Cats Don't Need Manners, You Do.
Cats don’t need manners, you do. Occasionally when I leave the Skype page open on my laptop, she will use her ass to type out a poem to whomever I spoke to last. The Skype page has an icon for this obviously common occurrence: a tiny cat with the tail wagging.
Remember change just means different, not better not worse. So in this new world of Twitter (I signed up for a Twitter class at JVS.org), texting, emails, Skyping and video conferencing, manners still matter. When I attended the last TEC conference, I was late (as usual) and as I was racing across the parking lot, a conference attendee noticed me, held the door open (he was late too) until I arrived. Wow. I thanked him as I thank everyone who holds the door open for me (including car doors).
So your are not sold yet? I mentioned in a previous post how I had written a hand-written (real stamp) note to Steve Jobs complaining about my out-of-warranty iPod crashing when I downloaded the new operating system. Yes, Steve, had manners. He had his assistant call me to tell me that he had read my note and was sending me a replacement iPod even though mine was out-of-warranty. He did.
My money manager who is on the Forbes 400 list (yes he is a billionaire) sends out thousands of books as a gift to each of his customers at Christmas. I always send a hand-written thank you note. After I did this the first time, I got a call from his wife (she was instrumental in helping him build the company). He showed her the note. She called me and now she and I are friends.
Last example, I promise. When Meg Whitman was recently named CEO of Hewlett Packard, I sent her a hand-written note congratulating her on her appointment, telling her that I had just bought HP stock because they name her CEO and telling her that I thought she would do a great job. She sent me an email. Wow. I also sent a note to Newt Gingrich, I’m sure he read it and I don’t expect an answer (I think he lacks the moral fiber to run our country).
So this is what your mother should have told you. If you are a gentleman: hold the door open for women, walk on the street side of the sidewalk if you are with your wife or a date, shake hands when you are introduced to someone, get off you damn cell phone if it is your turn to place your order, don’t try to talk to people when you have pods in your ears and are listening to music, make eye contact when you talk to someone and don’t incessantly pull out your iPhone when you are having a conversation with someone, you just aren’t that important–no one is. Oh yes, the last one, please master your eating implements ( learn how to use a knife and fork) and keep your elbows off the table. This last one can cost you a job or even worse, a funding opportunity, if you are being interviewed over breakfast (breakfast at Buck’s in Woodside is very common in the VC world) or lunch.
Takeaway: Manners matter! There is still a place for hand-written thank you notes and at least maintaining the veneer of civilization–even AIs are polite, why not you?
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