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Civility Rules! Creating A Purposeful Practice Of Civility Hardcover – November 17, 2020
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From the Back Cover
“Civility Rules! is a must-read for leaders in any field. The timeless principles will inspire anyone who wants to be the best version of themselves. Scarbrough shares the core ideals of civility and shows how we can gracefully manage even the toughest relationships. The lessons and concepts presented provide clarity into the essential qualities of effective communicators. It’s a refreshing and timely read!”
CINDY L. BOYD, CEO, Sentigy, Inc.
“A fresh take on the crisis facing our nation. Civility Rules! provides the map and compass to a better place.”
ROY A. MARSH, CEO, eSigns.com
“The lessons and concepts outlined in Civility Rules! provide a valuable blueprint for connecting with others and making this world a better place, one step at a time. With her encouragement to take personal responsibility for positive interactions, Shelby Scarbrough succeeds in making a winning case for the power of compassion, understanding, and empathy to improve our lives and our communities.”
ROBERT “BOB” DOLD, business owner and former U.S. congressman
About the Author
Shelby’s experiences in both public service and the private sector have given her a unique insight into the practices that lead to positive relationships and productive communication between individuals, countries, and societies. Shelby resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a speaker, entrepreneur, and writer.
- Publisher : ForbesBooks (November 17, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 168 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1950863409
- ISBN-13 : 978-1950863402
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 0.75 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #236,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this call of a return to civility, she states that one of the initial steps in living a civil life is a discovery or a rediscovery of our common humanity. She continues by saying that we should demonstrate sincere compassion, understanding, humility and forgiveness to one another.
She also presents a dose of reality indicating that in each of us, because of our humanness, we have our moments of failing. She encourages the reader that rather than complaining about the lack of civility in others we should look within ourselves and "clean our own house."
She also encourages the reader not to give into finger-pointing. It reminds me of the old adage that when you point a finger at someone else there are three fingers pointing back at you.
As the refreshing book opens its narrative, she draws on a poem entitled "The World We Make" by Alfred Grant Walton. It is a powerful and thought-provoking verse with one of the lines stating, "We make our world by the life we lead."
The first chapter talks about a booklet that was penned by George Washington. In this booklet are a number of actions and mannerisms that should be engaged in that promotes civility when we interact with one another. Some of those practical but powerful reminders of our socializing with others and demonstrating temperate interactions include the statement of whispering not in the company of others, when you are dining don't scratch or spit or cough or blow your nose, and not to talk with meat in your mouth.
It seems like these are basic concepts that are not only shared by George Washington, the father of our country, but we can hear a little bit of our parent's voices when we were children.
Other chapters that are expounded upon include the power of civility, being courteous, humility, empathy, trusting, etc.
Civility Rules by Shelby Joy Scarbrough is a clarion call and reminder of being civil to one another. The concepts shared are basic and brimming with common sense. However, the author has gifted us with a great reminder about returning to our roots and being a more gentle people. Hopefully this gentleness will spill over into our interaction with others.
The world is stressed now, on every level – in health, politics, public demonstrations, crime, and isolation. What better time for a book of the stature and importance as Shelby’s CIVILITY RULES! than this? In her opening comments she states, ‘One of the first steps to living civilly is discovering our common humanity. That means showing real compassion, understanding, humility, and forgiveness. Knowing that none of us is perfect is a good start; we all have room for improvement.’ Her mission – restore civility to our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, regions, and countries and even to our world.
With a sensitive, open manner of communicating her thoughts, Shelby states, ‘We must acknowledge that each of our journeys starts with the word I. As in, I can be kinder. I can be more patient, more understanding, less demanding or judgmental. I can set an example of living a life with the humility required to live by example, without imposing it on others…With practice, patience, and prioritization, we can make positive change, one interaction at a time…The day we start taking personal responsibility for our own lives, we’re ready to become positive contributors to society.’
Placing her thoughts on the importance of civility in the context of history make this book even stronger. Describing our current degree of disconnection from each other and the community of humanity as our technology ‘advances,’ providing personal communication and teaching and business life via the internet instead of one on one contact, is an ‘Aha’ moment in appreciating the value of Shelby’s advice. ‘In the workforce of the future, we will need people who know how to mediate conflict. Until robots are fully sentient, leaders who are positive and solution oriented, who can forge solid human bonds, and who can reinvigorate or reinvent traditional relationships will be in high demand.’
This is a valuable and most necessary book of advice on how to find harmony – and joy! – by practicing civility. A book for all of us, top down and bottom up. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 20