Are you someone who fails to respond? Not to cold-calls or blind solicitations, but rather to someone you contacted first? I am curious what is causing you to behave in that manner? Do you realize that when you reach out to someone else, they must spend time and energy to respond? Your own lack of responsiveness when they reply to you creates more work for that person, who wonders if their message was actually delivered or tries another way to reach you, thus expending even more time and energy. If you contact someone and then change your mind, it would seem to be common courtesy to let them know. You could send a quick note or leave a voice mail message, anything that would enable the other person to take you off of their list of things to do.
Vistage is not for everyone, so I know that many of the people I speak with will not be a good fit for our organization. However, I want to help people and will always try to respond in a timely manner when someone reaches out to me. However, when they fail to respond to my offer to answer any of their questions or provide them with information, it becomes very frustrating. I am left alternating between irritation, concern for their well-being, and curiosity as to why they reached out to me in the first place.
If you read this and realize you have been unresponsive to others, it’s not too late to change your behavior. Just let them know you resolved the situation and no longer need their assistance. Display some no-longer-so-common courtesy!