Leaders, Partners & SociopathsI have been blessed with the most incredible clients for the past 11 years but not everyone can be so fortunate. I have only “discharged” one during all my years of service for unethical requests. Sure the cash was great, but I refused to sacrifice my morals and professionalism for money.
When you choose to become an entrepreneur or partners to build a startup company, it is important to be able to recognize your ideal client or team mate. If you clash, if something does not feel “right” or the individual has a checkered past/personality, then walk away. The price you could pay is not worth any financial gain.
Due diligence is something to be practiced not merely thought of. Investigate, learn, have discussions and if it is a person from your past knocking with opportunities, then review the history. If you didn’t maintain a positive and productive relationship then, it won’t happen now. If they didn’t have a good track record, didn’t produce results, was ego-centric and only ME oriented, expect the same.
A recent client, who shall be called Mr. Bio, represents this scenario and it turned ugly. The two men had been friends many years ago as well as business colleagues. Was it all positive productive collaboration?
No, but when presented with an opportunity to build a new startup company, the dreams and passions of Mr. Bio’s industry came back to light. For two years Mr. Bio worked on building the company, however; his endeavors were not met with a team player, but more of an egomaniac sociopath. As an observer, I was horrified by some of the actions, requests and discussions that ensued. There was no professionalism, morality or recognition of work and efforts. As time went on, the relationship soured while the manipulation and accusations continued. At times, I stood back, with my chin hanging it total disbelief.
Honestly, I never seen anything like this, nor do I want to personally experience this toxicity again.
- Partnerships of every kind require maintenance, honesty and respect.
- Use your intuition when considering business propositions.
- If the history doesn’t represent integrity, then don’t get involved.
- See past your dreams and look to reality to know if it is going to work.
- Lessons are important, pay attention.
- Communicate clearly and with transparency.
- If they are phobic about being recorded, ask yourself what they are hiding.
- Know who you are going into business with.
- Get it in writing.
- Establish roles & responsibilities
- Money can have a high price.
- Be your own best friend and invest in yourself.
- Build trusting relationships.
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