It must be my advancing years that makes me especially cranky when people or organisations let me down. Like when they make promises or agreements that they don’t keep – and then shrug it off as if it was par for the course. Or they come up with all sorts of excuses that they feel entitles them to move the goal posts.
What has happened to values and good manners? Or keeping one’s word; honouring commitments? Or simply doing the right thing?
On a personal level, positivity and good humour are two qualities that I believe I have in spades – no matter what is thrown at mine. If I give my word or assurance on something, then I’ll bust a gut to make it happen. I don’t need a written agreement – my word is my bond. The spirit of the agreement is paramount. Most of my friends and colleagues are the same. Having said that, sometimes “things happen” that are totally beyond one’s control. When that happens, you just have to deal with it honestly and with good will. Decent people respect that.
But unfortunately, there are some out there that purposely “duck and dive” and play games. They don’t do what they say they will – unless of course it suits them to do so. And when you call them out, the excuses / justifications start flowing. And if they are doing it to me, then they sure as hell are doing it to others. It seems like it is an art form to them.
I reckon it is getting very close to name and shame time. Life is too short for this sort of nonsense.
What do you think?
Ned O’Meara – 7th March 2017