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From the Summer 2007 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

Impacting the Workplace for Christ

by Chris T. Morris
Executive Director, Alpha USA

 
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  This means I must lead people rather than manage them. I need to spend more time contemplating what’s possible instead of settling for what’s doable. And I must hire people differently. As a manager, I used to hire people for the task at hand—whatever the specific competency was that the immediate task required. As a leader, I am more concerned with identifying and leveraging a person’s strengths. This means hiring with growth potential in mind—what a person can become is just as important as who they currently are. I think long-term, looking for people with diverse and unique skills who can ensure the long-term success for the organization. Hiring for long-term potential has also meant that my perspective has changed from personal achievement to serving others.

Serving Others

The greatest among you shall be your servant. (Matthew 23:11)
  I used to focus on personal achievement—meeting my individual performance targets. My motivation was on the values of the earthly kingdom—power, money, success, and recognition.
  Luke 6:24-26 tells us about the values of the earthly kingdom:

But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to false prophets.

  As I have matured in my faith, my focus has changed to serving others as Christ did. This means encouraging and developing others. My motivation is to do God’s will through helping the weak, poor, suffering, and rejected. Luke 6:20-23 summarizes the values of the heavenly kingdom:

Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!
Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven.

  I have an opportunity to elevate God’s values over worldly values. Every day at work, I can stand apart from others by how I conduct myself. My eternal perspective means I will make decisions for different reasons than nonbelievers. I try to treat people the way I would want to be treated. I try to help and serve others with no expectation of a benefit in return.

Relationships

  Therefore if we love our neighbor as God made him, we must inevitably be concerned for his total welfare, the good of his soul, his body and his community. (John Stott) I was created to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world in community with others. This means that relationships are a crucial part of my mission. I have an opportunity to engage others in a way that exhibits my spiritual depth. I keep in mind that:

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