Do you watch the BBC show – The Apprentice? I do and I’m a big fan. Every week I am fascinated by how the project managers try and do the task, manage the team, don’t listen and break every rule in the book!
But I’ve started to notice something else in this series, it’s probably always been there but maybe I’m just more aware, now I run my own business. The thing is, everybody seems to be nasty and especially nasty when it comes to how you treat people and getting sales.
Every week, the Apprentice makes me think, ‘can’t you be nice in business?'
When I definitely know you can.
I know that if I was nasty in business, I would not get many clients and any that I did, certainly wouldn’t be around for long!
What's the alternative to being ‘nasty’? Is it being ‘nice’?
‘Nice’ people are often thought of being people pleasers who don’t like confrontation and can be treated as doormats.
You don’t have to be ruthless and you don’t have to be a doormat. I think there is another way and that is to be kind in business.
I also realise that my best, most happy, most successful and long-term relationships are ones where I am kind but not necessarily nice.
Do you think being nasty in business works? Or that being kind is a better option?
Let me know….