Can you trust your business partners ?
In these very warm days of June (we’re not used to them here at 721 meters above sea level) things tend to slow down a bit and I have slipped into a contemplative mood triggered by events ( … )
So this isn’t my usual search engine / SEO post (I do have a few juicy things in the pipeline), rather considerations on business in general and business partners.
Business partners are a business model we are all forced to follow. Verticalization and specialization force businesses to outsource non strategic activities and choose the best business partner – but who is the best business partner.
Here are a few things I am on the outlook for when I meet someone:
- A person with a firm and tight grip are the ones I’m looking for. Ever feel like they were putting a cold dead fish in your hand to shake ? I don’t trust them.
- Some people don’t look you in the eyes – that’s the worst signal a person can give me. Eyes are the gateway to anyones heart and soul – if you don’t look me in the eyes you’re concealing something.
Some people have an artificial look about them – a sort of plastic smile they turn on and off depending on the tone and topic of the conversation. An expression I’d like to wipe off their face with a vibrant smack.
Now I know this is all coded by the experts and tells you a lot about the way I do business and feel about doing business with others.
I know when somethings wrong with with a person (i.e. I shouldn’t do business with them), nonetheless I don’t listen to my instinct and sooner or later it catches up with me …
What about you ?
Which signals do you look for when you meet someone for the very first time ?
Would you like to add more factors to enrich my list ?