Respect the Competition: A Simple Elegant Solution
I’m working with a client as she’s building her business plan. She’s a phenomenal small business owner with goals to expand her empire. I’m quite honored she chose me. Our process is both traditional – mission statement, marketing plan, executive summary and nontraditional – examining self-care and building upon her personal spiritual foundation.
As I work with her and others, I continue my focus on fairness in politics. Yes, I know many of you will say this is an oxymoron. It’s my goal to make it less so an oxymoron.
One of the ways I like to operate is to pick a thought or a quote and look at how to bring it to life with concrete steps or examples of others who have successfully exemplified it.
Knappy Khem came to mind because she is focused on the thought – “Respect the Competition.”
As she lives by that axiom she is honing her skills as a networker and supporter rather than an adversary. Interestingly, as she has embraced this, she has repaired/renewed 4 professional relationships.
Knappy Khem is in good company – Tip O’Neill, Ronald Reagan, Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Dwight Eisenhower, among them.
Where Knappy Khem inspires and models “Respect the Competition˝ those politicians of back in the day/the olden days/antidiluvian times inspire these tenets:
★Assess AND respect the competition
★Respect the democratic process – majority rules
★Be clear about your principles and how they authentically align with those who voted for/chose you
★Refresh past successful relationships that have become adversarial.
Some would say this is simplistic. But I ask you to ask yourself this – isn’t a simple, elegant solution less time-consuming and more satisfying than a complicated, unwieldy one?
May your holidays be merry and bright and just simply elegant!