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Business Sharks: Can we do better with Honesty?

”Integrity in Business is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind .or change with the weather. It is your inner. image of yourself. If you look in there and see. a man who won’t cheat then you know he never will -John D. MacDonald.”

The terrestrial habitat like every other animal. Habitations are characterized by feeding relationships that can be predatory. The carnivores can only feed on flesh. Which makes the predation necessary in the animal world. There is no way you can make the grass suitable. enough to replace the fresh kill of a deer as a meal for a lion. business

But it is the animal kingdom and it is a natural order. The act of predation in whatever interpretation we can think of. Should not be seen amidst humans. One of the pillars of human coexistence is our dependence. on each other, not the other way round. From inception, when there have not been dilutions to values and morals as we see today. There were some values the society run by. Stephen Covey affirmed it by saying;

Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, and treating people with respect.” business

Honesty, Integrity, Fairness, and Transparency were once very important virtues displayed by businesses and individuals alike. The business. world though competitive, should not be predatory but healthy. Start-ups and new businesses should be given the best support and services they can get and not taken advantage of.

Our society is configured to take advantage of the vulnerable in business. Just like predators have their pleasure on the least. indomitable prey. Loan sharks are the best similitude which can be used to portray this.

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The exorbitant .interest and the violence that accompanies. the loans from these devouring and hard-fisted businessmen. Runs against the standards that should guide a sane society.

Business Sharks in the same way that we .have Loan sharks or Money .sharks are people, who prey on vulnerable .people. Who are new start-ups, who want to succeed but rob them from every direction.  From trainers to website designers to digital marketing experts, to webinar experts, to book agents, to so-called publishers, to PR agencies, videographers, and much more.

All just want to have their pound of the flesh. “There is a novice in town that started his/her new business, so let us get him/her before they learn to play the game”. That seems like their common goal of the business. What is our world coming to? Is this being done out of greed or desperation? How do we help people by starting with Honesty & Integrity or maybe just ethically?

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Organizations run on the fuel of trust and integrity for ages. This is why we see captions like “Our word is our bond”. “We do what we say”.

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“A Brand you can Trust”. But is this still true today or are these just words that are easy to come by? Is there no disparity between words. and actions in

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business operations of now?

Consider the words of Zig Ziglar “Honesty and Integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur.”business

Integrity should not be optional it .should not be lozst when a start-up seeks help with their business. The garment of honesty and. fairness should not be exchanged, for those of greed and cruelty just because there is a vulnerable client.

Every organization, including the million-dollar companies, started as a nascent establishment. Expecting a fair dealing from the established companies whose service it cannot do without. Life is a gradual ascent that is marked by stages. It is all about growth. But in the stages of growth, there is always a time when there is dependence on the trueness and fairness of others to progress.

A child. cannot but pass through the time of dependence without his parents or guardians. Like a true shepherd, parents tend, guide, guard, and. cater for a child until he can pitch his tent. In business, babes are bound to exist. The care and tendering of a parent may be out of reach in business. But honesty, Integrity, and fairness will go a long way to help a vulnerable individual that tries to make it on its own “a start-up as we see it”!!

“There is enough for every man’s needs but there just isn’t enough for every man’s greed – Gandhi.”business

Research has it that 82 percent of businesses that fail, do so because of cash flow problems. Also, about 29% of start-ups run out of money. I can say that is largely due to unfair deals from established service providers. I coached a young entrepreneur yesterday. Although I myself have experienced dishonesty at its best by multiple “so-called” service providers, highly charitable individuals, mentors & coaches in my time. There are some stories that literally destroy you emotionally when you hear of how “highly professional business sharks” operate and how they prey on the vulnerable.

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A common experience for new businesses is to be charged unduly for “quality” service. Even medium-sized and bigger businesses would be shocked by such outrageous prices but because there is a sense of need and urgency.

When it comes to an SME or a Solopreneur (the term used for them these days) and selling is an art. Does it makes it right to have someone max out their credit cards irrespective of dire personal consequences to pay for substandard service or worse still to be told: “this is what you paid for”??

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Starting a new company will surely require some essentials like branding, recruiting, sales & marketing, etc. Which understandably is usually outsourced. The best help, any firm rendering these services

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can offer a new firm is, to be honest,. and sincere with their pricing and service offering. Never forget to give back, where and when they can, or are these all just words? That have no place or meaning in our society any longer?

Jillian Haslam Biobusiness

Jillian is a Motivational Speaker. A coach with distinction and has a 20-year career in banking, including working with executives at the board level. Bank of England. RBS, Nova Nordisk.

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McDonald’s and The University of Cambridge are some of the names on her impressive list of clients.

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Born and raised in abject

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poverty in Calcutta – Jillian is a truly inspirational and professional keynote speaker. She uses her
experience and motivational stories of resilience to inspire others to face their fears.
Using the power of resilience. Something she calls “The Irrepressible Mind.”. Through her motivational words and her warmth,

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she engages and empathizes with her audience. She has received some of the most amazing testimonials from Corporates, universities & schools alike. To review some of these, please visit
Aside from being a successful businesswoman, philanthropist, and conference speaker. She is a published author of the book Indian English, an inspirational story

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about her life. Finding the road to success, and how she utilizes her wisdom and vision in a
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