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週一嗎哪:誰在乎你上過甚麼學校?(2018/04/30)    首頁 > 最新內容

 

 

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服事全球工商界

2018-4-30

By Robert J. Tamasy

 

誰在乎你上過甚麼學校?

WHO CARES WHERE YOU WENT TO SCHOOL?

 

「請問您在哪高就?」在出差或是咖啡廳的時候,當我們和人第一次見面時,常常會問這樣一句話。這是一個彼此互相認識的方法。人們也許會問:「你以前讀甚麼學校?」或是「你以前大學念哪裡?」有時候這些問題,也會出現在面試的時候。這些問題的答案也許能提供一些有趣的訊息,但是和工作能力卻不一定有甚麼關聯。

 

在我開始工作之前,讀的是新聞系的重點大學,也得到新聞採訪的學士和碩士文憑。但是在開始工作的前幾個月學到的新聞寫作和編輯的實務比在學校五年還多更多。大多數我在學校累積的理論知識沒有辦法應用在每天要做的新聞採訪工作上。

 

如同賽斯·高汀(Seth Godin)1,作家、企業家以及部落客,他觀察說:「你三十年前花了四年讀大學對你現在正在做的工作沒有甚麼幫助。所以更重要的是你如何去做自己的工作、你建立了甚麼?成就了甚麼?以及你做了甚麼樣的決定?

 

高登的話頗有智慧。擁有知名商業大學MBA的文憑聽起來的確令人印象深刻,但是文憑不是高品質員工或是領導人的保證。我們想要知道的是一個人過去的成就經驗,和他們想要從事的行業之間有是否相關。

 

更重要的是我們手中所做的,包括我們如何做自己的工作以及四下無人時我們的言行舉止。關於這一點,聖經中的箴言著墨甚多:

 

努力地做我們的工作。建立一個成功的企業最安全的方式,或者提升一個企業的目標,就是勤奮以及有決心地工作,當機會來臨時好好地把握。手懶的,要受貧窮;手勤的,卻要富足。夏天聚斂的,是智慧之子;收割時沉睡的,是貽羞之子。 (箴言104-5)

 

有效率以及卓越地工作 。 在今日的社會,努力達到最高品質的人很少。因為大部分的人似乎只滿足於平庸,但是做事殷勤的人會被注意到。你看見辦事殷勤的人嗎?他必站在君王面前,必不站在下賤人面前。」(箴言2229)

 

誠實為上策 。有時候我們會受到一些試探,叫我們用錯誤的重要訊息贏得訂單或簽約。但是我們常常在每天的新聞頭條讀到:「不誠實的事,終究會被揭發付出慘痛的代價。」口吐真言,永遠堅立;舌說謊話,只存片時。」(箴言 1219) 兩樣的法碼,兩樣的升斗,都為耶和華所憎惡。 (箴言 2010)

 

堅持正直。 我們最可能受到的試探是人前人後不一,尤其是在人前我們會刻意表現良好。但是,一個正直的人,是人前人後言行舉止相同。行正直路的,步步安穩;走彎曲道的,必致敗露。(箴言109)正直人的純正必引導自己;奸詐人的乖僻必毀滅自己。(箴言113)

 

    1:賽斯·高汀(Seth Godin),美國人,新行銷教父,網際網路界重量行銷專家。當代最有影響力的商業思想家之    一,雅虎前副總裁,商業雜誌《快公司》專欄作家,全球10大暢銷書作者之一,代表作有暢銷書《紫牛》、《小就   是大》等。他的書籍已被翻譯為25種語言,他本人也是全世界最受歡迎的商業部落格主。擁有當今世界點擊率和連結率最高的商業部落格,其部落格被評為"全球最受歡迎的100個部落格之一",斯坦福商學院MBA,國際暢銷書作者。

 

© 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

 

一、當你第一次和人見面,尤其是商業的場合,你會問職業或是學歷?你覺得這兩樣資訊很重要嗎?有多重要?

 

 

 

二、在你看來,你認為要衡量一個人是否能勝任一個新的工作和責任,有哪些重要的指標?

 

 

 

三、你會如何形容一個堅持勤奮工作和做到最好的人?

 

 

 

四、你認為在職場上誠實和正直是很重要的特質嗎?分享你的答案。從你的觀察當中,這樣的特質很普遍嗎?它們被重視嗎?

 

 

 

備註:如果你手上有聖經,希望能閱讀更多關於這個主題的經文,請參考:

詩篇 2521

25:21 願純全、正直保守我,因為我等候你。

箴言12112427

12:11 耕種自己田地的,必得飽食;追隨虛浮的,卻是無知。

12:24殷勤人的手必掌權;懶惰的人必服苦。

12:27懶惰的人不烤打獵所得的;殷勤的人卻得寶貴的財物。

箴言1346

13:4 懶惰人羨慕,卻無所得;殷勤人必得豐裕。

13:6行為正直的,有公義保守;犯罪的,被邪惡傾覆。

箴言145

14:5誠實見證人不說謊話;假見證人吐出謊言。

箴言159

15:9惡人的道路,為耶和華所憎惡;追求公義的,為他所喜愛。

箴言2014

20:14買物的說:不好,不好;及至買去,他便自誇。

箴言215

21:5 殷勤籌劃的,足致豐裕;行事急躁的,都必缺乏。

箴言2910

29:10 好流人血的,恨惡完全人,索取正直人的性命。

提多書278

2:7你自己凡事要顯出善行的榜樣;在教訓上要正直、端莊,

2:8 言語純全,無可指責,叫那反對的人,既無處可說我們的不是,便自覺羞愧。

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 MONDAY MANNA

April 30, 2018

 

WHO CARES WHERE YOU WENT TO SCHOOL?

 

By Robert J. Tamasy

 

“What kind of work do you do?” This is a question we typically ask someone we have just met, maybe during a business trip or in a coffee shop. It’s a way of getting acquainted. People also ask, “Where did you go to school?” or, “What college did you attend?” Sometimes those questions come up during a job interview. They may provide interesting information, but are not always relevant to job competency.

 

Before starting my career, I enrolled in a major university’s school of journalism. I earned bachelor and master’s degrees in journalism, but learned more about writing and editing in my first few months as a newspaper editor than I had the entire five years I was in college. Most of the theoretical knowledge I accumulated in school had no practical application for my day-to-day work responsibilities.

 

As Seth Godin, an author, entrepreneur and blogger, observed, “The campus you spent four years on 30 years ago makes very little contribution to the job you are going to do. Here is what matters: The way you approach your work. What have you built? What have you led? How do you make decisions?... How do you act when no one is looking? You are not your resume. You are the trail you have left behind, the people you have influenced, the work you have done.”

 

There is much wisdom in what Godin says. Having an MBA from a prominent business college or degree from a prestigious university sounds impressive, but neither addresses the inner qualities needed for a high-quality staff member or leader. We want to know someone’s track record: What they accomplished and what experience they have, particularly as it relates to the job they are seeking.

 

Even more important than what we have done, I think, are how we approach our work and how we behave when no one is looking. The Bible’s book of Proverbs has much to say about this:

 

Approaching our work with a high level of dedication. The surest way to build a successful career, or to advance a company’s goals, is to work with diligence and determination, responding to opportunities when they present themselves. “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son” (Proverbs 10:4-5).

 

Working with excellence and effectiveness. A person who strives to achieve the highest level of quality is rare in society today. Since many people seem satisfied with mediocrity, skilled workers that take pride in what they are asked to do tend to be noticed. “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men” (Proverbs 22:29).

 

Putting a priority on honesty. Sometimes it seems tempting to misrepresent vital information to gain a sale or win a contract, but as we often read in the headlines or hear in the daily news reports, dishonest practices eventually are exposed and consequences paid. “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment” (Proverbs 12:19). “Differing weights and differing measures – the Lord detests them both” (Proverbs 20:10).

 

Becoming known for commitment to integrity. Another form of temptation is to behave differently when we think no one is looking, compared to when we know our actions are under scrutiny. A person of integrity, however, is one whose public and private behavior remain constant. “The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out” (Proverbs 10:9). “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity” (Proverbs 11:3).

 

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Reflection/Discussion Questions

 

1.    When you initially meet someone, especially within a business or work context, do you ask about the kind of work they do, or where they received their college education? What level of importance do you put on that information?

 

 

 

 

2.    In your view, what are the most important factors that should be considered for evaluating whether a person is qualified for a new job, or for greater responsibilities?

 

 

 

 

3.    How would you describe someone that consistently works with diligence and/or with excellence?

 

 

 

 

4.    Do you agree that honesty and integrity are important qualities for excelling in the workplace? Why or why not? From your observation, how common are these traits today – and are they valued? 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Psalm 25:21; Proverbs 12:11, 12:24,27, 13:4,6, 14:5, 15:9, 20:14, 21:5, 29:10; Titus 2:7-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

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