New Yorkers (and some beyond) have followed the career of former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. There's always something going on with Joe, and for the most part that's been a good thing. His "theft of services" conviction now hangs on what attorneys and the judge can hammer out as a result of a recent federal ruling.
Now you want to know Joe Bruno's "secret" - that's why you are reading this - two things: "Sincerity" and "Thank-You." In all of his relationships with other people, public or private, Joe Bruno was first and foremost SINCERE. His attention was on YOU when he spoke with you. He wasn't looking around, wasn't checking his cellphone... he was ON YOU. He listened when YOU spoke. And the engagement, whether a personal conversation or in corresponding by whatever means, always ended with a genuine Thank-You.
Now think for a moment. Recall the events of the last few days. Did you give folks you encountered along your way a look at the REAL you? Or did you just not bother. Did you thank or praise a co-worker? Or did you complain about that person behind his or her back? Just as Joe Bruno always sought out the good in others and worked that through interaction, I challenge YOU: as you go about your day, recognize others. Smile at the goofy little kid who is looking at you. Let the people cross the street who left the curb late -wave to them or nod or smile. Better idea: hit the library or google up that old book "Everything you need to know you learned in Kindergarten."