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10 Things From The Bible You Can Apply To Your Work

10 Things From The Bible You Can Apply To Your Work

The Bible is one of the most important books in the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not; the impact it has had across the world makes it as much a historical document as a spiritual one. It even has some fringe benefits most people don’t know about. For example, there are a lot of lessons from the Bible that apply to entrepreneurship. Here are 10 things from the Bible that you can apply to work.

1. Control Your Emotions

Galations 5:23: Gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Even though you certainly need to be tough in the business world, the Bible isn’t wrong that you need to be gentle, too. Don’t be prone to anger or you’ll be equally prone to turn off clients and co-workers. Self-control is a key to success in the workplace and pretty much everywhere else.

2. Don’t Get Too Cocky

Proverbs 16:18: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

People in positions of power are in danger of letting that power get to their heads. The Bible teaches us that such pride will only lead to an eventual, inevitable downfall.

3. Don’t Dread Obstacles

James 1:2: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

Obstacles shouldn’t be feared, they should be anticipated. They’ll make you stronger and improve your life.

4. Hard Work Pays Off

Hebrews 12:11: No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

If it were easy, anybody would be doing it. You get skilled in your field and far in your career through hard work. The Bible reminds you that it will all be rewarded in the end.

5. Don’t Keep Waiting For The Right Moment

Ecclesiastes 11:4: He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

If you never take the leap to shift career paths or strike out on your own, you’ll certainly never soar. When you’re prepared and feel ready for the next step, don’t hesitate to take big strides.

6. Stay Mentally Fit

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

If you don’t constantly test yourself and keep yourself engaged, you’ll fall behind all the people who want what you have or fall further behind those who have what you want. The Bible recognizes the importance of self-improvement; you should, too.

7. Don’t Get Involved In Shady Deals

John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Don’t resort to nasty tactics to get what you want. Do what Jesus would do and did do in the Bible: play by the rulebook.

8. Do What You Need To To Win

I Corinthians 9:24 NIV: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

While playing within the realm of legality and decency, you should be willing to take big chances so you can reap huge rewards.

9. Have People Around You That You Can Trust

Proverbs 11:14: Without the guidance of good leaders a nation falls. But many good advisers can save it.

If you’re only surrounded by sycophants, you’ll never get the feedback and criticism you need when you inevitably make mistakes. The Bible recognizes the uselessness and even danger of yes-men. Be brave enough to have successful people around you who will help guide you forward.

10. Have Courage

2 Timothy 1:7: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Courage is everything, whether you’re running a business or working for one. Be powerful in your convictions, in love with your work and extremely self-disciplined to get further in your career. The Bible teaches you that, among other things, we have a lot of potential. Don’t squander it.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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