“Oh. Sorry.” Patriot coach caught cheating on the job

In this space, we have highlighted about the need for integrity at the workplace. Theft of time, fudging numbers and other falsehoods might work in the short run – but in the end, they cut short productivity. The New England Patriots have been accused, caught, and fined for cheating. Using video cameras, they taped defensive signals by opponent’s coaches. NFL security confiscated a video camera and tape from a Patriots employee during New England’s 38-14 victory. The employee was accused… Read more

Workplace theft imperils productivity

One of the most widespread workplace issues is theft.Larceny, corruption, and cooking the books are so commonplace, that they are almost the expected. These kinds of shenanigans are helping lead us to a place of continual distrust – we don’t trust government, we don’t trust business, we don’t even trust churches – all because others have stolen and we suspect that everyone is too.This lack of trust leads to inordinate reporting, audits and mindless double-checks. It slows productivity and displaces… Read more

Follow through

One baseball coach chanted over and again to me the same words. “It’s all in the follow through!” Somehow, I never got it right. In fact his words could apply to several sports: Baseball, football, Golf, Tennis, bowling. Almost all these endeavors employ a motion that requires a finishing motion. Technique, concentration, commitment, conditioning and ability are worthless under the spell of a bad follow through.The journey of life suffers under a similar dilemma. Good people of every ilk fail… Read more

Progress or regress?

Prior to World War II, we were absorbed with making a living. Everything centered around survival. Since that point we have not only developed the technology to make our work easier but also allowed for boundless sensation. Instead of being possessed with survival, we are now possessed with pleasure — even in our work.It is painfully obvious that the decline in fervent faith during this same period has led to a decline in decent behavior. Our pleasure hunt has shut… Read more


More than one-third of Americans describe themselves as feeling constantly rushed. The average married couple works more than 90 hours a week combined, not including the countless hours spent caring for children and managing household responsibilities.So — how can we gain more time? Or should we seek to gain more control of our lives?What’s your opinion?Please, share with a friend if you feel moved. Read all past issues at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davidrupert Read more

The worst boss in America

The AFL-CIO today announced its “Worst Boss Award.”One of the winners (losers?) was a tyrant who threw away the disability paperwork for a man who had cancer and wouldn’t allow him to take his personal vacation time. The other was a boss who had employees vacate a smoke-filled workroom floor by seniority, ensuring that their was someone to answer the phone until the very end.Other stories include a lawyer who called into his secretary giving instructions while he took care… Read more

Three cups of tea

Are you doing what God wants you to?How do you really know?For one man, God quite literally dragged him off the side of a mountain and dropped him into his life’s work in Northern Pakistan.In his book, Three Cups of Tea, author Greg Mortenson tells how he found his life’s calling after he became lost coming down off of the world’s most treacherous peak, the Karakoram’s K2, and wound up in the impoverished village of Korphe. During his brief time… Read more

Blind Ambition?

How can I be successful, and how is it measured?Perception has its proper place, but how quickly it can consume.It can all start with a new pair of shoes. My old ones are comfortable, but I’ve noticed other people staring at them at meetings. There’s a scuff on the side and they are visibly duller, no matter how much polish I apply.While I’m sprucing up the shoes, I might as well look at the rest of my wardrobe. How about… Read more

What you talkin’ bout?

Speak at your perilAhhh. America. Home of the brave ­­– and the free.But wait a minute. Freedom of speech in the workplace is hitting the brakes. According to Philadelphia workplace and career columnist LESLIE WHITAKER,many companies are imposing limitations on speech. It seems what you can – and cannot say – now goes far beyond basic decency rules.According to Whitaker, one prominent employment law firm advised its clients to forbid the following in their offices: “any reference to any part… Read more

Does God belong at work?

This blog is primarily about how to live your faith at work, but ABC has an interesting article about how to practice your faith on the job.Our take is that you should exercise your beliefs first through your actions – Jesus said to love your neighbor and that means we need to love those in the cubicle next to us. The Ten Commandments tell us not to steal, so our timecards should be accurate. The Apostle Paul tells us not… Read more

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