Is Kindness….seen as a weakness?
Kim Babjak was born to be an entrepreneur. From her childhood days of developing products, Kim has loved all aspects of business. However, the area that brings her the most joy is helping others achieve success. Armed with her dream of taking to market products she had been developing for years, Kim took a chance at becoming financially and emotionally free by starting and running her own business.
She wanted to create a company that would give her the flexibility to work around her children and family, give her the freedom to make her own decisions, and help other entrepreneur's achieve the type of success she had.
"I want to make people's lives easier, and that is just what I am doing" said Kim.
Along the way, Kim encountered many obstacles, and through her perseverance, is now the owner of a highly successful company whose consumer products sold on QVC America, QVC UK, Wal-Mart, Walgreen's and large catalogs internationally.
Kim is thrilled to take the experience and knowledge she has gained from starting and running her business, and now share it with others. Kim provides guidance and resources in the areas of product development, offshore manufacturing, importing and QVC consulting.
This highly energetic and personable entrepreneur is helping create the "American Dream, one Dreamer at a time!"Since launching her company in 1998, Kim Babjak of KimCo LLC, has been living her "American Dream" of success. While wearing many hats like mother, entrepreneur, business woman, author, speaker and QVC agent, Kim has designed and taken to market many of the consumer products she has designed over the years.
Her struggles and hurdles in the process have compelled her to develop a unique consulting program that helps entrepreneurs with finding, then living their own "American Dream." KimCo's new venture helps entrepreneurs get their products seen by millions on QVC or HSN, idea to paper product development, product prototyping and overseas manufacturing.
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I am a retail agent, I assist companies with getting their products reviewed and accepted by mass retailers.
I recently had a client that said he mistakenly assigned another rep to a retailer he and I had a contract with, and would we exclude this account from our sales roster and allow his “other rep” to have the account.
Sure, out of the spirit of partnership. We wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, and release this very small account as a good faith gesture.
OOPS! Did I set myself up as being weak? I think so…
Well, a few weeks later….he came back and said he did the same thing with a really large account (Wal-Mart) and that he was sorry but could we release this account to the other rep as well. Hell NO!
So my question is this…in business is kindness sometimes seen as a weakness? Hell YES!
I realize that everyone should enter into any business, or personal, relationship with the upmost integrity. Sometimes, however, some struggle with that. So what do you do? In this instance, my team and I had a meeting and decided that in fact we were not going to allow this transfer. We contacted the client….laid the law….kindly…..and pointed out that he had a contractual obligation to us and that we would not honor this, nor any more, requests . He backed off and luckily, it all worked out for the best. Actually, we partnered with his other “rep” to build our mutual contact list even bigger, worked out a great deal for the client at Wal-Mart….and all is good.
Moral of the story: never let anyone interpret your kindness for weakness. Make the parameters clear upfront, let your integrity guide you, and stick to your guns in tricky situations. Try to make the best of any situation, never enter it in the defense mode…and always remember that it takes a community to bring a product to market!
Always DREAM BIG!