The Giving Takeaways
A baker and a farmer lived in a tiny English village. The two men had a friendly arrangement where the farmer would sell a pound of butter to the baker each day.
One morning, the baker weighed the butter to see if he’d received the correct amount. Surprisingly, he discovered that the farmer had sold him less butter than he’d paid for. Angry about the unfairness, he promptly took the farmer to court.
At the hearing, the judge questioned the farmer about his weighing methods.. “Your honour, I am but a lowly farmer and do not own a proper measure. I simply use an old-fashioned scale,” the farmer humbly replied.
“But how do you weigh the butter then?” enquired the judge. The farmer replied, “Your honour, long before the baker started buying butter from my farm, I’ve been purchasing a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when he brings me the bread, I place it on my scale and give him the same weight in butter.”
Newton’s iconic third law of physics dictates, ‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction’. Interestingly, this universal law also extends to subjects of humanities and businesses. How we treat others invoke equal and reciprocal reactions.
A mature organization understands that fairness in dealings (be it with employees, clients or vendors) is not merely about good humanities; it also makes for excellent business sense. You see, for a value-driven entity whose prime focus is its ethos, the business outcomes are merely by-products!