By Andy Hale
Do you remember that classic scene from the 1987 classic Wall Street, staring Michael Douglas, in which Gordon Gekko boldly states: “The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.”?
The movie, in its contextual state of the 1980’s boom of Wall Street traders and average investors all seeking big profits with the line of greed and financial success being blurred, is intended to shock the audience. Ironically, three decades later, this is the relative norm.
The reality is that no matter what the vocational field, there is always an undercurrent of competition. We live in a dog-eat-dog world.
Let’s just use the field of vocational ministry as an example; there tend to be ministers vying for the same jobs or posturing to have the next attention-grabbing social media post (article, YouTube video, sermon, etc.). Let’s not even get started on the cut throat world of church competition and member swapping…
“We compete because we love the thrill of the challenge and it gives us a way to compare ourselves to others. We all want to be seen as winners,” said author Randy Ross. “But if our tendency toward competition causes us to self-promote to the point of disrespecting others or minimizing their contributions, then we can destroy collaboration.”
We sat down with author Randy Ross to discuss his new book, Relationomics: Business Powered by Relationships. Randy is a former minister that focuses his energy on specializing in team development and organizational health.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy