Entrepreneurs: Stop Wearing the Mask!

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a meeting with someone who I considered to be a colleague.  We previously connected in social and business environments, and my thoughts were that the individual was quite familiar with my work upon receiving the request.  But to my professional dismay, I was grossly mistaken.

I won’t provide all of the details, to protect the professionally naive, but I was extremely frustrated upon leaving the meeting, especially with how things were handled even leading up to my arrival.  In essence, I was treated like a recent college graduate or someone who did not own an established business.  Furthermore, after realizing this individual had not done any research on my background, platform, nor my company information, yet, my pro bono assistance in promoting something relative to their company was requested, I was absolutely appalled and done with the situation.  However, I practiced professional etiquette throughout the encounter, and left with a smile and hand shake.  Ironically, the following week, I received a call from a new colleague who referenced this same person in a similar manner–without my bringing it up at all! Amazing…

You see, it wasn’t an ego thing for me.  It was the fact that here is yet another entrepreneur, in whom I will certainly congratulate for a certain level of success and who is definitely worthy of their accolades in business.  However, this person chose to wear a mask with me, instead of handling the situation as colleague to colleague.  I have very high expectations and requirements of those that I choose to professionally align myself with; mainly, I like to be very transparent about who I am, where I am in my career, what my goals are, and in what specific ways that I seek help or mentoring.  But the courtesy that I consistently give when providing this information to others, is that I am equally, if not more interested at times, in those very same things with them, as well as how I may immediately assist in aiding them in reaching their goals.  Those who know me best, whether personally or professionally, can certainly attest to this fact.

Clearly, from previous conversations with others who were seeking to connect me with this individual, there was a need for assistance, as well as a genuine opportunity to relate as business professionals.  But I was shown the mask of I’ve arrived, but I still want you to assist me in going further…and by the way, please do this for free, and I really don’t care about what you’re doing.  Sorry, but unfortunately, that’s not the way that I operate.

It’s really ok to Faith it until you make it with those you seek to secure business from, but entrepreneurs, small business owners and even executives should learn to be open, honest, and humble to secure genuine peer relationships and collaborative efforts.  There are many cultures globally who get this concept, and collectively, they have excelled for many years.  I have experienced some truly phenomenal results from engaging properly with others in a peer to peer manner over the years.  My wish is for others to be so fortunate…

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About Candace Reese ~ The CEO Pundit™

With a reputation for challenging small visions and transforming them into global notoriety, Candace Reese is a nationally-recognized entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. Specializing in corporate and philanthropic strategy management, Reese has a strong track record in exceeding expectations. After several years in corporate and nonprofit public relations, marketing and advertising, Reese founded Envision Global Corporation to serve a diverse clientele list of individuals, organizations and corporate clientele by delivering leading-edge, innovative image building campaigns, with a global focus. Having an affinity for representing socially-conscious clientele, through Envision Global, Reese has managed projects and provided unlimited business and lifestyle resources to a plethora of distinguished entrepreneurs, executives and philanthropists who have been featured in national and international multi-media outlets, including online/digital media, nationally-syndicated radio and television broadcasts. To accommodate the growing needs of her global client base, Reese has launched EnviBlu Lifestyle Concierge; the travel, concierge and ground transportation vertical to Envision Global. Outside of her work with Envision Global, Reese’s passion lies in her public speaking and community initiatives. As a children’s advocate, she offers inspiring words to young men about etiquette and image, as well as young women on entering and maintaining healthy relationships. Reese also engages with entrepreneurs and business executives on leadership, marketing, public relations, professional etiquette, and effective, next-level business practices as an executive coach. Reese is a well-known supporter of local and national community organizations, being frequently tapped by nonprofit and religious organizations to strengthen their image and media strategies for initiatives, conferences and goal-oriented campaigns.
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2 Responses to Entrepreneurs: Stop Wearing the Mask!

  1. rarejewelinc says:

    Candace this a great post! I am an entrepreneur as well and recently encountered a similar situation. Its amazing to think that people still operate like this when its so much easier to research businesses and individuals now.

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