“Nine Lies About Work”

Nine Lies About Work” is an excellent book by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall that address nine common misconceptions that are a bit faddish in the organizational world right now and they quickly get to the heart of the matter in this book.

This is a book I would recommend adding to your library.

your work is never complete – finish anyway (Jeff Goins)

Jeff Goins - complete OCT 2015

Imagine a world…

Imagine a world where we wake up inspired to go to work and return home fulfilled. We believe in this world.

from SImon SInek

courage at the office

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,

A Friday quote for you from Simon Sinek:

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.” 

Have a great weekend!


conjuring up motivation – doesn’t work

remote_frontGood Monday morning to you on this Christmas week! What a thrill it is to celebrate that wonderful and beautiful mystery of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Sunday afternoon I finished the book Remote, Office Not Required. It’s an excellent book.Towards the end of the book I found the following quotes which go along with what I have observed over the years:

“Trying to conjure motivation by means of rewards or threats is terribly ineffective. In fact, it’s downright counterproductive.

Rather, the only reliable way to muster motivation is by encouraging people to work on the stuff they like and care about, with people they like and care about. There are no shortcuts. . .

So instead of trying to treat motivation as something that can be artificially ginned up with just the right tricks, treat it as a barometer of the quality of work and the work environment. If a worker’s motivation is slumping, it’s probably because the work is weakly defined or appears pointless, . . . ” [emphasis added]

So, the question is – are you [we] trying to “motivate” people through gimmicks or tricks or are we working to give them meaningful work? The key is to look at the work through their eyes – not yours.

Have a blessed day!

work as art

colorful resturantGood morning!

Today, you have the opportunity to create art – if you choose to. You see, we can either look at our work as just work or even drudgery.  Or we can choose to look at what we do as art – as the opportunity to do something special that will not only help and please others, but is as a sacrifice unto the Lord.

Even spreadsheets can be done with a creative flair.

So, for today, create art instead of just working. It’s your choice.

Peace and grace to you today.


“prayer for a meeting” – by Stephen Scaer

Good Saturday afternoon to you! I found the following poem today as I was reading through the October issue of First Things.

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill me with affection

for sycophantic colleagues who pretend a

boss’s remark is witty; the projection

of Power Points that stray from the agenda

with pie charts, false and darkly personal,

that narrows my dominion to a sliver,

and bullets saying things are worse in all

of my performance measurements. Deliver

your lamb to valleys where he will safely graze,

or help me love your children at this table,

to hold my tongue, unless to sing your praise

in every situation, so I’m able

to be content in everything, like Paul,

who loved those whom he didn’t like at all.”

 – Stephen Scaer

a career worth having

Good morning! It is another beautiful morning, but the days are starting to shorten and they are a tad cooler here in NE Indiana. While I look forward to the fall, I am not so sure about what follows! I will be in Texas this weekend, so I will get a good dose of heat to reset me!

I was reading an article by Nathaniel Koloc on the Harvard Business Review site entitled “Build a Career Worth Having”. An intriguing title and definitely a goal of mine!

Mr. Koloc and his staff have talked to over 12,000 professionals and hundreds of hiring managers and he has come up with three basic insights as to how to build a career in today’s environment and it’s not the traditional approach.

“1. See your career as a series of stepping stones, not a linear trajectory.

  Let go of the idea that careers are linear. These days, they are much more like a field of stepping stones that extends in all directions. Each stone is a job or project that is available to you, and you can move in any direction that you like. The trick is simply to move to stones that take you closer and closer to what is meaningful to you. There is no single path — but rather, an infinite number of options that will lead to the sweet spot of fulfillment.

2. Seek legacy, mastery, and freedom — in that order

  • Legacy. A higher purpose, a mission, a cause. This means knowing that in some way — large or small — the world will be a better place after you’ve done your work.
  • Mastery. This refers to the art of getting better and better at skills and talents that you enjoy using, to the extent that they become intertwined with your identity. 
  • Freedom. The ability to choose who you work with, what projects you work on, where and when you work each day, and getting paid enough to responsibly support the lifestyle that you want

3. Treat your career like a grand experiment.

In my experience, people who are successful in finding — and maintaining — meaningful work approach their careers like a grand experiment.

I use the word ‘grand’ to describe this experiment because the reality is that your career is not just a way to earn a living. It’s your chance to discover what you’re here for and what you love. It’s your best shot at improving the world in a way that is important to you. It’s a sizeable component of your human experience, in a very real way. As such, it should be an adventure, with a healthy bit of magic and mystery along the way.”

Sounds like some good advice, especially the point that you are not, or at least should not, be working just to earn a living. Are you involved in making an impact on his broken world? Are you thinking Legacy? Do you see your life as your ministry?

I recommend you read the full article – I think you just might enjoy it.

Blessings on your day!


Are You a Workaholic or an Outlier?

Are You a Workaholic or an Outlier?

Good article