Moving forward often requires placing our favored pet projects on the chopping block to move forward without them.
It’s easy to see which projects need the axe, but accepting so proves more difficult. Right away, we know what costs more and can’t carry its own weight—which projects don’t sow “good karma” (so to speak) and which ones generate the necessary buzz of a “freemium” business model.
The keepers stay afloat, being able to generate and lift. Some things need carrying in their beginnings, but you can only carry so much baggage. Axe whatever weighs more than you can carry. · · · →
Businesses know it is bad business to badmouth other businesses. Competition between coffee shops and skate shops can get downright ugly, but there is a line of negativity that these entrepreneurs know must not be crossed. Those who cross it ensnare their customers in a guild feud and their business walks out overnight.
In business, this is easy to understand: Respect your competition.
This fully applies to Sunday morning “fellowship” congregations, but only in practice, never in name. If you see the business guild on Sunday morning for what it is, “respect between competitors” is easy to navigate. Pastors “respecting each others’ parishioners” makes perfect sense, you will know what to say and not say and when to say and not say it. The entire collection of Sunday morning territorial turf battles are perfectly sensible, if seen from the vantage point of respect between business competitors.
But, pastors can’t explain it so cut and dry. · · · →