I had a call today from someone I worked with a few months back. I hadn’t heard from them for ages. I knew it was them as their ID flashed up on my phone.
I answered the call by saying my name and saying “Good afternoon”.
They seemed a little put out that I hadn’t greeted them personally – had I perhaps even deleted them from my phone list? Fortunately we quickly glossed over this, and got down to catching up on our respective news, and discussing a potential business idea.
But it got me thinking, is there an accepted way to greet someone on the phone when you know it’s them? Do you say their name? Would you still be as informal if you hadn’t spoken to them for several months? Do you regularly clear out your contacts list?
I guess there is no right or wrong, but I’d be really interested to know what you do…
I just received an email directing me to some new comments on a blog I read some time ago. Among the issues raised was the above question. I recall how the question stopped me in my tracks and made me really think.
Some lead, some follow – the world has always been this way. But what are the leaders trying to achieve? As a self employed person even I have to balance the “doing” with the “pioneering”.
But to what end. When I am no more, what will be left? What impact will I have made? Will the world be a better place?
The burden of responsibility rests on us all. Philosophers have always maintained that every one of us has the power to make a difference. It is not good enough to look around and expect someone else to make the difference for us. I agree with this.
I was recently introduced to a remarkable book called “The Tipping Point”. Its premise is that big things often happen as the result of the smallest of things. It is rarely possible to know what that small thing is until afterwards.
Standing still and waiting for everyone else to do something is not helping.