The Character Condition

pewshot-motivation-carrot-002Working for decades as a clergyman certainly gave me one perspective on the human condition, but three years in the secular workforce has certainly given me another. Needless to say, I needed a little sharpening on the man I saw in the mirror.What I did not expect was the need for an overhaul in perspective in order to survive.

I’ve experienced what I did not see in the pastoral role, the whole not-so-veiled, one-up-man-ship in the business world. At times it almost seemed like middle school again where classmates will pull others down to rise above them, stepping on hands and heads as if it were a hobby.

You know the feeling…

I’ve learned in a new way how difficult it is to trust the motives of those whose agendas are not for the common good, but selfishly for their own. The end result is the need for increased hazard pay among supervisors and the rank-and-file as the climber breaks the ankles of everyone in their path.

Oh wait, there are entire business schools that teach how to use this premise for success…

So, just like middle school these folks will always be among the population.

There is nothing wrong with having drive and wanting to do well. I believe that to be Biblical. I believe there is something to be said and admired about moving forward with character, one that positively infects a corporation from top to bottom. When selfishness is the sole driving force in a corporate culture, peace is fleeting and turnover is the common denominator.

I’ve learned along the way to see the beauty of the flawed individual whose intent is based on purer motives of integrity (which may even expose these flaws). While everyone in proximity can perceive their shortcomings, these persons can be a rallying point for those who want life on a playing field where the game is based on character and not the destruction of others. Add in the experience of life where these shortcomings can be minimized, success is nearer.

The truth is, both tactics of selfishness and character work. What matters is which tactic we choose as our own…




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