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Professionalism, Integrity and Plain Ol' Good Behavior...

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Saturday, June 16, 2007
Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2008

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 very personally.

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 Amtower
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

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