances.

I am equally to blame. OK, there, I said it.

Friends, we need to re-learn some manners. Shake the dust off them.

I’ll go first.

  • If I dissed you, I send this blanket apology. It was not intentional.
  • If I don’t reply to an email or vmail, please remind me I failed you for the mere courtesy of a reply. I do try to follow up but sometimes I get stuck between the proverbial cracks.

I said I too was equally to blame.

Let’s all exhibit some respect and decency, even in uneasy times. Craft your LinkedIn profile to help you stand out from the lowest common denominator of the madding crowd. 

Be kind. Be fair. Be professional.

Be neighborly, more like Fred Rogers.