Goals: Means and ends

December 15, 2018
If you now find this job so boring or even unacceptable, what happened along the way? Either you have unmet expectations or your desires have changed. People normally allow negative experiences and memories to fester in their minds. This then simply perpetuates the cycle of despair. This does nothing to resolve the past and worse, it diminishes our control over the way we use the present.

Be the light

December 01, 2018
What is that light which we are to shine upon the world? Matthew 5:16 strongly suggests that our light is our good works: “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Our good deeds, so to speak, collectively form a spotlight to be trained not on ourselves, but on God. The worldly man seeks to draw attention to himself. The Christian seeks to point others to his Lord.

Doing unto others…

November 24, 2018
THE Golden Rule is not “He who has the gold makes the rules.” It’s not even the lesser-known cousin, “Do to others before they do it to you!” I am referring to the principle that Jesus laid out, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12). The workplace intuitively knows the Golden Rule through maxims such as “Greet the small people you meet on your way up, because these are the very same people you’ll meet on your way down” or “Don’t burn your bridges.”

How to develop a sense of urgency

November 17, 2018
REMEMBER the good old college days when you had to submit a term paper by a certain date or else you’ll flunk? Some students would wait until the last minute before being “inspired” (or in plain language, panic and cram). But others rolled up their sleeves once the assignment was handed out. They gathered the data, raided the library, interviewed people and pounded away at the keyboard as early and fast as they could.

How to motivate people

November 03, 2018
ONE of my past employers loved to gather all the troops together and rally our support. “Competition is getting fiercer!” he would boom. “I am asking for your commitment to work harder!” Then I overheard one rank-and-file employee behind me muttering, “What’s in it for us?”

When the cat is away…

October 27, 2018
WHEN the boss is on a business trip, on personal leave or just stepped out of the office for a while, numerous employees feel the urge to goof off. What to do? Work even harder! Lest you think I am a ruthless slave driver, here are six good reasons why the mice should not play while the cat is away.

Becoming a person of value

October 20, 2018
Add value to your processes. One can be very busy but, in reality, is unproductive. A clerk cranks out data which no one bothers to analyze. An operator runs a machine that keeps spitting defective products. A salesperson keeps visiting prospects without closing a sale.

Purpose and mastery

October 06, 2018
EVERYONE wants to be successful. Do you want to enjoy respect from your peers? Be sought-after in your profession? Success is the result of several things, notably a sense of mission, high job mastery and adroit relational skills.

Where is your Midian?

September 29, 2018
I WOKE up one morning with questions about the day that awaits me. And also about the days that are ahead. Out of the blue, the words came to my mind, “My presence shall go with you.” I believe it was a loving whisper from God, as I did not engineer these six precious words to pop into my consciousness.

The dream of someone else

September 16, 2018
ONE of my favorite movie scenes is this one from You Got Mail. Meg Ryan’s character had just broken up with her boyfriend (no, not Tom Hanks. Greg Kinnear). The guy asked “What about you? Is there someone else?” Meg replied wistfully, “No, no... but there is the dream of someone else.”