Do you remember when you were a kid and you’d hustle outside in the summer to play with all of your childhood buddies? Everyone’s experience was a bit different, but one thing that stuck out to me was spending all day making trails in the load of top soil near our house, and then rolling golf balls down these paths we made. Things got dicey when my trail would cross Russell’s. But, because we had a great relationship, we could always work it out.
Now, we’re all grown up and playing in a bigger pile of dirt—but the same rules still apply. If you look around you, you’ll find that successful people are typically those who are friendly and approachable. Nobody likes working with a bully or a recluse. When it comes time in your business to pay for a service or hire outside help, you look to those around you and think about who you can truly trust and rely on.
People generally do business with people they like, simply because they know they can trust them. But that trust has to be genuine. There are a few people out there that think they are above the pack and can just act the part to get the job done. They are called FRIENDORS. Definition: a person that acts like a friend, but only wants to be your vendor. These are the kind of people that when your golf ball tunnel bumps into theirs, yours gets pummeled.
A few things to think about:
1. Get to know your vendors and suppliers – Are they friends, vendors or friendors?
2. Set boundaries with your business relationships to keep them in perspective.
3. Never fake your relationship with a client/vendor – It will always come back to bite you in the end.
4. Change your attitude about your work. Make it play and it’ll be much more fun.
5. Every day, look for someone else to call your friend. It is easy to do and will cultivate a network of relationships that will payoff in so many ways.
Have you had any experiences with friendors? Let us know in the comments below.