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Etiquette at Work

Sincerity helps build collegial relationships

I’m hearing a lot about sincerity these days. People seem to toss the word around easily, but they may forget that it applies to them just as much as it applies to other people.

On Wednesday, I heard Representative Paul Ryan, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, speaking on the “Morning Joe” program on MSNBC. Commenting on President Obama’s recent get-togethers with Republican congressmen and senators, Ryan questioned Obama’s sincerity. “Was the so-called charm offensive a temporary poll-driven political calculation,” Ryan asked, “or a sincere effort to try and bring people together?”

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