Lessons in Business… from a Tiny Greek Island.
On a small island or village, your word is your bond. Once trust is gone, your name is mud.
Last night an aerobics group was meant to put on a class on the foreshore. Word was you could go and watch or you could join in.
People waited… and waited… it was a no show.
When people referred to the ‘non event’ later, they weren’t talking in terms of a ‘no show’ or wrong date, or cancellation, rather the word was that the event was a lie.
And along with that comes dishonest, untrustworthy and other negative connotations.
The same applies in business. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver. Always do what you say you are going to do.
I remember my father did a deal once and shook on it. His word was his bond and a handshake was as good as a signature on a contract. Unfortunately the second party didn’t feel the same and reneged on the deal when they received a better offer a few days later.
How good would it be to go back to a world where we don’t need contracts, where our word counts?