This is a short six letter word, but its definition has meaning to many of us. We all hope and want to make a difference in the lives of those we interact with. We work to positively impact others in our time.
Jack Vaughn (1937-2014) certainly left his mark and a legacy in truly dramatic ways. One of the best tributes that could be offered about Jack would be to recognize the fact that he built his reputation and influenced others in ways that were seldom self serving.
Jack was a private person and that was evident by his quietly blending into the background in the 15 years since he left Opryland.
A personal friend and professional associate, David Brudney of California, wrote a wonderful recollection of the personal side of Jack that he knew in their Westin days. I enjoyed learning some things I did not know about his background prior to the 18 years Jack and I overlapped in Tennessee.
A primary observation for me was that Jack was an exceptional hotelier and caring individual. He inspired an army of other professionals through his commitment to continuous learning and certification.
With the invention of email, the world of convenience has moved to a new level. The cost involved with many types of mailings has also decreased and, in general, our ability to save time and speed-up decision making all has led to a more effective work environment. While emails have dramatically reduced the proverbial game of “telephone tag”, emails now have replaced some of the personal contacts associated with the call or an individual visit.
There are many different opinions that surround what is considered to be proper e-mail etiquette; however, there are certain basic pointers that can be given to enhance its’ effectiveness. The following suggestions fall under that category.