Yesterday, we talked a bit about a large family-owed business and how to deal lovingly with a brother who is being kind of obnoxious.
Here are a couple more things to consider:
3. You don’t merge with the other companies as a way of resolving the situation
In any marketplace, companies have distinctives. These distinctives, whether about how a product is made or what ingredients are included or what kind of answer this is, are part of what makes the company. Though both are beverages, Coke is not Pepsi. Though both are transportation, a car is not a bicycle.
This principle is true in the marketplace of ideas and the marketplace of faith as well. To respond to your obnoxious sibling by going to the competitor he’s attacking and saying, “Hey, I’m sorry. You and us? We’re just the same” doesn’t fool your competitor. It merely means that you aren’t clear about your own company.
4. More than ever, you make sure that you understand the business principles of your dad.
It’s interesting how often we think we understand something we heard in a lecture until we try to apply it when we are doing our homework … or when we are watching a life wither in front of us.
For example, what if your oldest brother says,
“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.”
That raises difficult questions. What does that mean if you haven’t ever met him? What does that mean if he’s using social media? Why is it my responsibility to do anything other that critiquing him?
Answering those is a lot of thinking, a lot of conversation.
But isn’t living the point of the business?