In today’s highly polarized climate of political interaction and social discourse that is growing in intensity, so much negativity is being communicated from all sides that the idea of civility has crept more and more into the collective consciousness. “Can’t we just all get along?” is a common lament that pervades interpersonal and corporate environments alike. A large part of getting along is treating each other with respect and courtesy. But how do you do that when confronted with uncivil behavior by others?
This unique book explores the practical expression of civility through a series of personal stories that serve as outstanding real-life models for civil behavior in the face of conflict. These stories will encourage readers to take a closer look at their own lives while prompting acknowledgment of personal and inter-relationship issues and offer useful ideas about how to live more respectful and trusting lives. Individuals, as well as employers, government and religious leaders, teachers, conflict management and human rights consultants, police and military leaders, and countless others will benefit from the book’s insights and examples.
The stories presented within these pages provide topics of discussion that will lead to deeper sharing and support within organizations and between everyday people and bring to the reader authentic and hope-filled responses to a troubled society.