I have been soaking on this comment every day since Wayne responded to my post. Some days, I embrace what he said about relationships taking priority over results. At other times…I argue (with myself) and land in the other corner – because results matter.
It seems as though many businesses are willing to sacrifice relationships in order to achieve results. We know that is wrong…people are intrinsically more valuable than company profits. However, there are plenty of organizations (e.g. churches and other missional groups) that sacrifice results to protect relationships. When they protect feelings or fail to address issues of performance, goals and objectives are not met.
I submit that both relationships AND results matter. Neither one should be sacrificed for the other. God gave us clear instructions (in both the Old and New Testaments) to love and care for others.
But, He also gave us work to do…and told us to be results oriented (e.g. “be fruitful”).
Therefore, we should be on the alert whenever one or the other is at risk:
- Whenever I am tempted to sacrifice relationships for results, then stop. Something is wrong.
- Whenever I am tempted to sacrifice results for relationships, then stop. Something is wrong.
Thanks for listening.