Why you should Care.
I was having a good conversation at the ACA this year with a couple of friends when a person I had never met walked up. I introduced myself, offered the customary handshake and, yet, got the following response: “Why should I care?”
Ah, nothing like sticking your neck out there only to find you’ve come across someone who is completely inconsiderate. So to answer your question:
1) “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
You should treat others with respect, regardless of whether or not you know them. I am sure you have heard this phrase before, but unfortunately not everyone seems to get it – so let me break it down:
a) You should suck up because this new acquaintance will…
- write your recommendation letter
- set up a collaboration
- review your grant.
- be interviewing you for your next job, according to Murphy’s law
- guess who is going to save the day when you have problems collecting data on the weekend, probably a post doc.
- administrators can make your life wonderful or hell. Yelling at the person who determines this is stupid
- if you need a gram of pure protein, you are going to want
productivehappy technicians and graduate students
- if you want the best people to work for you then you need to create the best working environment
- you never know who is going to be successful and play a role in determining your future
- make friends on your way up because you will need them on the way down
2) It doesn’t really matter what you say about yourself, it matters what people say about you. This is the reason why many jobs require a letter of recommendation. Of course, you can’t control what others say (unless you are into waterboarding) so make sure they only have good things to say about you.
3) You’re not only representing yourself, but also your university or company.
4) For those that don’t care may your burned bridges light the way to your future.