The Importance of the Written Word – Get it in Writing
We’ve heard it time and time again and far too often don’t follow this sage advice – Get it in Writing. It seems simple and obvious. People don’t always do what they say they will.
Laine Lawson Craft had been a successful businesswoman for over 20 years, most of those owning her own business. She knew better, yet it only takes one occasion of trusting someone who doesn’t keep their part of an agreement to have the lesson reinforced – Get it in Writing.
Lawson, an entrepreneur, author, leader, and inspirational speaker shares that contracts are important, as you will encounter people who do not hold their end of the bargain. If a contract is absent in a deal, you do not have anything to stand on. That piece of paper can be utilized to remind and clarify for both parties their roles and responsibilities. When someone gets off track correction can be as simple as, ‘Hey, do you recall signing this?’
In business, you will come across many deals and bargains. Some of them may be done through an oral agreement, however it is recommended to have it in written form, or through a contract.
Contracts are an integral part of any deal. A contract is there to protect you from people that may not have been planning to do the job from the very beginning. Both parties who come into the agreement do so voluntarily.
Whether you are building a business or starting a new job, a contract is important. As the employer, clarifying duties through a detailed job description provides clarity for both parties of the expectations of the position, and a service contract can summarize the duties of the person to the company and limits obligation to a minimum so that people can do their job efficiently. Most often, a service contract may be provided for maintenance or technical support.
Lawson shares that even in the smallest arrangements, such as a repair man who will fix the air conditioner, a contract is the first thing to accomplish. A good contract describes the work to be done and the time frame for completion. It clarifies expectations for both parties.
Before entering into an agreement, it is best to always seek legal advice first so that you may fill in details and define legal terms that you may fail to understand.
Whatever type of deal you may enter into, having a contract assures that a level of professionalism and service will be retained. Doing business on a handshake may be a great way, however having written proof of the deal has always been advisable for any business arrangement, whether you be a small or big enterprise.
As a self-professed “manager from hell,” Steve Caldwell learned through the hard knocks of making mistakes while building a career. Today he serves as a leadership coach, mentor and role model guiding high achieving managers to become the strong leaders their companies, employees and the world needs. He is also author of the book Manager Mojo – Be the Leader that Others Want to Follow (available on Amazon).
“In all arenas, we suffer from a lack of leadership talent,” Steve observes. “Every day employees are promoted into management with no training or support to guide their development into leadership positions. You don’t have to be born to lead. You can learn to lead.” He can be reached by email at Steve@ManagerMojo.com or by phone at (415) 670*9543.