Has Fairness in Business Disappeared?

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Thoughts | No Comments

fairnessMy wife, Susanne, and I, are two of the luckiest people I know. We both wake up feeling excited about the day ahead and go to bed satisfied about the day we’ve had. Nevertheless, we both have our foibles…

…and mine is fairness; or to be more specific, the lack of it. It’s for this reason I came over all controversial this month.

Having heard one too many stories of some artists being treated badly by some galleries, I decided to write an open letter to the industry(which I’m delighted to say some national magazines have chosen to publish).

Although the first draft of the letter was rather angry, I quickly realised that finger pointing is a sure way of pushing the recipient back into their fears (which, in itself, is a nice metaphor). So I decided to redraft it and make it more of a call-to-arms.

We can all be susceptible to the fear that there may not be enough (one of the main reasons of not paying a supplier promptly, I guess) but, like I said in last month’s newsletter, it’s how we choose to act upon those fears that determines our resulting experience.

When we act from fear, I’m a great believer that we’re supporting that experience; rather as if by projecting that image onto our subconscious turns that projection into a reality.

Of course, stepping out into the road when a car’s coming isn’t wise and I’m not suggesting we challenge fate to those ends. But I believe taking a step away from fear is also taking one towards love (the true opposite of fear).

It’s my belief there is enough. I think it’s just how we perceive it and distribute it that creates our reality. So I do hope my call-to-arms will engage even one gallery (or any other business for that matter) enough to reconsider how they treat their artists or suppliers…

…if not because protecting your supplier means protecting your own business, then simply because it’s the fair thing to do… and that by envisaging that abundance, it could confirm that it’s a reality for them, too.