People are drawn to each other by common interests or passion. You build a connection and establish friendship and trust. As soon as a bond is fostered you are well on the way to keep a tight-knit community. Over time the community encounters relationship problems because of the eccentricity or differences of opinions of its members. Nonetheless, there would be settled differences if everyone is open to rational discussion to resolve the issues.
A tribe can be family, online partners, traditional business associates, or friends. Any sector will have to deal with survival techniques in order to keep thriving. There may be a lot to learn but the bottom line is that you learn trust and love among all others. A tribe can learn from its ancestors, and in the case of family, or predecessors, for associates.
The best formula for thriving is the way Jesus handled his tribe from twelve apostles to billions of followers. They were taught the tenets of love, especially laying down one’s life for one’s friends. His apostles were a mixture of personalities, and yet, they remained in harmony under the baton of a great Master.
Where there were two who were aspiring for greatness, they were taught humility and selflessness. Each one was aware of one’s own worth, and thus they respected each other. They shared a common affinity towards their Master while He was with them. But when they were subjected to trials they were found to have little faith and yet Jesus remained with them, understanding their frailties and supporting them. He was betrayed by one and denied by another. He did not leave His flock but they left Him, except for one, when he was arrested and crucified. Yet He loved them to the end. Their experiences with Him made a great impact on their lives so that when they were at their weakest, they remembered His teachings and lived by them, and followed His example of dying for the faith and their tribe. Until now, their legacy keeps moving forward.
Basing on this experiential technique, love is the stimulus for a tribe to thrive. Spurred by love for a common interest or good, a business community will surely survive and prosper. As is normal in a community, a breakdown of communication or erosion of trust will make matters worse, if not resolved immediately.
Forgiveness with justice is a conditional option to resolve matters due to a breach of trust. On the other hand, forgiveness with mercy is unconditional and can save both member and organization from collapsing morally, because the greater majority may be right and just, yet are still upholding love of “neighbor” and the principle of second chance.
A community will thrive if the members feel a “connection” or belongingness. Opening communication, exchanging of ideas, building of confidence, boosting of morale, and advocating training should be fostered. Support groups in crisis situations should always be available and in connection with other linkages encouraged. One’s mission should be replicated for more team players to join. Let your tribe increase!

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