You walk into work on a Friday morning, thinking about all that you have to do that day and what you want to do that weekend. Soon after you get in, your boss calls you into his office. After you sit down, he tells you that you no longer have a job at that organization because your services are no longer needed there. He then informs you that you need to pack up your desk by the end of the day. And for the rest of the day you think through how a job loss will impact your financial situation.
Can you relate to this? This is a difficult experience to go through. You have to fight thoughts of worthlessness and worry. Because a job loss feels like an attack on your identity. But it shouldn’t be.
You are not your job. You are not what you do. Because you can change what you do. And a job loss can be a great blessing if you look at it the right way.
After a job loss, you can move forward and not just move on. Here’s how.
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Many people want to have better relationships in their life, but they are unwilling to do what needs to be done to develop them.
Good relationships don’t just happen. They have to be carefully cultivated. If you will have better relationships with your team or with your family, then you must be intentional and consistent in growing those relationships.
Here are five ways you can develop better relationships at work or at home.
Trust is the key ingredient of a healthy workplace culture, and trust is a huge predictor of the success of the leadership of any business. When your team trusts you and each other, everything works better. That’s why it is important to develop a Culture of Trust in your business.
We are wired to want to trust others. And we are disappointed when people fail to live up to those expectations. When trust is absent, everything becomes more difficult.
Building trust will be key in moving your business forward. Your trustworthiness will be the most important aspect of your leadership. But you have to earn the right to be trusted. You have to show that you are trustworthy.
Here are five B’s necessary for building a Culture of Trust.
Change is here to stay. And not just change, but constant change. You can count on turbulence in your career. But how do you survive and thrive in the midst of an uncertain job market?
First things first: The God of the Bible is still God today. He has not abandoned you nor forsaken you (Deuteronomy 31:8). Do not let the circumstances you see in the job market tell you otherwise.
As you go through constant change, here are three ways you can prepare yourself for uncertainty in the job market.
People appreciate appreciation. In fact, they crave it. People want to be acknowledged for who they are and what they do. And you as a leader will do well to express appreciation to those around you.
People need appreciation in certain times more than others. They will need you to be aware of what those situations are so that you can be prepared to meet that need.
Here are the five situations when your team will need appreciation.
Have you ever seen how a lack of respect can ruin the culture of an organization or a family? When people don’t respect each other, they lose an appreciation for each other. And that can devolve into nasty personal relations—all because people did not respect each other.
Respect has become a hot topic within the realm of leadership development. At the 2017 Global Leadership Summit, Bill Hybels listed ten rules of respect that can apply to any group of people at work or home.
Here are the “Respect 10” that Bill Hybels presented as I have interpreted them. How many of these have you instituted in your home or workplace?
What you do for a living is worth more than a paycheck. The time you spend working doesn’t have to be just time traded for money. You can spend your working hours in a way that will energize you. You can do work worth doing.
To get to that point, you need to understand what motivates you. And that requires a deep dive into what makes you tick.
In order to discover how you can do work worth doing, ask yourself these nine questions.
Spiritual growth happens most through our interactions with others. Since you spend more of your waking hours with the people at your workplace, then your workplace is a place for spiritual growth.
God works in you to want to do what pleases Him (Philippians 2:13). And Scripture tells you to work out your salvation (Philippians 2:12). That means you literally need to work out of you what God has put in you through your interactions with other people. That makes the workplace a great place to test out what God is doing in you.
Here are three ways you can use your workplace as a place for spiritual growth.
It seems that faith and work are perceived as contradictory in the business world. People think that trusting God doesn’t require that you follow good business practices. Or they think that putting in disciplined effort means that you don’t trust God to provide. The truth is that faith and work complete each other.
You can demonstrate how your faith impacts your work and how your work reinforces your faith. You don’t have to choose one over the other—because faith and work are complementary.
Here are three steps for meaningfully pursuing both your faith and work.