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Don't just hate success?

If you live in the West of Scotland, the answer is probably a resoundingly loud YES. Though it clearly depends on your perspective. If you are the successful person in business you probably love it whereas everyone you meet will hate you for it. You know the kind of thing: "He doesn't deserve that.." or "He seems to forget he was brought up in Cranhill (a district of Glasgow which has had an ambivalent reputation for many years.)" or " Fur coat and nae k......s".

I'm sure you know even more expressions of sheer jealousy or hatred that the Scottish Parliament hasn't yet got round to - .

Business Cartoon #6318 by Andertoons

And what happens, I take two weeks off from literary creativity, resting the business is fun blog while I get on with other things, and I get a complaint or three - What's happened to the cartoon blog? Where's it been? Has it stopped? Success? Not sure I like this anymore.

Take Ebenezer Scrooge for example. He was the epitome of success [well if you want literary creativity, you'll have to put up with literary words like epitome, and characters from literature]: Scrooge ran a tight ship and he stuck to a firm and (actually) fair policy of dealing with his customers. So long as you keep paying, you keep your house - actually no different from today in many ways. His customers knew where they stood - even although many tried to prevaricate [literary word] and wriggle out of their obligations - and what the rules of the game were. Almost nothing caused Scrooge to waver from his rules, and, although he is portrayed in many visualisations as a humbug, he was nothing if not THE successful businessowner of his day.

Should success be unwavering, constant, conscious of nothing but its own rules? Profit the objective and the motive alone? Or can success be achieved with a greater degree of flexibility, with compassion? with morality and with ethics?

Without giving away the story, I think it is fair to say that, while we heard no more about Scrooge's business, you might suppose that it went from strength to strength, and that the requisite happy ending was not limited to Tiny Tim's survival.

So what kind of business owner are you as we approach Christmas yet again? Are you the cold, calm & collected Bond, James Bond who counts every last penny or have you been shaken by compassion and the spirits of past, present and of Christmases yet to come, and been stirred into the new style of business leadership where success comes through people?

Or will Tiny Tim surely (be allowed) to die?




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