Be Kind: Who Would Have Thought?

What is the most important rule or value of your business? Just how important is it?

Prince George of Great Britain will, in September, start at a school whose most important rule is ‘be kind’.

What if ‘Be kind’ were to become the primary value for your business. How would that affect your relationships with suppliers, staff, clients and others?

Google’s mantra is ‘Don’t be evil’, and while they may not always get it right, it keeps them focussed on what is important to them. But it is a negative rule; it emphasises what they should not do.

Both ‘Don’t be evil’ and ‘Be kind’ require us to reflect on and weigh up everything we say and do. But one stops us if we detect something wrong, while the other actively looks for good things to do. It encourages us to build relationships – not just refrain from bad ones, but create good ones.

What matters to you?

What relationships are critical for your business? What will you do to encourage and develop them?

Ian Webster

From Methodist minister to Customer Relations manager in a computer bureau to HR Manager in a newspaper printing and publishing company. Now focussing on training and developing people and HR & people-management consulting.

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