Originally written in May 2008.
I have to admit something here and say that from as early as I can remember, BUSINESS was an entity completely removed from anything, that in any way, was the slightest bit personal. My father was (and still is) very, very old school with the belief system of “The world is a jungle,” “Business is a ‘dog-eat-dog’ situation,” “They’re all animals out there.” Get the picture?
So, when I ended up getting both my Bachelors and Masters degrees in psychology, from the family perspective, it quickly became obvious that my knowledge and understanding had no place in the World of Business.
Fast forward - - Even today, I have to admit that I'm still a little surprised every time I see a Business-related article that has to do with what I would have considered the personal side of things.
The thing that seems particularly crazy to me now, is that Business certainly is, and always has been, made up of people, and anything that has to do with people has to have its personal side. How could/can it be looked at in any other way?
I just read an article that was describing the shift that is taking place in the Business World, away from the “Hard Skills” to the “Soft Skill”side of things.
I read another article in AOL Coaches espousing “The Power of Nice.” And the thing that prompted me to write on this particular theme was an article that I just read in Corporate Logo, The Voice of the Promotional Products Industry entitled “The Powers of Belief and Expectation.”
I guess the bottom-line for me is that I’m happy to see things moving in the direction they are. More awareness ... More openness ... Better balance. And I can see huge opportunity for me to fit in with what I know.
Somehow it makes me think of a statement made by Henry Ford, “Businessmen go down with their businesses because they like the old way so well they cannot bring themselves to change.”