Thursday, April 20, 2006

CEOs say how you treat a waiter can predict a lot about character (USA Today)
How others treat the waiter is like a magical window into the soul... Beware of anyone who pulls out the power card to say something like, "I could buy this place and fire you," or "I know the owner and I could have you fired." Those who say such things have revealed more about their character than about their wealth and power.
And of course, it's true. The same thing can be said of dating. When you're out on a date with a man, even if he treats you like a princess, if he treats the wait staff like crap, he's not a keeper.

As Bill Swanson, the CEO of Raytheon, says, "A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, or to others, is not a nice person." (Swanson's unwritten rule no. 32)

Incidentally, Swanson's Unwritten Rules for Management number 33 in all and include such gems such as "Work for a boss to whom you can tell it like it is. Remember, you can't pick your family, but you can pick your boss" (No. 6) and "Have fun at what you do. It will be reflected in your work. No one likes a grump except another grump!" (No. 25). Swanson has compiled these rules into a neat little booklet and you will be sent to you free of charge. Just go to his web site and request for a couple to be sent to you. I put in my request for earlier today.

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