We’ve all heard the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have done to you. Of course, there’s a much harsher version of the Golden Rule – the person who has the gold makes the rules – but let’s focus on the original version.
Are you really living your life and conducting business consistent with the Golden Rule? Stop and think about it. Are you prioritizing some customers higher than others? Are you doing things to some people that you would never do to others? Would you not cancel a meeting with your top customer, but cancel a meeting with a business friend on a whim? Would you follow through and finish your actions for your customer, but not finish those for a random business associate?
The point I’m saying here is that yes, we do all have priorities, and of course we need to focus on our sources of revenue and make sure that those that are providing a living to us, our teams, and our families are taken care of, but, in your actions, are you taking care of those around you?
Are you doing things the right way, or are you making different rules for different people? It’s my belief that we should all treat each other with respect, regardless of how much economic value we add to each other. Of course, we’re going to tend to work with those that we jive with and those that create economic value for us, that pay us for our services, time and value the contributions we’re making economically, but are we being good citizens? Are we doing to others like we would want to be done to us? Are we communicating correctly? Are we prioritizing correctly? Are we being respectful all around?
It’s been my experience in the business world that there are a lot of great business people that forget these fundamental principles. Let’s make a pact to bring this back to the world, and let’s make it a better place to do business.
What are your thoughts on the Golden Rule? How have you followed this in the past? How have you made the business world better?
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