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Buddha ways of doing business: HumbleLab Team and Nice Guys Finish Last phenomena

Reference from Diamond Cutter book;

Business problem: You live in a business and social climate where integrity is simply not respected; where only fools are strictly ethical every hour of their business day – where “Nice guys finish last”

This is the most serious of all business problems especially in our country, Myanmar. If you ask anyone who is doing business in Myanmar about “ethical ways of doing business”, I am sure they will tell you “you need to follow the rules if you want to be in the game”, rules as in, you know what I mean.

And again if you ask any seasoned businessperson, the same question then they can tell you that to work in an industry which does have a high regard for honesty and justice is truly a constantly uplifting feeling, whereas to labor a little world where goodness is considered foolishness is in itself a degrading experience.

There will be simply two groups of people, the ones who are against it and the one who are following the heck whatever everybody is doing. Salute to the former, this blog is for you and Good luck to the latter.

The most important thing to realize is that you cannot simply change the corrupt feeling around you, by avoiding the people who have no regard whatsoever of honesty and integrity, and in other words, you cannot change things through only by external means. And you need to aware that those feelings are the projections coming from your mind based on the imprints from your past experience.

Here is the excerpt from Diamond Cutter going deep dive into looking into this problem by showing different kinds of example how things are.

Beginning of excerpt.

I have hired literally hundreds of people for a wide range of positions over the last few decades, and in the course have had a few quit on me suddenly – though very few.

The conversion usually goes like this:

“I’ve decided to leave the company.”

“Why, what’s wrong? Is there anything I can do to help?”

“It’s no use; so-and-so (usually somebody sitting near the employee with slightly higher authority than him or her is driving me crazy. I can’t go on working with him; he’s really incompetent, and I feel I could do much better in another firm under a more intelligent boss. In fact I’ve already been for the interview and accepted a position with the other company, so this is my two weeks’ notice.”

“All right then, I can see there’s nothing I can do. But do keep in touch, and let me know how it’s working out at the new place.”

At any rate, you get back in touch with the former employee in about three weeks to ask how things are going in the new position: doesn’t hurt to hear a little about what your competitors are doing, after all.

More often than not, the person seems to be relaxed and happy in their new situation. You ask the individual to get back in touch with you in six months to see how things are going. And then, almost invariably, you begin to hear the exact same complaints the erstwhile employee was making in your own firm.

The imprints for having bad people around you, you see, aren’t changed by manipulating external circumstances. When most of us go into a room with ten people in it, we find three people we like pretty much, three people that we pretty much don’t like, and four people that we don’t feel much about either way. Then if we go into another room of ten people it’s just the same. Even if we take ten of the people we liked from three or four rooms like this and put them together in another room, we’d start to like three and dislike three others.

This is not a function of the external reality; in fact, there is no such thing. Rather it’s a question of the imprints in our own minds. Don’t look outside your industry to try to find another that’s more honest; change your own imprints, train yourself strictly in integrity itself, in the forceful logic behind integrity, and then just sit back and enjoy the change in your own industry as it happens. The change will be happened by your new imprints, not because you ran away from a bad situation, which in itself can never work.

End of excerpt

Here is the definition of integrity from Wikipedia.

Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It is generally a personal choice to uphold oneself to consistently moral and ethical standards.

In ethics, integrity is regarded by many people as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions

Here is the explanation of complete honesty from Diamond Cutter.

Complete Honesty in what you say is nothing less than assuring that the impression which your words leave on someone else matches the very impression you have in your mind.

This is a lot more difficult than what we normally think of as honesty! But if you keep it up over a good period of time, you’ll see your own credibility honored throughout your firm and the marketplace in which you move – it’s a great feeling, and also quite profitable.

That’s it HumbleLab. We did it, we did it with common honest purpose and with a magnitude of sheer effort. All we continue to do is to build strong integrity, with mutual trust and make sure to understand the above mentioned solution. Remember we are cultivating the seed for future, we are not just here for short term profit.  And I believe that this solution would be the foundation of our team future expansion.