Check this out: https://www.jnj.com/about-jnj/jnj-credo
When trouble hits, what's your first inclination?
According to this, for Johnson & Johnson, it's:
Community and only after then,
The company was founded in 1886 so we should probably learn from them.
Nowadays we are being watched, rated, liked and commented upon like never before.
Customers first. Apologise if you get it wrong. What's your credo? (Here's some advice on creating one http://smallbusiness.chron.com/business-credo-22863.html with the caveat that Walmart is not the first company I think of when I think of good practices.) >
Today, I just want to recognise the power of words.
In the early hours of the morning after the Manchester Arena bombing, The Sun printed possibly the most incredible piece of writing I've ever seen.
They'd found a member of the IRA whose opinion was that Corbyn and McDonnell didn't help bring about the cause of peace in Northern Ireland, but prolonged the conflict.
Now, you probably know, I'm a thousand percent Corbyn & McDonnell, but even I was having doubts reading this piece.
All it was was this guy's view. There are plenty of other views and of course, Corbyn's fought for peace all his life. Of course he wasn't getting off the whole thing.
I won't link to the article, but if you search for "wallowing in infantile revolutonary glee" (with the speech marks) you'll probably find it, and it gives you an idea of what to expect.
So let's just see where the power comes from.
"Labour pair were snivelling IRA fanboys as it unleashed slaughter on Britain"
There are the adjectives. Snivelling.
"Labour pair" makes it sound like they acted alone and not as part of a peace movement.
"Fanboys" belittles them and says they lauded the IRA.
"Forget Corbyn’s pathetic lies about 'helping the peace process'."
An actual instruction. 'Pathetic', another adjective. And you can hear the snidey attitude in 'oohhh, helping the peace process were you?'.
This is really powerful writing, and it's powerful because it reaches deep into our brain and hits trust and doubt.
So what I want us to learn from this is the opposite. To recognise the power of language, and to harness it for for good. For love. For truth. For the positive.
So we're back to purpose, and to Anita Roddick. Business is about finding a sustainable way of effecting the change you want in the world.
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