By Jim Lange
吉姆．蘭紀是「工作真理協會Truth@Work」 (www.christianroundtablegroups.com)的分會會長，這是一個職場人士的事工。他定期在部落格www.5feet20.com上寫作，他也寫了一本書「流血的領袖：給領袖的聖經急救箱 Bleedership: Biblical First-Aid for Leaders」他與家人住在美國俄亥俄州的Toledo市附近。
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在你的組織裡，員工是否會被形容是「我們最寶貴的資產」？請解釋。 你有時是否想過那些干擾你把事情做好的人是在要求你的注意？若是，那如何影響你的工作？你又如何與那干擾你工作的人互動？ 作者的朋友，艾爾說無論何時員工進入他的辦公室，他都會把工作放在一邊──不論那工作有多重要──然後專注在員工的需要？你對這種做法有何意見？這麼做是否切合實際？為什麼？ 今天你特別做了什麼事去培養並加強你在職場、在家中、或你獨特的「影響範圍」的人際關係？你想做什麼改變？註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
GUARDING THE MOST VALUABLE ASSETS
By Jim Lange
A while ago, my family and I were driving to Florida for a vacation when my wife pointed to the sign painted on the back of a truck. It read, “Our most valuable asset sits 63 feet ahead” (referring to the driver of the truck). That message seemed amazing to me. In this age of corporate self-indulgence, where greed often rules, this seemed very refreshing – a company that truly seemed to value its employees.
After seeing this truck, I remembered a conversation I had with a friend about two years ago. I was really struggling with stress and not able to get everything accomplished that I wanted to get done. As a result, I had begun putting a lot of pressure on myself to become more productive.
I decided to call this friend, who also served as a mentor, someone well ahead of me in his life and spiritual journey. I asked, “Al, you have so many more demands on your schedule than I do. (He owns several companies and travels all over the world working on some ministry projects that he supports.) How do you deal with not getting all of your things done each day?”
No unimportant encounters. Al chuckled and replied, “Jim, God dealt with me on that long ago. I love progress and I love getting stuff done. However, what God showed me was that people and relationships are more important. So, what I began to do is, whenever an employee comes in my office – which happens frequently – I do my best to lay aside whatever I”m working on and focus on them, even if I”m in the middle of something important.
“I figured that God is bringing this person into my life at this moment for a reason – either for them to speak into my life or for me to speak into theirs. So when I am in one of these conversations, I make it a point to let my employee end the conversation. In other words, I give them the time they need.”
I was stunned. It occurred to me how often I do not demonstrate this in my own life, especially with my own family. My attitude so often is, “I can”t talk now. I”ve got something really important to get done!”
Al offered one additional comment: “The way I look at it, if I honor God in conversations like these, He will take care of what needs to get done on my task list.”
His final statement seemed even more amazing. Perhaps my biggest problem was my lack of faith. I often have more faith in myself to get work done than I do in my Heavenly Father”s ability to empower me to accomplish what has to be done. Because of my displaced “faith,” I sometimes put tasks ahead of people.
This realization was particularly startling because one of my central commitments in life is to help people grow to become what God desires them to be. Relationships should be of primary importance to me. Yet, too often I fail to treat them that way. This brief conversation was humbling – and enlightening.
Relationships are most important. Whether in the workplace, our homes, or our personal relationships, people are our most valuable asset. And sometimes it helps to be reminded of that. As Jesus told His followers, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Are you putting higher value on tasks or accomplishments more than the people God has brought into your life?
© 2011 by Jim Lange. Jim is a chapter president with Truth@Work (www.christianroundtablegroups.com), a ministry to people in the workplace. He writes a regular online blog, www.5feet20.com, and is the author of a book, Bleedership: Biblical First-Aid for Leaders. He and his family live near Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.
In your organization, would you say that its staff would be described as “our most valuable asset”? Explain your answer. Do you sometimes have the thought that people stand in the way of your ability to get things done that are demanding your attention? If so, how does that affect your work – and your interaction with people that interrupt your work responsibilities? The writer”s friend, Al, said whenever employees come into his office, he tries to put work aside – no matter how important it is – and focus on them and their needs? What is your reaction to that philosophy? Does it seem realistic? Why or why not? What are you consciously doing today to cultivate and strengthen relationships you have at work, in your home or your unique “sphere of influence”? What changes, if any, would you like to make?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review additional passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses: Proverbs 17:17, 18:24, 27:23-27; Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31; John 15:13; Ephesians 6:5-9