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Manipulation Doesn't Work
Why it doesn't work.
The reason manipulation and control doesn't work is the same reason deceit, dishonesty, and cheating doesn't work.
I like what Seth Godin said in his blog post, titled, The Benefit of the Doubt. He said, "you can manipulate someone by scowling, by nagging, by putting on airs. But if you do that, you end up with people who have been manipulated, who are wounded and not ready to soar." Wow. That's some message, huh? What it means to me is that if we want to control people, what we'll get is a bunch of weak people who act like puppets who will only move the way we want them to move. In such a case, we will go backwards. Nothing we do will grow, because only planted seeds grow, not seeds that never take root. If we want new and constant growth we have to continue to plant new seeds. Otherwise we will continue to get the same ole overgrown plants.
We must constantly innovate and improve.
Case-in-point: My rationale as to why K-Mart is going out of business is that they tried to manipulate customers. They thought they were safe and they underestimated customer intelligence. They tried to fool us. It didn't work. Such a practice will render an organization (or person) unhelpful, broke, and out of business.
Manipulation simply doesn't work.
But wisdom does. "Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding" (Proverbs 3:13). For daily encouragement, visit and share this blog, my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
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