It’s basically an excuse to be a complete a$$hole and screw up peoples lives for ones own gain. Huge large corporations lack this, and they only make up for it on volume. $15.30. here’s another example – my boss and i are friendly, she is very good to me. How about just kicking people out of their houses or denying someone their insurance benefits because the company you work for is a “boil on the butt of humanity”? It is a matter of what we chose to direct our energy to. Opened from the Inside: Taking the Stronghold of Zion Bob Sorge. Responses must be helpful and on-topic. Sometimes, it can be just as bad when they turn on each other. to address an example you gave in your question, @tinyfaery, “how bout kicking people out of their houses.” I can think of some instances where someone would be kicking a tenant out of their apartment, like if the tenant had not paid rent for a long time. They use their lack of this observation as the justification for their actions that can cause suffering or death. It wasn’t personal, I’m sure. Sorry, Michael Corleone. And would the world be a better place if the idea that we can screw as many people as we like as long as it’s our job to do so did not exist? "Stacking the Deck" is about leading transformational change, and as Dave points out, you can't go it alone. Something horrible can happen to you, but you shouldn’t be upset about it because it didn’t happen because someone was mad at you or hated you. Executives with ambitious agendas are often loathe (as Dave admits he once was) to "waste time" on activities like offsites where people can get to know each other by talking about their personal stories, passions and dreams. It's strictly business.". I think that’s a limiting perspective grounded in the dollar and not the heart. They must be socialist or worse, communist. Covid-19 has not been an equal opportunity virus: It goes after people in poor health and those whose daily lives expose them to greater contact with others. For advice about employing family members and other staff please get in touch with Richard Gvero. In that time, my job was eliminated ~6 times as the economy fluctuated or the company went through structural changes. The reality is that business today is very personal. Even successful mobile app companies like Warby Parker and Rent the Runway understand this, opening brick-and-mortar stores to provide customers with that all-important "personal touch" whether they're shopping for glasses or evening wear. how long is the landlord supposed to go without his payment? Michael: Business is always personal. Paperback. If they continue to fail, then that is when the business side has to kick in. 52 likes All Members Who Liked This … Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, an astounding 53% of the American population felt anxious about personal finances. Cross it, and it’s not personal – it’s just business. Business is human relationship first. Not convinced? If that's not mission critical for a business, then it's probably not a business that will be around for long. Why did you let 20,000 people starve to death yesterday, while you ate your fill? To join, you must be at least Her business responsibilities rose in tandem. For-profit companies are out to make money. Yes, there are times when someone may have lost their job and be having a bad streak of luck, but then the landlord should be expected to carry them? I will be celebrating my 20 th wedding anniversary on June 1, 2016, (I married young, by the way). $11.73. Ms. Lichtenberg takes the opposite approach, that all business progress begins with sound business relationships. This is something people can do when their determination belongs to one or more greater authorities. Competitive gaming ethics should not be applied to business. @tinyfaery : i re-read your examples, and you talk about the examples i cited, and you talk about killing, but then you say you know killing is an extreme example. Whenever you have situations that involve money, reputation, or ego and relationships, it is personal. —Business Wire, 15 August 2016. The inane flaw in this thinking is that support from the right people makes our work easier, more productive, and more fulfilling. And that's what makes his counsel so valuable. If someone does something, for instance kill someone, as a part of their job, how does that not make them personally accountable? But it can serve as a handy stand-in. Oops. $13.74. In that time, my job was eliminated ~6 times as the economy fluctuated or the company went through structural changes. I worked for the same company for 24 years. I know Dave knows what he's talking about--he's one of my mentors. I am a landlord (I hate that word, I sometimes say “landservant,”) Many of us learn that we shouldn't take things personally, it's just business. A phrase added before someone says something really shitty, in hopes of easing the severity of the comment. Today is National Voter Registration Day! Paperback. But the vitriol is not always confined to attacking Republicans. From "The Godfather" a famous quote from Michael Corleone (Al Pacino): It's not personal Sonny, it 's strictly businnes. I have evicted people before, and often it was “personal.” they broke their promises to pay the rent or abide by the rules. Anyone who uses a phrase like that is trying to justify their refusal to use ethical behavior. A lot of the confusion in business relationships between people who are also friends arises because the participants don’t practice proper business etiquette. That’s for when people prize making money over the personal relationship they’ have with someone. Envy: The Enemy Within Bob Sorge. Please try again. I was reminded of this while reading a new book by David Pottruck, a veteran executive who has established dozens of meaningful connections over the course of his storied career. As business leaders, we want the personal dedication and commitment from our teams to fuel our company success. But emails, text messages and conference calls alone aren't enough to build and nurture relationships. And we like to know that we are making a difference when we put our heart and soul into something. We’ve stopped making an effort- stopped taking the time. When we get back to the office, pack your things. I don’t know if he ever read it, but I know it represents his sentiments about being in a situation where he was killing German soldiers because “it was just business.”. Through caring and building relationships as a leader, business becomes personal. 2 days of good vs 5 days of grab fest seems like a no win situation to me…. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do? The legal procedure to evict a tenant is long, arduous and expensive so when a landlord proceeds with one, it is business. “it's just business nothing personal...” ― mario puzo Read more quotes from Mario Puzo. Part of HuffPost Business. I acknowledge that a persons home is VERY personal and deal with people in a compassionate way. The phrase that was tossed around more than once when this dumping thing happened was, “It’s not personal, it’s just business.” The clients sort of … What is your notion of ethical behavior in the financial world. This can also come in the form of "it's not personal." Sheriffs are usually the ones to actually remove people from their shelters. Every choice we make is personal. You're not alone if you wonder who should be attributed as the author of the famous quotation "It is what it is." Berman was an accountant for the mob in the 1930s, a business where distancing yourself from the human impact was a pretty imperative requirement. He has bills to pay and other considerations. I disagree that it’s not scalable. If people sign an agreement to pay their debts and fail to do so, most companies are willing to work with a person to a certain degree. Three of those managers recruited me for future jobs; maybe that is what helped me understand that it wasn’t personal. Should I let my boss in on a co-worker who lies through his teeth? It feels miserable to require that someone move on, or worse yet, go to jail. Therefore, not personal, meaning not against my friend, but it would be business (again, i don’t have my friends work for me for that reason). The secret sauce for a small business is its ability to be personal. It's our nature to seek out human interaction even during superficial exchanges. Of course there are some exceptions but it is usually the way it is and I believe should be. I think the statement is beneficial if it’s not coming from a third party. Watch for scale to be used this way in discussions of things like vacation plans, turn-out-the-vote efforts, and exercise routines: that’s when we’ll know that we’re seeing a real evolution in the everyday use of this word. You are correct, as far as you go, but to use such a phrase to justify one’s actions is, in my opinion, reprehensible. I don’t know if I could do something like this which is why I just make a good worker and not a leader lol. They were from the client that dumped us. And so are all the corporate phonies who cite this pseudo-proverb from The Godfather as an excuse to avoid taking a genuine and substantial interest in the people around them. I have considered the idea that if one does something to protect others from harm, for money, that might be a justifiable reason to do what otherwise someone would never do. In business we are engaged in the act of being busy. Many workers are not inclined “to sleep their way to the top." Founded by William W. Scarborough, the bank opened on Third Street between Vine and Walnut Streets, then the city’s financial district. Of course, sometimes it’s both – and in those situations, the third party will try to get themselves off with this. Successful leaders spend time building rapport, empathy and, most of all, trust among team members -- and it doesn't happen overnight. The history of “business ethics” depends on how one defines it. ;-). 4.2 out of 5 stars 7. Signifying that what they have done is not wrong because competitive games ethical should be apply to business and not personal moral ethics. To see what your friends thought of this quote, please sign up! If we want to keep our business relationships personal by offering more than a website can offer, then we need to make them personal. You’re wrong. It’s strictly business.”. Often used this way by the Lovable Traitor and the Punch-Clock Villain. 05 April 2019. I just read Rediscovering Values And Jim Wallis explains it (Much better than me) like the markets and money are a form of idol worship with the pundits and the wall street giants being the high priests. Recommend to friends. The difference is, that I will try to negotiate payment arrangements if the issue is temporary and there seems to be a reasonable plan that can work, or I will work with them to move and avoid an eviction on their record. Share this quote: Like Quote. By saying, “nothing personal, it’s just business” he was trying to absolve himself for his poor behavior … and hide his incompetence that led to the situation in the first place. One final note: when I read your description, it reminded me of a poem by Thomas Hardy called, The Man He Killed. There is a famous scene in the classic movie The Godfather, where Michael Corleone, off to meet with an enemy, says, “It’s not personal, it’s just business.”. Please note the contents of this blog are given for information only and must not be relied upon. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote. this reminds me of another similiar phrase in common usage; when people say ‘no offense’ or ‘with all due respect’, what they really mean is ‘go [gouda] yourself’. ©2020 Verizon Media. That's not what you want to be. I worked for the same company for 24 years. Trust me; very few people, if any, enjoy being in that role. (ugh, should’ve read @jca‘s quip first… deleting main body…). This perfect world you seek does exist but only on the weekends when the vast majority of the world is off work and praying to theirs Gods and honoring the moral code of good conduct. 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