Business and politics don’t mix

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This shouldn’t even be worthy of a blog post, but it’s so absolutely true and still, so many people get it wrong.

As you know, my company provides 3rd party IT support services to clients. 2 weeks ago I met with a new prospective client. They were looking for someone to do a little overhaul of their network, and also become their regular IT support. Now, not to get too specific here, but suffice it to say, this client regularly deals in politics (although they are not government directly). I can say that a lot of what they do is heavy advocacy work, which can sometimes be popular or unpopular. Their data is of a sensitive nature, and they required a consultant with a strong ethics and confidentiality.

Prior to contacting us, they contacted one my competitors. This competitor met with this prospective client, and actually divulged during the conversation that they were heavy believers and promoters of one side of the political spectrum.

Seriously ? You’re meeting with a prospective client that tells you that they are an organization that deals in politics and has a requirement for confidentiality with their contractors, and your response is that you believe xyz is the correct political ideology to root for ? Even if that aligned with the organization (and I’m not saying it did or didn’t), it’s just something you stay away from. You open wayyyyyy too many cans of worms by making a statement like that.

In most cases, politics and business simply don’t mix. If you’re ever in a situation where you have to ask yourself the question of whether they could mix, then the answer is no, they can’t. Keep yourself neutral. Remember, you’re there to provide IT services. Politics (in the majority of cases) isn’t going to affect that, so just stay out of it.

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Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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  1. Nicholas Fusco June 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Well said!

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