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週一嗎哪:通達時務(2018/03/05)    首頁 > 最新內容

 

                                               週一嗎哪

 201835

Rick Boxx

 

通達時務

UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES

 

傑瑞是我在擔任公司顧問時的合夥人,也是朋友。他對成功的看法很簡單,他認為「成功是卓越最大的障礙。」我們的客人湯姆也有同樣的想法

 

傑瑞向我解釋他的想法:一個領袖一但成功了,很容易會認定成功的原因是自己的專業和聰明。最終,他開始認為自己的成功會一直維持下去。覺得無論自己做甚麼決定都會帶給他更多的成功。但是,當市場和環境改變時,如果對時機不敏銳,沒有看到重要的改變和做出該有的因應措施,很快的他們就會被成功甩在後面了。

 

在今日的世界,唯一不變的事就是「改變」,而且改變有時是迅雷不及掩耳的。 如果你維持現狀,對手就會超越你,你就落後了。

 

當然,改變不是一個新的觀念,科技和通訊快速地改變是其中一個很重要的因素。聖經提供一些對於「改變」睿智的觀察,我們願意有效回應改變是很重要的。

 

例如,在歷代志上,我們發現一個很有趣的敘述: 一群偉大的人加入大衛對抗掃羅的戰役。「以薩迦支派,有二百族長都通達時務,知道以色列人所當行的;他們族弟兄都聽從他們的命令。(歷代志上 1232) 他們是一群對自己處境非常機靈的觀察者,也尋求如何適當地去回應周遭的變化。

 

古老的智慧書,傳道書,也強調改變是不能避免的。傳道書第3章第1節說:「凡事都有定期,天下萬務都有定時」。這邊也談到工作上的變化有幾種方式:「生有時,死有時;栽種有時,拔出所栽種的也有時;殺戮有時,醫治有時;拆毀有時,建造有時;哭有時,笑有時;哀慟有時,跳舞有時;拋擲石頭有時,堆聚石頭有時;懷抱有時,不懷抱有時;尋找有時,失落有時;保守有時,捨棄有時;撕裂有時,縫補有時;靜默有時,言語有時;」 (傳道書 32-7).

 

我們工作時,所做的計劃、發展策略、執行計畫以及評估成果,都要持續對環境的變化敏銳,就像聖經中歷代志上提到的以薩迦支派通達時務。我們就會明白要追求的不僅是成功,還有卓越。

 

同時,通達時務的傑出領袖願意改變方式,卻不犧牲自己持守的基本價值。因為這些基本的價值觀將會是變化無常的改變汪洋中的一座燈塔。

 

版權所有2018  非傳統商業網路(前身為純全資源中心)。節錄自和Rick Boxx的純全時刻,這本刊物主要是從基督徒的角度來探討職場上正直這個主題。如果希望知道更多關於這個事工或是想訂閱每日純全時刻,請上這個網站: www.unconventionalbusiness.org. Rick Boxx最新出版的書提供用五個關鍵的神的方法來建立企業。

 

 

反省與問題討論

 

第一、當你讀到「成功是邁向卓越最大的阻礙」這句話時,有甚麼想法?

 

第二、我們如何克服沉溺於成功,不願意回應重大改變的誘惑?

 

第三、你以前聽過通達時務的以薩迦支派嗎?我們要如何學習像他們?

 

第四、傳道書中有很多有時有時,通達時務(知道何時該追求甚麼)會如何影響你做工作或是承擔你在自己的職位上的職責?

 

備註: 如果您手上有聖經,希望閱讀更多關於這個主題的經文,請參考:      

箴言2313-15

23:13 不可不管教孩童;你用杖打他,他必不至於死。

23:14 你要用杖打他,就可以救他的靈魂免下陰間。

23:15 我兒,你心若存智慧,我的心也甚歡喜。

箴言1114

11:14 無智謀,民就敗落;謀士多,人便安居。

箴言1522

15:22 不先商議,所謀無效;謀士眾多,所謀乃成。

箴言148

14:8 通達人的智慧在乎明白己道;愚昧人的愚妄乃是詭詐(或譯:自欺)。

箴言16139

16:1 心中的謀算在乎人;舌頭的應對由於耶和華。

16:3 你所做的,要交託耶和華,你所謀的,就必成立。

16:9 人心籌算自己的道路;惟耶和華指引他的腳步。

箴言1920

19:20 你要聽勸教,受訓誨,使你終久有智慧。

箴言2024

20:24 人的腳步為耶和華所定;人豈能明白自己的路呢?

路加福音1428-31

14:28 你們哪一個要蓋一座樓,不先坐下算計花費,能蓋成不能呢?

14:29 恐怕安了地基,不能成功,看見的人都笑話他,說:

14:30 『這個人開了工,卻不能完工。』

14:31 或是一個王出去和別的王打仗,豈不先坐下酌量,能用一萬兵去敵那領二萬兵來攻打他的嗎?

 

 

 

 

 

                                               MONDAY MANNA

 March 5, 2018

 

UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES

 

By Rick Boxx

 

While I was partnering with a friend, Jerry, on a consulting job, he shared a profound insight with Tom, who was one of our clients. Jerry’s observation was simple, but profound: "Success is the greatest impediment to greatness."

 

Once success settles in, Jerry explained, it is not uncommon for leaders to believe achievements are due to their own professional brilliance. As a result they start to assume their success is perpetual. They think that whatever decisions they make will always prove to yield more success. As markets and conditions change, however, successful people can easily be left behind if they are not constantly looking to understand the times, recognizing when important changes occur and adapting accordingly.

 

Sometimes in today’s world, it seems the only thing that is unchanging is the reality that things can – and often do – change, sometimes at incredible speed. Embracing the status quo is an excellent strategy if you intend to be left behind while your competitors surge ahead.

 

Change, of course, is hardly a new concept, although technology and communications have certainly played a role in accelerating the rate and scope of change. The Bible offers some wise observations about change, and the importance of our willingness to respond to it effectively.

 

For instance, in the book of 1 Chronicles we find an interesting recounting of the great men who joined David in his battle against Saul. We learn about the, "men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do" (1 Chronicles 12:32). They were astute observers of what was occurring around them, seeking to discern how best to respond to changing circumstances.

 

The ancient book of wisdom, Ecclesiastes, also addresses the inevitability of change. The first verse of the third chapter begins with, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” It addresses changing demands of work in several ways:

“A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…. A time to break down, and a time to build up…. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones…. A time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew…” (Ecclesiastes 3:2-7).

 

As we approach our work – formulating plans, developing strategies, undertaking projects, and evaluating results – it would be extremely beneficial to take a cue from the biblical men of Issachar, constantly seeking to understand the times so we will know what we should do not only to succeed, but also to pursue greatness.

 

At the same time, excellent leaders know that understanding the times and being willing to change their approach do not require changing or compromising their values. Those remain constant, serving as a lighthouse amid the ever-shifting seas of change.

 

Copyright 2018, Unconventional Business Network (formerly Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about their ministry or to sign up for Rick’s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.unconventionalbusiness.org. His latest book and inspiration for their new ministry name, Unconventional Business, provides “Five Keys to Growing a Business God’s Way.”

 

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Reflection/Discussion Questions

 

1.       When you read, "Success is the greatest impediment to greatness," what does that say to you?

 

 

 

 

2.       How can we overcome the temptation to become caught up in our successes and fail to recognize and respond to important changes when they occur?

 

 

 

 

3.       Have you ever heard of the “men of Issachar” before, who understood their times and knew what they should do? How can we try to be like them?

 

 

 

 

4.    The book of Ecclesiastes lists a series of things stating when it is “a time for this, and a time for that.” How does having this kind of awareness – knowing when it is time for pursuing one thing or another – affect how you approach your work, or responsibilities you hold within your organization?

 

 

 

 

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages:

 

Proverbs 23:13-15, 11:14, 15:22, 14:8, 16:1,3,9, 19:20, 20:24; Luke 14:28-31

 

 

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