Have you ever found yourself in a fix, wishing you’d never let some nightmare situation into your life? This could be a client, a project, a partner, or any number of people and things.
Yes. We all have. What were we thinking?
Often, we weren’t. Could be that was the problem.
Maybe we were all too happy to have the company, the connection, the new business, the flattery, the money.
In any case the results can be disastrous, and may end up costing us instead of enriching us, when we welcome in folks who are not a good fit with our values.
In the worst cases, they may have been wretched complainers or cheats, and in mild cases, subpar workers or just philosophically misaligned. Either way, it’s a drag.
More important to ask, now, is how do we bypass this mess from here on out?
The answer… Develop your “Articles of Appreciation™.”
What would you consider to be the primary deal breakers and deal makers for entering an agreement with you?
Which concepts and values are so core that they would serve as early predictors to the success or failure of moving forward in partnership?
As a new hire, when you start working at an organization, it’s not uncommon to be given an employee handbook as part of your onboarding. Somewhere within this tome you will likely find a section describing the code of conduct.
When written with feeling and intention, these rules serve to transmit the company’s culture and core tenets to its members after they’ve been hired — and before, as candidates going through the screening process.
These guiding principles will attract the right talent as well as repel those who would poorly click. In this respect, they function as a reliable filter.
Sure, there are your basic qualifiers: professional history and skill set. But to take it further, also integrate behavioral attributes and strength of character.
What would you consider to be the primary deal breakers and deal makers for entering an agreement with you? Which concepts and values are so core that they would serve as early predictors to the success or failure of moving forward in partnership?
It will be different for each of us. As such, it is important to get it all out of our heads and onto paper. To formalize it and make it central to our processes, rather than keep it arbitrary and mysterious.
ACTION: Meditate on this deeply. Come up with no more than 10 key areas, actions or attitudes, that you hold dear to the well-being of your company. And then, exercise the discipline to collaborate or cut accordingly.
Here is an example of my own design:
The Art of Hustle® “Articles of Appreciation™.”
Draft your original version too, so that you can finally bid farewell to the lemons and say hello to more legit rockstar prospects and partners!
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