How do you know if you are old? It used to be by the shoes you wore. The older you get the more comfortable the shoe.
Now being old or old fashioned in business seems to be following a set of basic rules that used to be taught in a 101 kind of format.
The golden rule spells it out more clearly: do to others as you would have done to you. Or, treat others the way you want to be treated.
I write this more out of frustration and sadness then trying to be helpful because I can barely believe that I am writing this. But, here we go.
1. Follow up.
While avoiding conflict seems to be a national past time, even when your answer is no thank you, let the other person know that you are or are not interested in what they have contacted you about.
Show me the money seems to be the only thing people are listening for. If there is no obvious or immediate profit or monetary benefit the door seems to slam shut very quickly. But here's the thing, ALL business can only thrive by building relationships and that takes time, trust, and listening. Don't close the door on what you can't get now and miss what may be a golden opportunity later.
3. Respect others time and costs and invest in what is valuable.
Yes, money is tight for most of us. But that doesn't mean we still shouldn't pay for what others can do for us. Kindness and wanting to be helpful isn't code for doormat or stooge. One of the reasons our economy is so bad is our willingness to invest our time and money in the meaningless and not in the meaningful - like paying for violent movies and video games but expecting business advice and skills and positive media for free.
I'd like to say these are obvious, but it is not just me that has found this to not be so. It is not just the young, but all ages that seem to seek only what they can get first and not look at the long term picture.
Ghandi said be the change you want to see. It can be done, it just gets hard and feels a bit tiring at times. Hence, sometimes we need to just vent for a bit - like in a monday morning marketing blog!
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I'm inviting you to join me on my journey as I seek to find a new way of being in an old set of systems. It's hard, but worth it!