The 5th Perspective

The Incomplete Leader

Relationships are difficult and when things become a little challenging, we all have a tendency to rush in and try to give advice or fix things before taking valuable time to listen and diagnose the issue. Simple, the tricks is to always try and understand the other person then try to be understood. In relationships like in life, things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which least matter (Goethe). The most important ingredient each of us involved in a relationship can contribute is not what we say or do but who we are, if our actions , attitudes and reasons come from a superficial technique rather than an inner core of deep commitment our partners will see us for who we really are – well at least eventually.

One of the habits that Stephen Covey asserts in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective…

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The Incomplete Leader

“Life is suffering” – the first of Buddha’s ‘Four noble Truths’

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” This phrase has always captured my attention since the first time I read M. Scott Peck’s book “The Road Less Travelled

I have always looked at life in retrospect. Sometimes I sit down and open my mind to the challenges of life and I have come to realise that it really is about a lot of things. Over time, I have come to challenge my own paradigms and views of life as I soldier on, however, one…

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Excellence Extraordinaire for Christians

This week, i started a new role and a new phase of career. As i start, i decided to study the life of Daniel, an extraordinary man whose life is a reflection of what the life of a Christian should be at work place and really the power of faith at work.

I recently finished a 6 week program offered by Transform Nations an organization founded by Pastor Simon Mbevi -The Mavuno guy 🙂 called “The Marketplace – Power of Faith at work”. This program has greatly changed my paradigm on work as a Christian. Today however, i want to just note down my understanding of what EXCELLENCE in a Christian’s life is all about after going through the Program. You really need to attend this as a Christian in the Workplace.

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Most of us (Christians) have been accused of Mediocrity at our work Places. We want to enjoy Uncommon Blessings sometimes without paying uncommon price – A key component of this price to me is Excellence among other things. Our God however is a Master of EXCELLENCE , right from creation day, the Bible says this of the Grand Master’s work. ….”God saw all that He had made, and it was very good” – Genesis 1:31. I believe we need to realize that as followers of Christ, we must exhibit commitment to Excellence in our daily lives just as Creation points to God of excellence. The convenient doesn’t always satisfy the standards of excellence – Marketplace Manual.

This morning as i looked at the life of Daniel, in the book of Daniel chapter 6, this is what the bible says in Daniel 6:3-4 ” Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom. At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.” This was a man of EXCELLENCE (and integrity – we shall talk about Integrity soon). The bible says he DISTINGUISHED himself. As a Christian and man or woman of excellence, one of the things excellence does for us is to distinguish us.

The point here really is that the guys who wanted to accuse Daniel could not find anything against him, the only way for them therefore was to use his faith against him, see what Daniel 6:5 “Then these men said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God…”

As Christians at the Workplace, can this be said of us? That is the question we need to ask our selves. Finally, we ought to realize that we must pursue excellence as our Master himself is a man of excellence.

God’s strategy may not always fit my status, training, logic or world view, but if you want to achieve EXCELLENCE EXTRAORDINAIRE then you gat to do what the Master asks of you!!

Have an Excellence Day!!