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Corrosive Competition and Running a God-Led Business??? | God Intersections

As I’ve pondered my responsibilities as the Chief Steward of Godintersections.com and Leadership Productivity Forum’s in the East Valley of Phoenix, the question of competing for business came up.  Years ago I was given a copy of “The Death of Competition” by James Moore.  I could never get my arms around the idea of the actual death of competition.  But if competition is not going away then what is my responsibility in life and business where I compete regularly?  And how does the concept of Serving First, Profit Second fit in here (a Godintersection.com core value)?  I used to think that if I following God close enough I would never loose (had to give that one up years ago).

I now realize that winning and loosing is not only okay, it is essential for learning the lessons life has to teach.  It isn’t competition that is the problem, it is “Corrosive Competition” that is the problem.  I ran across the idea of “Corrosive Competition” in Dr. Wess Stafford’s book “Too Small to Ignore”.   Wess is the CEO of Compassion International (www.compassion.com) a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty.  What I took from Wess’ thinking is that in competition there is usually a winner and a looser and that is COMPLETELY OKAY.  What isn’t okay is when the competition turns corrosive.  Corrosive as in when we try to crush or harm or punish or weaken our competitor.  Our competitor is worthy of our respect even support.  If my behavior harms them I need rethink that behavior.  If God is the owner of my business my actions toward my competitor will reflect His heart.  And His heart is that People are more important that Profits.

So compete HARD and IF you win hold out your hand to help your competitor up.  Your competitor will appreciate it, God will honor it and you will find peace.

In your service,

Mark

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