Nice guys finish last…or do they?
It’s nice to be nice, right? I always try to help people out – in both my personal and professional life. I recently read a blog by Gary Vaynerchuk about kindness and why it’s so important in business.
He says, “I want to build big businesses and buy the Jets, but I want to do it by being a good guy. I have zero interest in building the biggest building by tearing other people down.”
And it really resonated with me – being kind and helpful is at the core of re:find and how all of us here think and work. It’s important for us to do a good job and help people. There is a stereotype in business that ‘nice guys finish last’, but I just don’t believe that’s true. We can’t physically place all of the candidates we meet, but we can help, give our expertise, or even just point someone in the right direction and this costs nothing!
Being kind is important
I think being kind is important for lots of reasons:
- It’s nice to be nice! It makes you feel good to be kind and help people out.
- People don’t forget your kindness. If you look after someone, they remember it – which could end up helping you out in the future.
- Most of my clients are candidates I have worked with previously and built long-standing relationships with through being helpful and kind.
- Employees/colleagues like and respect you. If people like and respect you, they’ll work harder, do a better job and the team will be happier and more productive.
- It’s rewarded – someone is always watching. Even when you think something hasn’t been noticed, it probably has.
When you strip back the titles and status
When you strip back titles and status, we’re all just people – and who wants to deal with someone who’s a bit of a t***!? Being kind gets people on side, which is important in business. Whether it’s dealing with clients, candidates or team members. If you get on well with a client, they’re more likely to continue using you. If you look after a candidate, they’ll remember your kindness. If you look after your team, they’ll work hard and be loyal – people don’t leave their companies, they leave their managers.
Ultimately, we’re all human and we all appreciate someone being decent and looking after us. So, I’d encourage everyone to be kind – you get a lot more out of it than you might think!
If you would like to discuss further, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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