Business Relationships Part 2

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Business Relationships Part 2

If we want something done right, should we do it ourselves?

Leading people is not easy and frequently presents challenging situations in business. We depend on people to assist in the accomplishment of goals for collective benefit. Yet, depending on others can be precarious and make us weary. In spite of this, together we can accomplish more than we can apart from one another. Therefore, we must be willing to accept the challenges of working together in order to realize maximum potential.

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean.

A clean manger can be interpreted as a workplace without employees. A workplace without employees might free leaders of interpersonal challenges, but will it produce maximum profitability and productivity? Challenges inherently come with employing people. However, working alone limits our ability to achieve the fullness of profitability and productivity. When we work as a team, we can reach the fullness of potential.

There is only so much that one person can accomplish. In business, we strive to increase profits and production. If profits and production can be increased with the help of others, then we are better served by working together. In order to maximize profits and production, we must be willing to work as a team.

But abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

Applying this word to our contemporary world reveals the power of teamwork. Abundant crops can be interpreted as profits and production in today’s marketplace. Profits and Production grow exponentially through the power of a team. A team is stronger than an individual, therefore we stand to gain more by working together.

A single draft horse can pull a load up to 8,000 pounds. Two draft horses together cannot just pull 16,000 pounds, they can pull 24,000 pounds. After working together and training with one another, two draft horses can pull 32,000 pounds, which is a load four times as heavy as either of the horses could pull by themselves. Abundant crops come by the strength of the team.

A leader is responsible for directing the oxen to plow the field in the most effective and productive way. For the humble farmer, his efforts are maximized by employing the strength of the oxen to plow the field, as a team. A team of oxen without a leader will accomplish little. At times the farmer will be required to correct his team from veering off course.

As leaders in business, we can relate to the humble farmer. At times our team will veer off course and present challenges that can derail success. At times, these challenges make leadership difficult. Leaders must not allow challenges to overshadow the benefits inherent to a team. In addition, Leaders must not allow challenges to alter their mindset into a belief that apart from the team more will be accomplished. As we strive for continued successes in business and in life, let’s celebrate and be thankful for the power of a team!

Thanks for exploring with me.

Ryan Clift

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