"You have increased the number of your merchants
till they are more numerous than the stars in the sky,
but like locusts they strip the land
and then fly away" - Nahum 3:16.
In Nahum 3, the prophet Nahum spoke out against Nineveh for a variety of sins. In this particular verse, he confronted their bad business practice of partnerships that were designed to take and not give. These partnerships seemed to be predatory and had only one vision in mind: maximize their profits and then move on to new fields that they could strip bare. This offended the Lord, so much so that the prophet, God's mouthpiece, spoke out against the practice to condemn it. Leaders must determine the nature of and reason for their partnerships in business, but these partnerships (including those with employees) should benefit many and not just the self-centered interests of the company and stockholders.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to do a partnership assessment with your staff, suppliers, customers and other publics. Is the nature of these partnerships to take and serve self-interests, or do they exist to benefit the environment, the community, and the long-term interests of employees and their families? Is everyone better off due to these relationships, or do you need to adjust the purpose of some of them to reflect an attitude of servant leadership?