Friday, August 16, 2013

Protect your clients and save yourself

When in business one lays down some ground rules. One makes sure to have a safe environment to work in, both physically and emotionally. The world is full of lawyers and rules, some rules which make little sense today because they are historical relics while others invite ridicule.

When working with customers one tends to think about what could go wrong, usually from both points of view, yours and theirs. This looking out for the next person or the pitfalls which may never occur has a basis found in many places in the Torah and this week's parsha is just one example.

In 22:8 we see this:
8When you build a new house, you shall make a guard rail for your roof, so that you shall not cause blood [to be spilled] in your house, that the one who falls should fall from it [the roof]. ח. כִּי תִבְנֶה בַּיִת חָדָשׁ וְעָשִׂיתָ מַעֲקֶה לְגַגֶּךָ וְלֹא תָשִׂים דָּמִים בְּבֵיתֶךָ כִּי יִפֹּל הַנֹּפֵל מִמֶּנּוּ:
Moshe told the people about this law...and they have been wandering in the desert for 40 years and had no roofs yet. A great example of why it says "when you will build a new house" that it is forward thinking. Hashem was looking out for people, on your behalf.

Since we know everything in life has a purpose, even though we do not comprehend it at the time, what are we learning from this. One explanation is that Hashem did not want us to be the downfall of someone else through his means. If you were destined to die, it would not be helpful to your friends or anyone that you die on their land. Adding extra protection to something that seems out of the ordinary would save even one life, and your own reputation, makes it worth it. 

When we look at everything our client is trying to do, we aim to not just complete our project but along the way safe guard them a little bit ore where possible because that little bit extra can go along way in saving someone's life or reputation later.

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Parsha Ki Teitzei in the book of Devarim, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 It is said that the Torah or Bible
could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring a business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom