Acknowledging People Takes SO Much Work!

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Several executives were standing around my office the other day, debating what to do about a particular employee. Not that someone was in trouble – rather, this person had performed an outstanding accomplishment, one which had a substantial impact on our bottom line. They were discussing how best to acknowledge this. A special luncheon in [Read More...]

Is Work a Curse, or Inherently Good?

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I recently overheard a conversation where a middle-aged, mothering woman was asking a scrappy-headed and pockmark-faced young man in his mid-twenties how he liked his job. “It’s okay,” he said, staring down at his unlaced black Skechers. “Pays the bills, right?” she prompted with an encouraging smile. “Yeah, no – it’s not so bad. For now.” [Read More...]

The Spiritual Value of Wasting Time at Work

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I was on speaker phone the other day with a colleague, Bruce, closing up several items regarding some new deal activity. After five minutes or so, the business part of our conversation was over, so I fired up my computer, opening several application windows in anticipation of the call winding down. Hello, excel! Hello, email! Good day, internet! [Read More...]

Are You Supposed to Know ‘God’s Will’ for your Job?

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The other day my friend asked a rather blunt and personal question: “Do you think it is God’s will for you to be at the company you’re with right now?” What I wanted to say was, “Well, duh. I’m working there, aren’t I?” In other words, how else could I have possibly ended up in [Read More...]

Too Many Meetings? Creating Spiritual Clarity at Work

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Several years ago, the senior executives of my company gathered in the Board Room to have a meeting about meetings. Apparently, some people had been complaining that we were having too many. I will be the first to admit there may have been some truth to this. Over the previous several months we had chartered one team after another [Read More...]

The Secret to Productivity and Happiness at Work: Xtreme Generosity

The other day I received an email from a complete stranger, asking for advice on a business plan: “Dear Mr. Wood,” he blurted forth. “I saw your name blah blah blah and I have this wonderful idea blah blah could you please take some time to review and give me feedback blah blah.”  Like most of you, [Read More...]


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