Do you ever get weary and just plain worn out with the leadership responsibilities you have overseeing the 3, or 23 or 300 or more employees for which you are responsible? Workplace leadership is a taxing and potentially exhausting endeavor. Can you imagine what Moses’ days must have entailed leading the 1.5 million (some scholars say that number was more like 3 million) Israelites for the forty years he was in charge? To make matters more challenging, as the Israelites left Egypt they had no government, no economy, very few resources, no educational strategy, no judicial system, no infrastructures to support daily life, not even enough food and water to keep that many people alive on a daily basis! What a tiring, fatiguing, exhausting job Moses had taking care of and leading this company of people! But there was a secret that undoubtedly kept Moses going when he would have otherwise fallen over in sheer exhaustion. Continue reading
“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” said Joshua Persky, and with that in mind, the laid-off Manhattan banker took to the streets of New York to land a job…wearing a sign (a large poster on his back and one on the front of his body) advertising “MIT grad for hire.” It took almost a year but the determined and persistent man on a mission landed a well-paying job at an accounting firm. “I liked his resume. He had great business sense, great experience and great references”, said his new boss at the Manhattan firm. As for his unique brand of self-promotion, “it was very innovative” he thought. Persky was hired as a senior manager with a handsome income. “It feels so great to be back at work. I went through some frustrating times, but every day I tried to be optimistic.” Continue reading
Recession or not, every business and company must pay close attention to bottom lines and business growth trends. We all want our organizations to flourish, expand, and reach more consumers with greater profitability and wider market impact. As a result, it’s easy to get caught up in the numbers game where we are counting heads, dollars, attendance, and raw results as compared to last year, etc. While that’s not all bad, if we aren’t careful we can be reduced to trusting in numbers and find ourselves relying less and less on the Lord. Continue reading
In his book The Church of Irresistible Influence, Robert Lewis asserts that with all the skepticism and post-modern thinking that the Church has lost most of its connection to the world and become both irrelevant and ineffective. He argues that the Church cannot sequester itself behind closed doors.
In order to fulfill its mission in the world, church members must actively engage the world, says Lewis, taking the gospel both in deed and word to coworkers and friends. One of his bottom lines is that it is a good thing when church members strive to be conspicuously Christian. Continue reading
I heard a father tell the story recently of his 6th grade daughter who came home with an F on her test. The young girl feared the worst but her dad wanted to teach her the concept of grace so he took her to her favorite restaurant and to a movie for a fun evening out. He explained to her that though an F is unacceptable, he still loved her and wanted to bless and demonstrate his love for her. When the little girl went to school the next day her friend asked, “What did your dad do when you told him you made an F”? “He took me out to eat at my favorite restaurant and then on to a really cool movie,” she replied. Continue reading
Mary Kay Ash, the American businesswoman famous for the cosmetic empire she created, is quoted as saying, “Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’” I expect that if we all followed this suggestion in our businesses and workplaces we would sell more products and services, enjoy our jobs far more, make a lot more friends through our workplace experiences, enjoy a much richer reputation, and really bless the Lord… all at the same time. It seems to me that many of the problems we encounter (or create) in the marketplace are a result of low self-esteems, defeated spirits, and/or negative attitudes that could be attributed in many to a very low evaluation of self-worth. Continue reading