Giri – The Japanese Secret to Relationship Building

Giri – The Japanese Secret to Relationship Building

In the business jungle, the Junglepreneur should usually have a team of people that work for the business or project. If you do then it is vital to also invest in their training and development and keep them well motivated as required. As part of this team, there will however be a few key people who are always there for the Junglepreneur, are most supportive, and willing to go the extra mile without any ulterior motive or compensation in mind.

Such people are rare to have and you must also reciprocate by being of value to them. If you are lucky enough to have them then there is a principle which the Junglepreneur must be aware of and must apply to this group of people. It is called the principle of ‘Giri’. In Japanese, ‘Giri’ connotes an obligatory giving relationship.

For this set of people, the Junglepreneur is obligated to support them in their own projects or when they need your support. At such times you must be there for them by all means and even if it will cost you dearly or will be inconvenient. For these people, the Junglepreneur must have no excuses as it is ‘Giri’ that you be there for them when they need you.

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