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Karma and Competition

I wanted to share this Blog form my good friend Bob Flappan that just started his consulting company.

“The Indian religious concept of Karma essentially means that there is a cause and effect between our intentions and deeds of today and our future happiness or suffering.  In modern Western culture, we might say – what comes around goes around.

Those of us that have spent our lives in the world of business know the benefits of competition.  Competition causes us to do our best, innovate and improve to win and flourish in the marketplace.

So, are these two concepts interrelated?  I say they are. Interestingly, when I did a Google search for “Karma and Competition” there were a very small number of sites that came up.[1]

I was swimming laps at our community center this weekend and at the end of a lap stopped for a moment to talk to the woman that was sharing my lane.  “This is so boring”, she said.  I responded with, “I am thinking of the laps as creating good karma, so for me it has become more than just a physical act I am doing to compete with myself and stay healthy.  This actually keeps it from getting boring.”  She gave me a wry smile and pushed off for her next lap.

The point is, we can and should compete in the business world with more than just intentions on making metrics, getting bonuses and obtaining promotions.  Focus on the karma as well and your daily experience will be much more meaningful. We need to consider how our every intention and deed is knotted together with the intentions and deeds of others. As business leaders, this is especially true. Go forth and conquer, but create good karma while at it!”

I had the privilege to volunteer with Bob Flappan for couple of years. I am proud of the company that he just created because he will help people become better leaders.

This is his contact information:

Quality1st Consulting, 11020 West 122nd Street, Overland Park, KS, 66213, United States

9135309027

bob.flappan@quality1stconsulting.com

https://www.quality1stconsulting.com/

 

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