ATTAINING WORKPLACE EXCELLENCE
Excellence is derived from a latin word – excellere , which means to stand out, to rise above. It is the desire of God that you be outstanding in your chosen field of endeavor. 3 John 1: 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul. It is his will that you lead your competitors by dishing out quality products and services in your workplace. But you should realize that excellence is more of a choice than what you will pray for. It is an action and a habit that needs to be developed.
God’s children should be the head and not the tail. Deuteronomy 28:13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
Excellence comes through obedience to God in that field you have found yourself.
LESSON FROM THE PARABLE OF TALENTS
Matthew 25:14-30 Described some three businessmen who were given some various amount of capital to kickstart their businesses. The master gave each person according to his prior assessment of their capability. It is rather unfortunate that it is only two, out of the three, that attained excellence in there careers/ businesses.
When their businesses were to be audited, the successful two were adequately compensated for their due diligence and for attaining excellence. When asked for the reasons behind his failure, the last person just gave some flimsy excuses. However, in the excuse he gave, we understood his nature and from it we as Christian businessmen and women should learn some important lessons.
Matthew 25:24-27. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
This man thought he knew the master, but he was giving an outrightly wrong description of the master. He described the master as ‘a hard man who likes to reap where he has not sown’. But that was completely wrong. The master has sown in his business and it is expected that proceeds be seen from it. If we as Christian businessmen and women must succeed in our various chosen fields, we need to know the mind of our master concerning our businesses and set at it.
Daniel 11:32. … but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. For you to be able to do exploits in your workplace, you should know the mind of God for that business.
THE MIND OF GOD FOR YOUR WORKPLACE
What is the mind of God concerning our business and workplace that He desires that we know so we can attain excellence?
Do all things as unto Christ
Collosians 3:17… And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,…render your service, produce your goods in the name of Christ. Do it like an act of worship to God and not man. See your clients and customers as people that God has sent to you. Treat them nicely. Do all in the name of Christ.
People buy products and service because of the name sometimes. Over time such brands have been associated with quality. You have bought into the company of Christ and your product and service carry the logo and brand of Christ. You therefore cannot afford to give out inferior goods and services. Don’t dent or tarnish the image and name of Christ.
Treat every client and customers as messengers from Christ.
In Genesis 18, Abraham had an encounter with God and he thought he was attending to some three strangers. Abraham gave them the best treatment and they did reward him by prophesying the birth of Isaac. He would not have gotten his “Laughter”- Isaac, if he had maltreated them.
Give it all it takes.
Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. Sometimes we see our businesses and careers as physical activities and we forget that these physical jobs have spiritual implications. We should not be slothful at it. Do it diligently. Pay attention to it. Research it, find out the latest and best ways of doing it so you will be relevant in a constantly changing world.
Maintain your testimony.
Your product and services will tell people about you, even when you are not there. When people see you conduct your business, what do they think of you? Actions speak louder than voice. The apostles of old where described as Christians in Antioch, not because they were publicizing themselves but rather , it was when we the people saw their conducts and their ways of doing things. Acts 11:26. Let your goods and services tell others of your believe.
Have an ambassadorial mentality.
John 17:14 …because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. You may be conducting business in this world, but remember that you are just a representative of God’s kingdom on earth and so you must comport yourself and business in a manner that behooves an ambassador of God.
It is important that you seek for the kingdom of God and its righteousness. Your profiting is in seeking after the things of the kingdom. Matthew 6:37
Let your word be your bond.
We live in a world today where our words do not carry any weight or value. Jesus in Matthew 5:37 told the disciples that they ought to mean everything they say. You should not say ‘yes’ when you mean to say ‘no’. if you give deadline for delivery of goods or service, ensure it is delivered on that day. If you cannot meet a deadline, call ahead to explain and apologize for your in ability to deliver.
Note that you should always give allowance for exigencies before agreeing to a deadlines. Try to foresee possible problems that may arise and include them in your deadlines
Always remember the Golden rule.
Jesus in Luke 6:31 said, ‘ And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise’. One major problem with employees in government establishment in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Nigeria where I come from is that people do not take their works seriously. They have this non-challant attitude to work. And so they treat their clients as trash. It is important that you treat everyone in the same way you will want to be attended to.
This applies to all employers of labour. Treat your employees as human with dignity and not as slaves. You could be the head today, but they could be your boss tomorrow. If you don’t treat them nicely today, what do you expect of them tomorrow?