What are considered signs of weakness in the business world? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
Losing your %@ is the worst sign of weakness.
There's a lot that people will tolerate. I've led projects that fell short of deadlines but still ended up with the client giving me top marks on the scorecard.
Although trust and integrity are the most valued qualities, both customers and bosses expect you to keep it together.
If you haven't followed the epic meltdown of Amy's Baking Company, this is an example in the worst way of when owners just tossed their cookies.
Granted, a lot of these "reality shows" are staged (having worked on some sets here in LA, I can confirm this) but these folks didn't stop acting psychotic when the cameras stopped rolling:
Next up? Constantly making excuses -- it's always everyone else that's wrong, or something else to blame. But it's never your fault.
If you read any of the Amy's Baking Company stories, you'll see this couple blaming everything and everyone, from hackers getting into their Facebook account (how convenient) to a "sewer-like" smell that the building owner wouldn't fix, for why they closed their restaurant.
Over the years, a lot of business and management books have taken lessons from the military, and there's a great reason for this. As a business owner, although you're not saving lives from bullets and missiles, your decisions do affect people's lives and livelihoods.
We want to know that we can trust someone -- that they have our backs. Let's face it. There's nothing worse than that sinking feeling when the lunch rush hour is on or the server's crashing due to a spike in traffic, and that help you counted on is nowhere to be found.
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