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