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Takeaway #34 on Allies and Playing Hard but Fair via #GetoBoys

I feel I’m being tailed by the same sucker’s head lights

Is it that fool that I ran off the block?

…Or is it the one I beat for five thousand dollars

Thought he had ‘caine but it was Gold Medal Flour

…I live by the sword

I take my boys everywhere I go, because I’m paranoid

I keep lookin over my shoulder and peepin around corners

My mind is playin tricks on me

Geto Boys   Mind Playing Tricks On Me; We Can’t Be Stopped

It is fine to be competitive, but there is no need to be cut-throat.  If your approach is scorched earth and win-at-all-cost then you will be without an ally and perpetually live in the defensive mode.  This guy has burned every bridge in town, pulling fast cons on people leaving him literally trying to watch his back for fear that someone will do him in.  This is not thriving in the game.

You need a reputation that is above board.  People need to know that you believe in healthy competition, but not cheating at all costs.  It is a reflection on your organization’s standing in the community and allows you to sleep with both eyes closed.

Otherwise you can live by the sword and expect your most fierce competitors to turn you into the regulators at the first infraction they spot in your operation or to gang up against you on any given opportunity.  You need allies beyond the confines of your organization.  Without allies in your field, you will be victim to the cartel that allies against you.  Friends close, but enemies closer.

 

BPM TAKEAWAY#34:

  • PLAY HARD, BUT FAIR

  • MAINTAIN STRATEGIC ALLIES

About codemizell

The Beats Per Management collective (“The BPM”) is curator for C.O.D.E Mizell and supports the repurposing of hip hop content for professional success. BPM consists of former Hip Hop junkies now living in the corporate world. BPM members carried milk crates of 12” records when “bpm” used to mean beats-per-minute for mixing music, now BPM members focus on Excel spreadsheets, legal briefs, power points, whiteboard-scribbling and business plans. BPM cannot shake the instant recall of Hip Hop lyrics. The good news is that BPM realized that these lyrics had application to its daily management concerns. BPM does not claim to have captured the true artist intent in its lyrical analysis, BPM seeks only to celebrate the role that hype-lyrics can play in the daily grind to get business done in the corporate world. This is not a glorification of urban pop-culture or a debate on the poetic merits of rap, we leave that to the literary critics and socio-political commentators. If you disagree with BPM send us your spin on the lyrics. We have an open mind, and hope you do. The “BPM Takeaways” dispense reminders for your business day. Hopefully, the next time a referenced-cut is heard on the radio, it will trigger your “Takeaway” and not just flashbacks to the music video. A quote-a-day will make you a better executive. BPM hopes to keep all advice short and to the point – Executive Summary Style. Technically the lyrics are “raps” and the culture of the genre is “hip hop” but lets not get overly technical -- substance not form that controls here. The point is you are putting that untapped knowledge to use. And to think they said that Hip-Hop would get you nowhere…puhhleasse. -Roscoe Waxx for BPM

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