We’re All in the Same Bucket

By Greg McAfee of gregmcafee.com

Does your company badmouth the competition? If so, why? There is plenty of work out there for everyone and putting other companies down does nothing, but make you and your company look bad. The old rule that says, “ if you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all” still applies today.

When I pull up to a traffic light and see another HVAC company vehicle sitting across from me, I wave. Some wave back and some don’t. Sure, I’m as competitive as the next guy, but I think just being in the same trade should at least earn a wave and a smile.

This reminds me of a fisherman’s tale I once heard. A fisherman, walking along with a bucket of lobsters, is stopped by a friend. The friend asked, “Won’t the lobsters escape by climbing out of the bucket. ‘No’, replies the fisherman, ‘you know what lobsters are like. When one gets near the top, the others pull him back down”.

So be professional, be friendly, and don’t be a lobster!

Updated: November 8, 2011 — 8:22 am

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