courage at the office

January 20, 2014

Good Monday morning to you! Getting cold again here in NE Indiana.

courage_-_Google_SearchCourage – what is it? According to Wikipedia, “Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.” 

We often see the dramatic examples of courage and quickly recognize them – such as the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from the recent wars. Or examples of people facing daunting odds in standing against oppression.

But what does courage look like at the office? Why do you even need courage at the office?

What about the time you were in a meeting and the boss was critical of a co-worker and others were “piling on” yet you knew the facts weren’t quite right? Did you speak up to set the record right, remain silent, or even join in the “piling on”?

What about the gossip or snide remarks made about an unpopular co-worker? Did you stand up for them even though they weren’t your favorite person? Do you stand for truth in the smallest of matters or do you remain silent?

What about the underperforming employee that you manage? Do you have the courage to confront them so that they can learn and grow or do you inflate their evaluation so that you can avoid the messiness of confrontation and conflict?

Everyday, we have many, many opportunities to be courageous in the day-to-day activities that define us. On a regular basis you have the opportunity to come to the rescue of people. Sure you’re not saving them from enemy bullets, drowning, or something dramatic, but in a very real sense you can be a rescuer. You can be a courageous protector of others at the office. Maybe you won’t make the news or receive a medal, but those you rescue will know, you will know, and,more importantly, God knows.

Show courage in the small things.

Blessings on your week,
BG