Now, today I’m going to blog about responsibility. I know just a casual consideration of this first statement I have made, might make you start asking what the hell I’m up to today. Never mind pal; we will soon be flowing before you know it. Responsibility is simply being accountable for your thinking, decisions, actions etc., to yourself, people around you and the entire society as many personal decisions we make on a day to day basis affect people way beyond ourselves. It also means accepting and identifying with the outcomes or results of your decisions and actions. Just as individuals should be responsible, entrepreneurs should too!
And talking about responsibility, I mean entrepreneurship responsibility – for the purpose of this blog. I’m referring to responsible entrepreneurship. Responsible entrepreneurship has been defined as that kind of entrepreneurship that enhance its positive contribution to society whilst minimizing negative impacts on people and the environment; treating customers and competitors honestly; caring about the well-being of employees and consumers; acting as good citizens in the local community and preserving natural resources and the environment.
I know that the majority of entrepreneurs globally are responsible. Yes – I mentioned the majority. I simply can’t stand for some ‘entrepreneurs’ who just screw things up and create very bad impressions about the rest. Anyway, leaving that aside for now, what are some of the top or key considerations we must take into account to assess responsible entrepreneurship? How can an entrepreneur check himself if he or she fits the bill? What measures can society or humanity use to determine responsible entrepreneurship? In my opinion, the following are issues that cannot be ignored. Just read on.
Now, these are reality checks. If you happen to be an entrepreneur who finds himself or herself wanting in some of the above, don’t rain unprintable words against me or run away from this blog. Ok? It’s never too late to change. This blog is for you. We all miss some things sometimes. If you happen to be a consumer who finds his supplier cum entrepreneur wanting in some of the above, don’t boycott their business or return everything including a piece of cloth you bought from them ten years ago. Ok? They are humans like you and have tried to add value to your life in their feeble way.
Some of the above points bite – but medicine is good and gives healing!
For entrepreneurs that are likeminded in attaining the higher standards, best wishes and God speed.
Enjoy yourself – and take care,
The Wise Entrepreneur