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Over the past 5 years we’ve worked with a lot of amazing people and a select few that we wish we hadn’t. Don’t worry, it’s not you. 😉 

As I’ve been reflecting and trying to squeeze every bit of wisdom out of our first few years, I came up with a short filter for future engagements. I call it…

5 Tips for Picking the People You Want to Work With

1. No Jerks Allowed 🤬

Working with individuals who exhibit kindness, respect, and professionalism is paramount. Collaboration should be a pleasant experience. Avoid those who consistently bring negativity, drama, or toxicity to the table. The energy they drain is not worth any potential benefits.

2. Ethical Alignment Matters ⚖️

Your values should align with those of your collaborators. Working with people who share your ethical principles ensures you’re on the same page when it comes to making decisions, handling challenges, and pursuing goals. This alignment enhances trust and minimizes conflicts.

3. Be Selective with Your Support 🦉

While everyone deserves a degree of support, your time and resources are limited. Focus your efforts on individuals who genuinely appreciate and reciprocate your support. Invest in those who value your contributions and actively contribute to the relationship’s growth.

4. Forge Meaningful Connections 🤝

Collaborate with individuals who understand the power of networking and relationship-building. These connections extend beyond transactions; they foster a sense of camaraderie and mutual benefit. Such collaborators bring fresh perspectives and opportunities to the table.

5. Accountability is Key 🔑

Mistakes happen, but how people handle them speaks volumes. Choose collaborators who take responsibility for their errors rather than resorting to excuses. This builds trust and promotes a culture of accountability, where issues are addressed promptly and constructively.

By adhering to these principles, you’ll not only build a network of reliable, ethical, and supportive collaborators but also create a working environment that fosters growth, positivity, and success.

I’m probably missing some things in my short list here, but I’d love to know… Do you have a no-go list? 

If so, what’s on it?

Cheering You On,