Some folks just don't get it.
Business is business is business.
Business is personal, too.
Anyone that doesn't think that business is personal should have a talk with
Scooter Libby. I'll bet he's taking 30 months in prison
Everyone I meet starts off in pretty much the same place with me. I'll give
you the benefit of the doubt until I have a reason to do otherwise. I'll give
you the same amount of rope as anyone else. It's completely up to you to decide
if you'll use it to lasso some of the opportunities that result from being part
of the network, or if you'll use it to hang yourself. My friend and mentor Mark
has a phrase he often shares with me. What it basically
amounts to is that you'll work long and hard to get into someone's circle of
acquaintances, business associates or friends. Why let a foolish, simple action
be the cause of you being out of that circle in a matter of seconds?
What it comes down to folks is...we done had a hangin'!
The federal sector is a small community and it never ceases to amaze me how
many folks I know and conversely, how many know me. Not bragging, just the fact
of the matter. I try to make sure I leverage all of that for the right reasons,
especially as it benefits the companies and individuals that participate in our
membership programs. It's paid off in dividend for three years now and I look
forward to continuing it for a long time to come.
Every once in a while, you just come across a person or group that just
doesn't get it. What I mean by not getting it is that they underestimate the
value of relationship, professionalism and common sense. The company which I'm
venting about, like all of those in The ASBC, came as a referral. As I often
tell prospects and other interested parties, we don't recruit members for The
ASBC, those that know us and believe in what we do and see a value in what we
do, provide plenty of candidates for our membership program.
I should have seen this one coming. This company had already been "dinged"
once for less than acceptable business behavior in the case of some other
members. We researched the issue that was brought to our attention and took
action to address it with the company. The result of trying to treat them like
adults and professionals is what prompted this entry.
Because we said "no" to their request to internally promote a new "company"
of theirs, which had little if any relevance to what The ASBC is all about or
what our members ask us to inform them of, they decided to take the
dishonest, underhanded, and
unprofessional approach by sending a spam message. What they
didn't count on is the ownership our members have in belonging to The ASBC. In a
nutshell, they hurt themselves and in the process lost a solid
business opportunity with one of our larger companies whom we had just referred
them to a few days prior to this act.
So the same pointless press release they wanted us to distribute to our
members, ended up as SPAM.
I already know of a few of our folks that will likely give them an earful.
Time to lie in the bed you made.
Vaya Con Dios.
- The CVO