Warner Norcross Selects Choosing Civility for One Book, One Firm

Choosing CivilityWarner Norcross & Judd LLP has selected Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni as the 2017 choice for its One Book, One Firm series.

The One Book, One Firm program explores diversity and inclusion issues during a summer lunch-and-learn program. Diversity Partner Rodney Martin launched the annual event in 2008 to model the success of community reading programs that encourage all residents of a city to read and discuss the same book.

Choosing Civility confronts society’s noticeable lack of respectful behavior by detailing 25 “rules” that Forni finds essential for restoring civility. His commonsense list, delivered in clear and often clever language, touches on a number of topics, including: Respect the opinions of others; Refrain from idle complaints; Care for your guests; Accept and give praise.

“Recent research shows that 70 percent of American’s believe incivility has reached crisis levels. Yet civility is a fundamental requirement of an inclusive society and an inclusive organization,” Martin said. “Forni’s guidebook provides practical, real-life advice to improve interpersonal relationships and makes for an enjoyable read. The rules he suggests should make for some thought-provoking discussion.”Forni is an award-winning professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he has taught for the past 20 years. In 1997, he co-founded the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, which explores the “significance of civility, manners and politeness in contemporary society.” In his lectures, he frequently talks about the rewards of fostering a culture or civility in today’s workplace.

Previous selections for One Book, One Firm have included: The Arrival, by Shaun Tan, Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange History of Integration of America, by Tanner Colby; Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, by Bich Minh Nguyen; and The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work”by Sally Helgesen and Julie Johnson.