. . . And treat them with kindness even when others aren't watching. But especially when they're watching, like, say, at trial, when you should always be on your best behavior when it comes to your staff, which includes the person helping you with the computers, as we're reminded in a weblog post by Monica Bay.
Of course, I should already know that the correct way to direct your computer-working assistant is by saying "next slide, please." The last time I had someone helping me with a Powerpoint presentation, she made this point to me explicitly after I was finished.
"'Please' would have been nice," she said.
Although I had thought my appreciation for my assistant's computer-working skills was already implied by my especially pleasing tone of voice, it turned out my tone wasn't as pleasing as I'd thought. "In fact, you sounded a little rushed," she said.
A lesson to remember. Treat your staff with kindness, even when others aren't watching . . . but especially when they are.