Last week we went through some basic principles about relating to other people highlighting how when we serve others we achieve more than we can individually. The age old principle of, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” definitely applies.
Since we live in a less than perfect world that principle is very much violated by most people in all areas of life. In most cases you will see this principle being violated in business between businesses and their customers. I wrote a review about the movie, ‘Flywheel’ that is focused on this particular issue. You could call it having integrity. Integrity means being transparent and doing the right thing.
When you look at the issue of integrity you will see that it’s quite a big issue and does more hurt than good to the parties involved. Consider the life of Jacob in the Bible who connived to get his brother Esau’s birthright and deceived his father Isaac in the process. What followed was twenty years of hardship and being deceived by his uncle Laban,
“Thus I have been in your house twenty years; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times.” ~ Genesis 31:41
Jacob in turn was cheated ten times more by his uncle Laban. The bad things you do today may not always catch up with you immediately but they surely will at some point. The converse is also true – the good you do today will come back to you many times more. It’s like sowing a seed.
So as you go about your business dealings or anything else for that matter be sure to do good and add value to other people. Many businesses that I see today are self-centric instead of customer-centric. Some even intentionally cheat their customers to get as much money as they can while at the same time not offering a product or service of similar value.
Here is a summary of some of the problems caused by lack of integrity:
1. Bad reputation
While people make the pursuit of money their primary focus they fail to realize that they are creating a poor reputation and driving themselves out of business. When people lose confidence in your brand then it’s just a matter of time until you are out of business. Look at what Proverbs 22:1 says,
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.”
Honesty and integrity is a big thing when it comes to your reputation so make sure you are always doing the right thing.
2. Pain to the customer
Perhaps most businesses don’t realize that people work really hard for their money and that when they spend it they want to get something of value. While it may seem like they are getting away with their behavior they are setting themselves up for misery. This is what Proverbs 22:22-23 says,
“Do not rob the poor because he is poor, nor oppress the afflicted at the gate; for the Lord will plead their cause, and plunder the soul of those who plunder them.”
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