Drop Your Ego, Lose Your Pride and Open Your Arms
John speaks of about collegiality. James gives a specific example. I really am happy to read/hear this. All to often ego and pride come into play which does not edify our profession. Working with Scott, I have seen this happen in the .Net community.
So, how do we demand/command respect from our peers, management, developers, BAs, etc. and grow this field? We gain this by acting in a professional manner as well as giving testers respect even if it's unearned, regardless if they are a high profile name or newbie interested in breaking into the field.
And, like John, I'll put action to my words- if anyone has a questions on where to start or anything testing related, you can reach me- geogratis at gmail dot com.