Over the years, and this started back in my Aim days in Perth, I’ve built a list of things to look out for in business. This list was further enhanced during my interim management career at GHRL, where we saw some real basket-cases!
Our rule of thumb became that it’s okay to have one thing on the list. Two is borderline. Anyone with three of these traits should be avoided at all costs!
So, here’s the list: –
- Pipe Smoker
- Personal Number Plate
- Certificates on the Wall
- Letters after their name on business cards/stationery
- Facial Hair (moustache or beard – stuble is okay if you’re young like James Deer!)
- Jewellery (on a man)
- Untidy desk/office
- Don’t reply to Emails (even to acknowledge receipt)
- Don’t return phone calls
So how many do you have?