Yearly Archives: 2016

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2017 Goal Setting for the Christian Professional

It is a regular practice within organizations to establish goals and objectives for the business, each department and the associates each year. This helps everyone to be clear and to understand their contribution to the overall success of the organization. As individuals we should have goals and objectives to reach milestones which benefit us personally. This may include returning to college, getting promoted, starting a family, purchasing a home or retiring. We must seek the Father for direction on all of our goals. The holiday season is the time of year when I usually look ahead to the upcoming year and I plan my goals. By this time my manager has presented me with the company’s plan and expectations for the new year and I have the previous 11 months’ productivity and accomplishments to reflect upon. All of the data, expectations, goals, desires and details are then placed into my mental prayer basket and I set it before the Lord. I also place in that basket my shortcomings for the year. I allow the basket to sit there for a while as I begin the process of seeking God. Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. First I acknowledge His presence in my professional life. I reflect on his role in my successes and challenges throughout the year. I thank him for the blessings as well as the errors and correction I received. During this process of prayer, I repent, confess [...]

November 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Professionalism Counts

  One of my favorite movies is Blast from the Past. In this film, a young man who was raised in a fallout shelter with 1950s values, is sent out into 21st Century California culture. His parents have taught him ballroom dancing, French, and perfect etiquette among other things. When his new friends ask him why he behaves the way he does, he states, “Manners are our way of showing respect to other people.”   In the workplace, professionalism is our way of showing respect to other people. It is a currency which can be traded across departments, cultures and conflicts. We build equity in our relationships with professionalism. If an occasion should arise in which we need or desire something from a colleague, our reputation as a professional will provide the grounds for which they come to our aid.   As a Christian, professionalism creates a foundation which will allow us to build our testimony. Our unsaved coworkers are likely to be more accepting of our personal viewpoint if they find us to be credible and fair in our interactions with them and others. We obtain favor with those in authority because we are supportive and perhaps easy to work with. Individuals who have established a reputation as being unprofessional may create a variety of obstacles for themselves. Using inappropriate language, being sloppy, rude or inconsiderate leaves others with the wrong impression. Others may resist working with those whom they consider unprofessional and may be leery of their integrity, [...]

October 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Healthy roots produce the sweetest fruit

In a sales position I once held, I was required to complete lengthy handwritten credit applications for each customer. The application required supporting documentation including income statements, banking records and tax documents among other things. The training for this portion of the job was so extensive, that in order to go out to market and secure clients, we first had to pass a series of company exams. The process took several weeks. The credit application made the difference as to whether the deal would work. The successful approval of our client’s package not only had far reaching implications to our bottom line, but to theirs and every business associated with them. Eventually our company acquired the software which allowed the sales staff to streamline the application and obtain instant approval online. This advancement was received with excitement. The idea of being able to get instant approval for a client’s credit application held the possibility of increased sales and commissions. However, I remember being told distinctly, “garbage in, garbage out,” by our boss. He cautioned us that if we used the software to generate an approval which could not be justified by the supporting documentation it would be worthless. We would prolong the application process. Not only that, we could be looked upon as someone who was attempting fraud and would be dealt with harshly. The choice was ours. He provided us with the training and tools to become successful by building our reputations upon solid facts and integrity. Everyday people [...]

July 24th, 2016|Company Practices, Uncategorized|0 Comments

You can’t clean the floor with a dirty mop, Missy!

“You can’t clean the floor with a dirty mop, Missy!” This was the sarcastic remark the restaurant manager, Warren, made to me as he rolled his eyes. At sixteen years old, working at my first job, it had never occurred to me that the mop had to be washed before cleaning the floor. I was totally clueless. I complied. I washed the mop, filled the bucket and proceeded to clean the floor thoroughly. Several weeks later Warren gave me a performance review.  Even today, more than 30 years later, I remember that review because it stated that I was “lasy.” He misspelled the word lazy, L-A-S-Y. He tried to write over the S with a Z. My 16 year old sensibilities and pride were offended. “I am NOT lazy!” I stated with raised eyebrows.  “…and if you’re going to call someone lazy, at least make sure you spell it right!” I thought to myself. While I lacked the experience and training of the older employees at the restaurant, I wanted to work there and knew that I was capable of performing well. This was a moment many teenagers, and some adults tend to blow. Somehow I knew it was a defining moment. I could lose my temper and tell Warren that he didn’t know what he was talking about and he didn't know me very well. Alternatively  I could receive his criticism and show him that he was incorrect in his assessment. I chose the latter. I accepted his correction, [...]

June 8th, 2016|Company Practices|0 Comments