Politics and Business

Posted on August 5, 2016

I shared a recent thought around the political season we are in and realized there were some relevant business (life) lessons that apply to us.  What I shared was as follows:

Sans support for either candidate.

When my support of either candidate is almost 100% based on the behavior of the other candidate..Houston we have a problem.

That logic doesn't work in my faith, it doesn't work in my business, it doesn't work in my friendships, and it sure as heck doesn't work in my marriage.

But sometimes I need a train wreck, I need a problem in order for me to realize it.

So how does that apply to our business:

  • In our business, choosing between the "lesser of two evils" still feels evil (Jon Foreman).  When faced with this we must "Keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors" (C.S. Lewis).  We sometimes have to say no to both choices.  Saying "it's just business" is a very dangerous place.
  • When faced with a difficult choice or a problem, we must always start with ourselves - blaming or determining whose fault it is does absolutely nothing in solving the problems of our client.  However, we can always get better.

FWIW

- Paul Ellis