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No Time for Games in Business

It’s the top of the year, but moving forward, you must be real with yourself. Being in business is competitive enough, but don’t let anyone play in your face. While this sounds like street-smart advice from an old friend, keeping this in mind helps you stand on business.


Maintaining control over your professional interactions is important. That means steering clear from the dream vampires (you know, the people that only call when they want free advice, services, or are interested in what you’re doing so they can one up you). You must recognize and protect yourself to prevent people from deceiving, manipulating, or disrespecting you. Establishing clear boundaries isn’t just for your personal life; it’s a strategic element necessary in your business for long-term success.


In other words, “don’t let anyone play in your face.” People may not take you seriously or may want to undermine you, and there are colleagues or competitors who may dismiss your ideas, clients who undervalue your services, or business partners that don’t uphold their agreements.


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Recognizing the Signs

Look for the smooth talkers – these people smile and promise the moon but when crunch time comes, they aren’t anywhere to be found. Here are a few signs:

  • Sketchy vibes


  • Pressure pushers


Drawing the Line

If you have a suspicion that someone is trying to play you, lay down the law and keep it real.

  • Be clear

  • Stand your ground

  • Get it in writing

  • Be assertive with your communication

  • Know your value


When Lines Get Crossed

There are times when even the strongest of boundaries get stepped on. Here’s how to handle it:

  • Address it right away

  • Keep calm and carry on

  • Reevaluate the Relationship


Creating Respectful Interactions

To ensure everyone is on the same page:

  • Lead by example

  • Choose your clients and business partners wisely

  • Educate your team


Remember, don’t let anyone play in your face. There are no games in business. Keep things in check by setting boundaries, sticking to them, and ensuring others do the same. By setting firm boundaries and demanding professional treatment, you protect your personal integrity and the reputation and viability of your business. Don’t let anyone undermine your success and insist on mutual respect and professionalism.

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