7th August 2009 - Daily Mail
I WAS at a dinner party where the guests were American, Eastern European, Japanese and British. When an American regaled everyone with a story of a friend’s business success, the proud Pole matched this with a similar tale of a colleague’s achievements. The British and Japanese listened in silence.
Most British people abhor talking about their accomplishments and listening to others bragging.
In the U.S. and many parts of the world, a public event is arranged in the workplace to acclaim every success. This provides a boost for the whole team.
Praise breeds praise as success breeds success.
Let’s continue to be modest about our own achievements, but we should learn to herald other people’s.
MICHAEL C. FINA,