Saturday, August 21, 2010
It's Business, Not Personal:Thoughts of an Entrepreneurial R.E.B.E.L. Volume 13
One of the hardest skills to develop while participating in the sport of the business is that of people skills. Namely, the skill of keeping correct perspective while interacting with people that do things that you don't agree with. Correct perspective allows you to understand why people do what they do and view it through a dispassionate eye. At the end of the day, an entrepreneur must develop a thick skin that permits them to keep balance when dealing with people conflicts. This skill only comes through experience, but gathering information on human behavior can prepare one for the situations they will face. Having the information beforehand assists an entrepreneur in recognizing behaviors that are exhibited and can take a little of the guesswork out of the equation (which can be super frustrating). Most people act in their own self interest not because they are sinister, but because its human nature. The trick is to work with people in spite of this and not to burn bridges every time an offense is made. Easier said than done, but a very important aspect to master in order to be a complete and successful business person.