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Ethics in business June 2, 2008

Posted by Phil Jeudy in Culture.
Gaul before complete Roman conquest circa 58 BC.  Gallia Narbonensis was influenced by Romans and Greeks.  Aquitania was inhabited or influenced by Basques.  Gallia Belgica was influenced by Germanic tribes.

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I lived a very strange moment today during a business conference where I was meeting a lot of people I haven’t seen since I started my new venture with Jacques Froissant.

Thinking of it for the last time now, this is what I could say:

– Business relation is a Human relation, on the top of things. Whatever conflicts you can have, or just see. But never forget that this is all about Human relations.

– Stay calm. Never be aggressive. Fundamentally once you lose control, just consider that you’re finished. This is the worst thing that can happen in business situation. People will know. And potentially you will lose part of your influence.

– Don’t be afraid of your competitors, don’t fear the competition. It makes you stronger. Struggle for your job, your network, your revenues, your reputation, your influence, is not street fight. It comes from what you know and how you use this knowledge, amongst other things. The strength of your spark light comes from the way you generate it, not the way you use it.

– Don’t be obsessed by codes. Codes are traps potentially. Codes are wrong direction sometimes. Open your eyes, see how world is changing, adapt yourself.

The worst thing to me is the negative impact this stupid situation was for a French nice person living in California I was starting to introduce to some people I know. She did not understand and she’s right. Just another French story to tell later. End of story.


1. a_A - June 3, 2008

Don’t expect apple from a banana tree 🙂

I know that you’re good in what you so don’t be disappointed.

2. Julien - June 3, 2008

Hum… this must have been a bad experience, to what I understand : sorry or this; but another great tip is to “turn the page”!

3. Nicolas Schriver - June 8, 2008

I am agree with you, you should not fear competition. If you have a lot of competition, this is great, because it means two things:

– Your idea has such a good potential that other people are willing to fight for it.
– It will give you adrenaline, because of the competition, and adrenaline will help you move forward.

4. michaellgooch - June 9, 2008

Remaining calm is one of the most important aspects of a great business leader. Or any other leader. The most important aspect we can display is calm. The worse the news, the calmer a leader will become. As the team goes into crisis overdrive, they will look for the calm center. Our behavior during bad news times will determine if we stay focused or dive into chaos. Our appropriate conduct will solidify our leadership positions, and we will come out of the fire stronger and sharper than ever before. All we have to do is remain calm and deliver the news. In the past, someone noted that Ulysses S. Grant “doesn’t scare worth a damn.” That pretty much sums it up. http://www.michaellgooch.com

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