I've had two experiences in the past 48 hrs that was surprising to watch other's responses. It was so striking that I thought it would make for good discussion here in the forums.
Two values that were emphasized as I was growing up was respect for others and courtesy. Yesterday I was in a meeting and one of my co-workers, who I have never met before the meeting and had an obvious injury (cast+crutches) was getting up to leave mid-meeting. I watched as they shuffled to the door, fully expecting someone closer to the door to at least open the door for them. When it became apparent no one was getting up to assist, I politely slid back from the table and walked half way across the room to clear a path and opened the door for them to exit. They whispered a thank you. As I turned back to face the room the cadence of the meeting certainly skipped a beat and got the general impression of “you interrupted the meeting”.
This morning at the conclusion of another meeting, I politely held the door open for everyone as they left the room, which included our skip manager and various members of her organization at all level. Someone made the comment “you can take the boy out of the south, but you can’t take the south out of the boy” - I responded indicating “simple courtesy and respect of others”
I believe this type of behavior says something about you personally and professionally - in both cases it is an indication that you respect and care for others - which I believe indirectly builds stronger relationships, and thus, better results.
Not necessarily a question for this forum, but certainly interesting.