How to Deal with Problem Employees

How to Get the Most Out of Your Team

When you think of the difficult people on your team, what do you think of? How do you perceive the problem employees on your team? Could it be that you are looking at them the wrong way?

problem employees

I’m not saying that everyone is fixable. It may ultimately be better for everyone if certain people don’t work at your organization any more. I think it Abraham Lincoln got it right when he said that people are usually as happy as they make up their minds to be. Nonetheless, you may be the one to help those certain people change their minds.

Difficult people have been through difficult stuff. And hurt people hurt people. If you just pass them off as problem employees then you may be missing a huge opportunity—for them and for you.

I realize that you may not be the pastor-in-chief at your workplace, but you can develop a pastor’s heart for your team. Spiritual insight into their situation can help your team become more positive, more innovative, and more productive.

Here’s how you can get the most out of your team by training yourself in how you look at your problem employees.

The Top Ten Steps to Success

I love reading motivational quotes and slogans. But recently I came across The Top Ten Steps to Success, and I thought this one was too good not to share.


I do not know who the original author is, but I have adapted and inverted the list in true Top Ten countdown style. And I also added my commentary to provide additional insight into this list.

Without further ado, I hope you enjoy The Top Ten Steps to Success.

You Don’t Have to Know What’s In Between

How You Can Have Peace With Uncertainty

You can learn something for your professional career from the Oreo Mystery Flavor. Last fall Oreo announced a contest where the cookie brand offered everyone who submitted the correct flavor on their website could earn a chance to win $50,000. But in order to win the prize, you had to be willing to try a cookie where you didn’t know what the cream filling tasted like. You had to be comfortable with not knowing what was in between.

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So much of professional life is spent in between. There is the beginning—the entry into the workplace, the start at a new job, the launch of a new business. And there is the end—the person you want to become, the successful outcome of a new venture, the retirement from working. But there is so much uncertainty between the start and the finish. And the only way you can win the prize is if you are willing to embrace that uncertainty. It is important to get used to being comfortable with not knowing what’s in between.

Here is the process to implement if you are to embrace uncertainty and become comfortable with not knowing what’s in between.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Faith

A Step-by-Step Process to Put Your Faith into Action

I hear people say all the time that you just need to “have faith.” But what does that mean? And more importantly, why does it matter?


If properly applied, faith can be a powerful force, but many people don’t understand it. Some people think that it is just repeating the same statements over and over to yourself. While that may improve their mental outlook, that’s not faith. Others think that it is the mental acceptance of a fact. But knowing about Jesus is not the same thing as believing in Jesus. And there are others who keep their faith in the closet of their life and don’t bring it out except for show on Sunday mornings. That’s not faith; that’s compartmentalization.

Faith will be helpful to you when it’s incorporated into the totality of your life. When it shows up in every part of your life, you can get the most out of your faith. Here’s what it looks like to put action to your faith.

How Do You Make Godly Decisions?

Nine Questions to Help You Figure Out Your Next Steps

When you have to make a key decision, how do you decide what to do? It’s always important to pray and ask God about it. But how do you make godly decisions if you don’t hear from God? What next? What evaluation criteria do you use to determine whether God wants you to do something or not?

godly decisions

While you don’t want to run off half-cocked, it’s worse to be frozen in fear and do nothing. When you need to make godly decisions, it’s good to take some time in reflection and ask yourself some key questions.

When reflecting on your options, there are three ways to look at the situation. And here’s a checklist of nine questions you can use in making godly decisions.

Why You Must Stay Intentionally Curious

Three Disciplines to Maintain Your Intellectual Edge

Curiosity is a good thing to develop in your life—especially your professional life. But curiosity requires that you have your eyes wide open. You have to be observant to notice what’s going on around you. That’s why you must be intentionally curious.

intentionally curious

You will not notice what you don’t focus on. It’s important to be actively watching what’s going on so that you can then capitalize on what you take notice of.

Here are three disciplines to develop so you can stay intentionally curious and maintain your intellectual edge.

How to Handle Being a Spiritual Target as a Leader

Three Ways to Strengthen Yourself as a Leader Spiritually

Because you are a leader, you are a spiritual target. You have people depending on you to do the right thing. And the enemy of your soul wants to take you down.

spiritual target

Pastors are leaders with big targets on their backs. But business leaders have targets on their backs too. And parents especially have targets on their backs. Because all these leaders carry the responsibility of leading and caring for those in their charge.

It is imperative to watch out for how you can be targeted by the enemy of your soul. Here are some warning signs from James 1:14 to help you handle being a spiritual target.

Why Intentional Thinking Is Key to Your Spiritual Health

The Three Steps to Personal Transformation

The source of your spiritual health is your thoughts. The thoughts that enter your head will either lift you up or bring you down. So the key to your spiritual health is intentional thinking.

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Many people do not consider their ways. They do not take inventory of their thoughts. And therefore reap the consequences of what Socrates called an “unexamined life.”

Romans 12:2 says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Here’s how you can take that verse to heart and improve your spiritual health through your intentional thinking.

Why You Are Not an Impostor

Three Reasons You Should Not Succumb to Fraud Syndrome

If you have achieved success in your business, then that should be commended. As Ecclesiastes 5:19 says, it is the gift of God when you can rejoice in your labor and take your portion as a result of attaining riches and wealth. Therefore, you should not feel like an impostor.


God knows exactly who you are—and who you are not. If you have been successful, then it is fine to acknowledge that God has blessed your efforts. But it is not good to put on a false humility. Neither is it good to believe that you had nothing to do with your success.

Don’t give into thinking you’re a fraud. Here are three DON’Ts to remember when you think you are an impostor.

Three Potential-Limiting Distractions to Watch Out for

How Your Desires and Fears Can Take You Off Course

All distractions can steal your time, but some distractions can steal your potential. Even though all distractions can take you off course, these potential-limiting distractions can make you think that you are still on the right road.

Potential-Limiting Distractions

These potential-limiting distractions play upon your desires and fears. If you do not keep these desires and fears in check, these potential-limiting distractions can make you think you’re doing what’s best. But they will prevent you from realizing God’s best for you.

Here are three potential-limiting distractions to watch for in your life.