How to Succeed in Business

It’s GOD @ WORK WEEK here on GUWG, where we’re taking an in-depth look at what the Bible says about the wonderful world of work.

We’ll start today with a question . . .

According to studies conducted by big-brained researchers in the business world, what’s the absolute #1 most important trait a leader must have to be successful?

Here are your choices:

  • Charisma
  • Intelligence
  • Proactivity
  • Results-orientation
  • Communication skills
  • Smooth dance moves
  • Coordinating accessories
  • Humility

The answer?  It may surprise you, but it’s the one hiding modestly at the end of the list . . . humility.

That may seem 100% counter-intuitive when you picture today’s typical CEO, but it’s true, according to the research team behind the landmark business book Good to Great (and others). Leaders who are truly (1) servant-hearted, (2) able to put others and the organization first and (3) willing to listen with humility to other points of view are the ones that people will follow.

If you really want to model yourself after a great leader, I humbly suggest you follow Jesus.  He said:

If anyone wants to be first,
he must be the very last,
and the servant of all.
(Matthew 9:35b)

The Apostle Paul added:

Your attitude should be the same
as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God
something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant.
(Ephesians 2:5-7a)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,
but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
(Philippians 2:3)

Let some of the words from the above verses percolate in your heart for a moment. Last, not first. Made himself nothing. Servant. No selfish ambition. Think of others as better.

BE HUMBLE

God @ Work

It’s GOD @ WORK WEEK here on GUWG, where we’re taking an in-depth look at what God has to say about work.

There’s no better place to start than here . . .

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men. 
(Colossians 3:23)

This verse comes in handy whenever I’m doing something I don’t particularly like, which is approximately every 3.8 seconds.

All you have to do is: (1) remember whom you’re really working for (hint:  He’s the creator of the universe) and (2) give everything your absolute all.

Handling a crummy project at work that has zero upside and will most likely result in your career going up in flames?  Do it for God with all your heart.

Up at 5:34 a.m. shoveling the driveway in subzero temperatures while the rest of the family is snoozing away in their warm, comfy beds?  Do it for God with all your heart.

Cleaning up after a family reunion you didn’t want to host in the first place in which distant relatives spilled cheese dip, Aunt Ruth’s spam and kidney bean casserole and a variety of other unpleasant substances on your brand new living room carpet?  Do it for God with all your heart.

I’m constantly amazed at what happens when I approach work with this simple little verse in mind and let God take charge.  My attitude and the results are always waaaaaay better than I ever could have expected.

The bottom line . . .

GOD’S THE BOSS

Humility @ Work

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,
but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
(Philippians 2:3)

I should get this verse tattooed on my forehead so that every time I look in the mirror I’m reminded not to be a selfish moron.

If I’m absolutely honest, selfish ambition is what drives at least 82.3% of my activity at work. Waaaaaaaaay too often, I focus exclusively on what’s best for me. Not the company. Not my boss. Not my co-workers. Not our customers. Me. Me. Me.

Thank God for Jesus. He showed us a far better way . . .

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant.
(Ephesians 2:5-7a)

Let some of the words from the above verses percolate in you for a moment. No selfish ambition. Think of others as better. Made himself nothing. Servant. Humility.

A famous business author named Jim Collins once had a research team dig through mountains of facts and data to determine exactly what distinguishes great companies from merely good ones. What they found is that it all comes down to leadership and that the #1 trait a great leader must possess is . . . humility.

Want to be a great leader? I humbly suggest you follow Jesus. Just in case you’re like me and need a little extra reminding, here’s one more verse:

If anyone wants to be first,
he must be the very last,
and the servant of all.
(Matthew 9:35b)

Want to Succeed in Business?

If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.  Matthew 9:35b

According to research, what’s the #1 most important trait exhibited by successful leaders in today’s business world?  Here are your choices:

  • Charisma
  • Intelligence
  • Proactivity
  • Results-orientation
  • Communication skills
  • Smooth dance moves
  • Humility

The answer?  It might surprise you, but it’s . . . humility.  That may seem 100% counter-intuitive when you picture today’s typical CEO, but it’s true.

In his landmark book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins had a research team dig through all the facts to determine exactly what distinguishes a great company from a merely good one.  They found that (1) it all comes down to leadership and that (2) leadership all comes down to humility.  Leaders who are truly (1) servant-hearted, (2) able to put others and the organization first and (3) willing to listen with humility to other points of view are the ones that people will follow.

If you really want to model yourself after a great leader, I humbly suggest you follow Jesus.  He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:28-29

BE HUMBLE

God’s the Boss

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  Colossians 3:23

This is one of my absolute all-time favorite Bible verses.  It comes in handy whenever I’m doing something I don’t like, which is approximately every 3.8 seconds.

All you have to do is:

(1) remember whom you’re really working for (hint:  He’s the creator of the universe) and

(2) give everything your absolute all.

Handling a crummy project at work that has zero upside and will most likely result in your career going up in flames?  Do it for God with all your heart.

Up at 6:17 a.m. shoveling the driveway in subzero temperatures while the rest of the family is snoozing away in their warm, comfy beds?  Do it for God with all your heart.

Cleaning up after a family reunion you didn’t want to host in the first place in which distant relatives spilled cheese dip, Aunt Ruth’s spam and kidney bean casserole and a variety of other unpleasant substances on your brand new living room carpet?  Do it for God with all your heart.

I’m constantly amazed at what happens when I approach work with this simple little verse in mind and let God take charge.  My attitude and the results are always waaaaay better than I ever could have expected.

The bottom line:  God’s a great boss.

WORK FOR GOD