Deborah Norville, TV journalist and currently anchor of Inside Edition, is hitting the pavement to remind Americans that respect—yes, that’s right—is not an obsolete concept. Instead, it’s a crucial component of any successful career or rewarding relationship.
“None of us can predict” the hand that will be dealt to us career-wise, Norville told us this morning, which is precisely why “recognizing the efforts of others” and being known as a “nice person” can be a solid insurance policy—or even an overarching life philosophy.
She told us that employees who felt respected come up with 50% more creative ideas and that students at one school where respect was implemented got 35% higher math scores. Disrespect is the number one factor in divorces, she added.
The economic downturn has made it all the more necessary to respect others, according to Norville, since employers have “to get more out of remaining workers.” Respect is an easy and free way to boost morale.
If you’re applying for a job, we imagine that respect may be useful as well: it sends an instant message of professionalism, and makes you non-threatening to the recruiter or interviewer.
There’s a blurb on the back of her new book, The Power of Respect, that sums it all up. “I recommend this book to anyone who wants to do anything with anyone else,” Richard Parsons, Chairman of Citigroup, wrote.
So if you are someone who wants to do something with someone, at some point in your life, maybe respect is worth learning more about. My own introduction to the idea of respect came at a young age, watching The Godfather trilogy: “But you don’t ask with respect. You don’t offer friendship. You don’t even think to call me ‘Godfather.’” It seems obvious that if you want something, respect may boost your chances of getting it.