“If You Can’t Join Them, Beat Them”

This phrase exemplifies the power of exclusion.

I heard it from a successful businessman. He started many projects and companies on his own because he was shut-out from other opportunities. By keeping him out, they created their own competition.

By excluding people, you create impediments to your project’s success.  It affects driven and capable people the most (who are exactly the people you want on your team, the linchpins).

Take the time to listen to people on your team. Make people feel included.

3 Responses to ““If You Can’t Join Them, Beat Them””

  1. Geoff Crane

    Right there is the reason I see so many people suffer in business. Not because they’re the ones being snubbed or marginalized…but because they did the snubbing or marginalizing. People need to take a longer term view of their own behaviour, I think. There’s consequences to everything.
    Thanks for that, Mark! :-)

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