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Punctuality – In some countries, punctuality is not considered an essential element of professionalism but in the U.S. this is one of the most important components of a successful business. The U.S. believes time is money so being on time, shows your dedication to your job, business partners and clients. And respectively, indicates that you are capable of handling responsibilities. Let’s face it, who wants to work with a person, who doesn’t project a sense of commitment?
Cyber civility and social networking – we realize that over 300 million people are using Face Book and this number is growing. We really need to be aware about the posts we share, and always need to ask ourselves, “is this appropriate?” or “is it possible this post could hurt somebody’s feelings?” People should be able to exchange thoughts and ideas in a very civil manner, without being a target of abuse. Be sure to distinguish your personal profile from your business’ page.
5. Competition and conflict – Competition is an inevitable part of business. The way we handle competition and conflict reveals our true colors. While competition can leave a bad taste in your mouth, let’s try to look at its silver lining. Also, try replacing competition with collaboration. I collaborate with my competitors and as a result, we are able to refer clients and work to one another. Collaboration and “healthy” competition shows maturity and demonstrates that your passion trumps the need to win. No matter the case, conflict has to be handled with grace and dignity.