Is there really such a thing as a business with a heart and a vision? Does “heart” have a place in business or is business “just business”?
Most of us who are in business, or have studied business, know the importance of a vision. I believe that heart in business is just as important as vision.
I have heard business people say “it is just business”. They seem to think that they should live two lives – one being their business world and the other their private world.
Life is life and our business is a part of that life.
I will share a story about an ex-business partner of mine as an illustration.
He believed that there was no such thing as a business with heart
This incident took place many years ago when I was fairly new to business. Our business at the time was an accounting and financial planning practice.
I was having lunch with a new client and my business partner. The conversation got around to discussing the business dealings of a prominent Australian businessman who was building an empire.
My partner made the comment that the person we were discussing was successful because he was hard and ruthless in business. I disagreed and said I believed that you should always go for a win/win situation in business and not be ruthless.
The debate went on for a while with our new client silently observing. Ultimately he interjected and said to my partner….
…”Listen to the lady. She knows what she is talking about and you will be more successful if you listen to her.” Hearing this my business partner was visibly taken back. Our new client was a very successful businessman with many more years experiencing than us.
I will always remember the conversation as it confirmed for me what I instinctively knew. A business with heart as well as vision is the way of the future for business.
Yes there is a business with heart and vision
The story of me and my ex-business partner was a long time back.
Thankfully over the years the conversations about the role of heart and soul in business have increased.
Business is not “just business”. It is an entity that requires heart, vision and values.
“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”— John C. Maxwell
“Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”— Zig Ziglar
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”— Confucius
We spend a huge percentage of our life in our business. If we do not lead with our heart we will never be happy.
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