|Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves (Philippians 2:3 ESV).|
In his letter to the church members at Philippi, the Apostle Paul reminded them to look to the interests of others as well as their own, adding that they should count the interests of others “more significant.”
The word of God is timeless and applicable to everything in life, including business.
Entrepreneurs will be well served to put feet to this bit of wisdom right now as most folks are probably enduring more poor and selfish behavior than usual given the present social conditions. Let us as Christian business owners conduct business humbly as Paul instructs us.
Within your business, look ahead and not side-to-side to see who’s not doing enough. In terms of “getting it done” a 50/50 partnership will inevitably fall short. On the other hand the job will get done if everyone puts their hands to it without concern over whose job it is.
Make it a habit to consider the interests of your customers and clients more significant than your own — call them with updates, pick up and deliver, thank them, send a gift when the transaction is finished. We find that customers appreciate a thank you and a $5 gift card.
Let your people know when you catch them doing something right. We got to do that a few days ago when one of our guys came in to work early in order to have a job finished when the customer arrived as the store opened.
- Evaluate your own attitude and actions.
- If you need to confess (admit you were wrong), ask forgiveness and repent (change), then do it now.
This is the perfect time to lead! Carry on.