Business can be cruel – especially when competition is at play – and as you develop your business you’ll soon discover some hellish characters who will try to dent your confidence with criticism and negative babble but I’ve always followed an unwritten rule: never air your dirty laundry in public.
Over these past few years I’ve often felt the urge to respond to name calling and unprofessional behaviour, but I’ve always kept this rule in mind when temptation struck. It’s a shame that many other business professionals seem to have no such rule.
I’ve actually lost track of the number of times one particular agency owner jumped on Twitter and launched a personal and bitter attack against me. It wasn’t as if his diatribe had any merit, it was way out of order yet he choose a public forum to air his dirty laundry – not a great idea and incredibly unprofessional.
Within business, this kind of public bitching is happening more and more but if you are ever tempted please try private disclosure instead; in general it will prove much more rewarding, productive and you won’t come across as a complete arsehole.
I was inspired to write this post after I remembered reading something similar a few years ago written by the brilliant Dan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Net Magazine