永遠不要試圖成為在場最聰明的人 ──NEVER TRY TO BE THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM
信靠上帝能帶下我們所需的謙卑。一些處於領導地位的人可能擔心自己和他人比較之下「相形見絀」，而失去權力與職分。但是，信靠上帝會帶給我們信心，知道祂在正確的時間點會在我們的生命中帶來正確的人，職場也是。「所以，你們要自卑，服在 神大能的手下，到了時候，他必叫你們升高。」（彼得前書 5 章 6 節）
認知到別人的恩賜和貢獻。無論是在家庭、教會或公司，每個人都有特定的重要角色。要能達到預期的結果，微小的零件也是至關重要的。「身子原不是一個肢體，乃是許多肢體……若全身是眼，從哪裏聽聲呢？……但如今， 神隨自己的意思把肢體俱各安排在身上了……」（哥林多前書 12 章 14-20節）
參與的人越多，我們能做的就越多。在職場與上帝同行，我們就會發現祂會遠遠超乎我們所求所想——且常是透過其他人作工。「神能照著運行在我們心裏的大力充充足足地成就一切，超過我們所求所想的。」（以弗所書 3 章 20 節）
© 2019. Robert J. TamasyIt 是企業巔峰: 給今日職場從箴言而來永恆的智慧 一書的作者。也與導師之心的作者 David A. Stoddard 合著 Tufting Legacies。編輯多本著作包括 Mike Landry. Bob 的書: 透過苦難成長。Mike Landry. Bob 的網站為 www.bobtamasy-readywriterink.com, 他的雙週部落格為: www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com
尼希米記 6 章 15-16 節
6:16 我們一切仇敵、四圍的外邦人聽見了便懼怕，愁眉不展；因為見這工作完成是出乎我們的 神。
尼希米記 9 章 5-6 節
箴言 27 章 17 節
傳道書 4 章 9-12 節
‘NEVER TRY TO BE THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM’
By Robert J. Tamasy
There is a common saying, particularly in the world of sports, that “you win with people.” Even the best coach will fail without having quality, skilled players and support staff. The same holds true in the business and professional world. A visionary without a team of people to help in bringing his or her ideas into reality is just a dreamer.
Unfortunately, whether it is because they are poor judges of talent, or because they want to protect their own fragile egos, some high-ranking executives hire only individuals of lesser capabilities. For those “leaders,” it gives a sense of protection from being surpassed by more gifted, better trained and educated staff members.
Fortunately, not all CEOs and top executives feel that way. In fact, Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, one of the world’s largest infrastructure companies, feels just the opposite. He stated, “Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people…or find a different room.”
That says a lot about Dell and other leaders like him. First of all, they are humble enough to not feel threatened by people who know more or can do more than he can. Second, they understand that for the benefit of the company and all of its stakeholders, they have the obligation to present the best product possible – and that would require having individuals on the team with expertise in some areas that they lack. And third, the true mark of a good leader is not accomplishing all the work alone, but recruiting the best people to share the load.
I recall the days when I was a magazine editor. For me, some of the most enjoyable, exhilarating days were when we held planning meetings for each issue. We would take the articles and columns that had been written, then brainstorm about titles, illustrations and other graphics to give them as much reader appeal as possible.
Although I had some strong opinions about some things, I recognized the graphic designers would come up with better visual concepts than I could. They brought compelling, creative ideas I could never have imagined. Some people in the room were more detail-oriented than I was, so they noticed things I probably would have let fall through the proverbial “cracks.” And others just offered perspectives I never would have considered. When the magazine was produced and printed, it became clear, as I heard a wise person say, that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” The Scriptures have much to say about this:
Trusting in God can provide the humility needed. Some in leadership positions may fear being “shown up” by others and losing their positions of authority and responsibility. However, trusting in God gives us the confidence to believe He has directed the right people in our lives at the right time, even in the workplace. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).
Recognizing the gifts and contributions of others. Whether in a family, a church, or a company, everyone has a specific, important role to play. Even seemingly lesser parts are critical for producing the desired end result. “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many…. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be?… But in fact God has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be…” (1 Corinthians 12:14-20).
The more people involved, the more we can get done. Walking with God in the workplace, we can discover He can far exceed our hopes and expectations – often working through other people . “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20).
© 2019. Robert J. Tamasy has written Business at Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today’s Workplace; Tufting Legacies; coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring, and edited numerous other books, including Advancing Through Adversity by Mike Landry. Bob’s biweekly blog is: www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.
- How do you typically feel when you are in a meeting, or involved in a team project, and discover some of the other people are smarter or more talented than you are?
- What are some ways you can think of to overcome feelings of being threatened by individuals who seem more skills or capable?
- Looking at the question from a different angle, have there been times when you felt thankful for not being the smartest person in the room? If so, describe a situation when you were able to do that.
- Can you think of a time when the team of people you were working with actually accomplished more than you thought possible? What was that experience like for you – and for them?
NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages:
Nehemiah 6:15-16, 9:5-6; Proverbs 27:17; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12