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                 週一嗎哪 

服事全球工商界

2018-1-15

By Robert J. Tamasy

每個人都是職務代理人

EACH ONE OF US IS ‘INTERIM’

 

一間公司、企業的執行長或總經理因故離職,在下一任正式的執行長到任前,就需要一位代理人。前一任執行長或是總經理也許是因為退休、去世或是轉職離開,在正式能勝任的人選出現之前,老闆或是董事會就會找一位代理人暫時擔任這個職務。

 

在運動場上,我們也經常看見臨時代理的情況,例如在球季中,某一位表現不佳的教練被其他人取代,直到正式的教練人選出現。

 

在現實的世界當中,就算我們不願意承認,我們都只是「代理人」。無論我們的年紀多大,或者在職場上表現多好,我們不會永遠在某一個職位上。除非你是公司的創辦人,不然一定有人比我們更早就擔任這份工作;有一天,我們也會離開這個職位和責任,有下一個人會繼任。

 

這就是現實。這讓我回想起自己在報社擔任編輯,以及在CBMC服務那段日子。當時,我擔任許多不同出版品的編輯和經理。在我服務的期間,我認為自己做得很好,但即便如此,這個職位最後仍就消失。事實上,我所服務的出版社和報社最後也不存在了。

 

對於這樣的事實,我們該如何面對?我們能不能因為不知道明天將會如何,所以就隨便應付今天的工作呢?相反地,我會建議「把握當下」,全力以赴做我們眼前的工作,讓將來接我們工作的人更容易做。

 

舊約的傳道書提醒我們,萬事都是短暫的,即便生命本身也是。「凡事都有定期,天下萬務都有定時。生有時,死有時;栽種有時,拔出所栽種的也有時撕裂有時,縫補有時;靜默有時,言語有時;喜愛有時,恨惡有時;爭戰有時,和好有時。(傳道書31-8).

 

傳道書的作者所羅門王觀察到這些之後說:「這樣看來,做事的人在他的勞碌上有甚麼益處呢?我見 神叫世人勞苦,使他們在其中受經練。神造萬物,各按其時成為美好,又將永生(原文是永遠)安置在世人心堙C然而 神從始至終的作為,人不能參透。我知道世人,莫強如終身喜樂行善現今的事早先就有了,將來的事早已也有了,並且 神使已過的事重新再來(或譯:並且 神再尋回已過的事)。(傳道書39-15)

 

這樣的想法並非宿命論,而是因為知道萬事都是短暫的,所以在我們現在所做的工作和職業上,都更應該全力以赴。「凡你手所當做的事要盡力去做;因為在你所必去的陰間沒有工作,沒有謀算,沒有知識,也沒有智慧。(傳道書910).

 

© 2018. Robert J. TamasyIt 是企業巔峰: 給今日職場從箴言而來永恆的智慧 一書的作者。也與導師之心的作者David A. Stoddard 合著Tufting Legacies。編輯多本著作包括Mike Landry. Bob的書: 透過苦難成長。Mike Landry. Bob的網站為www. bobtamasy-readywriterink.com, 他的雙週部落格為: www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.

 

 

反省與問題討論

 

第一:當你聽到「職務代理人」這兩個字,會想到甚麼?

 

 

 

第二:你是否曾經擔任代理職,知道之後會有其他人接任這個職位?如果有,請談談自己的經驗。

你認為知道自己做的是「代理」職,會如何影響你做自己的工作?

 

 

 

第三:我們似乎會傾向把自己的工作看成是永久的,或至少我們能夠決定何時要離開這個工作。你覺得把自己現在的工作看成是永遠的和暫時性的,會有甚麼不同?

 

 

 

第四、你認為即使知道自己只是個代理人,其他的人之後會取代你,仍然全力以赴做好眼前的工作,這樣的想法如何呢?

 

 

 

備註:如果你手上有聖經,希望知道更多關於這個主題的經文,請參考:

箴言107節;馬太福音633-34節;以弗所書210節; 歌羅西書31723-24節; 雅各書413-15

 

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                                                 MONDAY MANNA

January 15, 2018

 

EACH ONE OF US IS ‘INTERIM’

 

By Robert J. Tamasy

 

Often when the CEO or president of a company or an organization leaves for whatever reason, an “interim” leader is appointed to fill the gap until a permanent successor can be named. It does not matter whether the former executive has retired, died, left to take a new job, resigned, or was fired – someone must step forward to serve on an interim basis until the owners or board of directors can evaluate possible candidates for the job.

 

We frequently see a rash of these “interim” appointments during a sports season, for example, when unsuccessful coaches are terminated and someone else is appointed to finish the remainder of the year. Then, in most cases, a different individual is selected to take on the role on a permanent basis.

 

In reality – even though we might be reluctant to admit it – we are all “interim,” No matter how old we are, or how well we are performing in our job, we will not be there forever. Someone else was doing the work before we arrived – unless you are the head of your own start-up company – and one day we will be gone, leaving all the responsibilities to someone else.

 

This can be a sobering realization. I think of the newspapers I served as the editor, as well as my years at CBMC, when I was editor and director of various publications. During my tenures, I felt I was doing a good job, but even those “permanent” roles came to an end. In fact, the newspapers I directed editorially, along with the magazine, are no longer being published, so they were “interim” as well.

 

What are we to do with this knowledge? Do we simply resign ourselves to a “here today, gone tomorrow” mindset and muddle through our jobs one day at a time? Instead, I would suggest taking a carpe diem approach: “seize the day.” Make the most of opportunities presented to us, do the best we possibly can, and hopefully leave things better for those that follow us.

 

The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that everything – even life itself – ultimately is interim. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…a time to tear down and a time to build…a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them up…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).

 

After making these observations, the author of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon, states, “What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live…. Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account” (Ecclesiastes 3:9-15).

 

Rather than adopting a fatalistic attitude, we can acknowledge our “interim” status while striving to do our best in serving our organizations, stakeholders, employees, coworkers, customers and ultimately, God. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

 

© 2018. Robert J. Tamasy has written Business at Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today’s Workplace; Tufting Legacies; coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring, and edited numerous other books, including Advancing Through Adversity by Mike Landry. Bob’s website is www.bobtamasy-readywriterink.com, and his biweekly blog is: www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.

 

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Reflection/Discussion Questions

 

1.    When you hear the term “interim,” what comes to your mind?

 

 

 

 

2.    Have you ever worked in a role that was officially classified as interim, knowing someone else would eventually be selected to succeed you in that job? If so, what was that experience like? How did being “interim” affect how you approached your job?

 

 

 

 

3.    We tend to regard our jobs as permanent – at least until we decide it is time to move on to something else. What does it mean for you to consider your current, “permanent” job as being one in which you are in fact only an interim worker?

 

 

 

 

4.    What do you think of the idea of doing your very best in your present job even with the realization that, one way or another, someone else will be taking over that role? Perhaps sooner than you might think?  

 

 

 

 

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about principles it presents, consider the following passages:

 

Proverbs 10:7; Matthew 6:33-34; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 3:17,23-24; James 4:13-15

 

 

 

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