For business leaders these days it seems like the pace of life is continuing to climb up at a significant rate. Coming out of the pandemic shut or slow down, technology, individual self-gratification, consumer demands, social movements and many more elements push on each of us to do more, achieve more, contribute more. This vibration of progress can sometimes seem and feel very overwhelming.
Not everyone is experiencing this same uptick in rhythm. Some have even disconnected from the chaos and are waiting for something new or additional to provide for them. These social-cultural dynamics are playing big roles in the life cycle of business and the economy.
For example, an article talked about a conversation between two individuals who saw a situation through two very different sets of eyes. The element of focus happened to be a sports car one of the individuals had purchased. From one perspective the individual had indicated how many mouths could be fed with the dollars spent on the vehicle. The other perspective brought to the attention of the other that the feeding of mouths took place all along the chain of vehicle development from the wages for creating the parts, the shipping of the parts, the assembly etc. All along that chain of commerce mouths were fed.
Both perspectives have their merit. We, as a society, MUST be active in our support and generosity for those who are truly in need of the basics in living – food, shelter, clothing etc. How we go about providing for those is equally critical. Part of the consumption chain is giving people the opportunity to have self-worth. This comes from allowing individuals to be part of an organization where their talents can contribute to an end goal or deliverable. They can learn and earn pride in themselves which in turn contributes back to the good of the whole society.
There is a saying from the Bible which helps to give some guidance on this matter. It references that if you give a person a fish to eat, they will eat for a day. If you invest and teach the person to fish, then they not only can eat for a lifetime but also be generous and provide for others to eat and learn to fish as well.
As business leaders in a time of tremendous speed, change and to some chaos, we need to have solid framework to guide our perspective to focus our priorities. Thus, the need for a clear and concise “Purpose” and “Core Values” to be the filter to narrow in leadership perspective on all topics which come to and at the organization. By having this platform to build from, all decisions are consistent and executed inside of a set of standards everyone is well aware of. This week evaluate your framework for decision making. How does it influence your perspectives on your business, your team, your customers, and the community you serve?
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