Month: November 2016

BE VIGILANT!!!

#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday
BE VIGILANT!!!
The attitude of vigilance is an attitude most workers especially Christian workers of which I am part don’t have at all. Sometimes in an attempt to be vigilant, one becomes ‘rough’ and ‘hard’, having unpleasant confrontations with others which might lead to friction in those relationships. 
As the Bible says as much as possible as it depends on us, let’s live at peace with all men. But the truth of the matter is we can’t be sacrificing our QUEST for Peace when the wrong thing is continuously done.
And this is what the  Bible has to say on such issues in Matthew 10:16.

_”Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”_
Aside our innocence as doves, the Bible urges us to be like serpents and not just serpents but as WISE as serpents.
Sometimes we need to be confrontational, strict and hard on people to get the right thing done. We need to stand by our principles especially at work otherwise the prevailing wrong deeds would one day lead to shame and disgrace.
-Don’t allow people to misuse company property.
-Don’t allow people to take seemingly inexpensive materials home after work.
-Don’t allow your supplier of raw materials to delay in his supplies.
-Be bold to ask the tough questions when you smell something fishy.
-And above all, INSIST on the right thing being done always.
Be VIGILANT otherwise your blessings would be stolen or siphoned off.
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BE VIGILANT!!!

#BGIM- Bless God It’s Monday: ARE YOU RELIABLE?

Another Monday presents itself today along with the whole working week ahead full of God’s blessings. It’s Monday and it’s time to work.

ARE YOU RELIABLE?
This week’s #BGIM asks a very interesting question for all workers and companies. Are we reliable? Can we be relied upon? Can people depend on our attitude and service always? What’s your TRADEMARK ™ as a worker or as a company?
Just recently, my mum on her way to the market tasked me to turn off the fire under her palm nut soup on the gas stove after 10 minutes. She knew so well that I would do it because I could be relied upon. But sadly, I failed this time: I had received a visitor before she was going out and the interesting nature of our conversation made the two of us talk so much that I FORGOT to turn the fire off such that when I finally remembered to do after about 30 minutes, I had burnt my mother’s painstakingly prepared Palm nut soup. So so sad. She even said that she felt like calling but felt there was no need to call since I could be relied upon.
That’s an unfortunate story over there. But can your boss vouch that you are reliable such that when he/she is out of town for a week, everything would go on smoothly at the work site? Can he be assured you would remember to perform all duties required to keep the company running especially in his absence?
Can he rely on you? Can he rely on you to report early to work always? Can he rely on you to submit your projects before deadlines? Can he rely on your honesty and discretion should he send you on an errand?
These are crucial things most companies and employers consciously assess workers on without their notice. And the assessments can be heard from even how the employers or other colleagues speak of these employees.
As for Mr. A or Mrs  B, he or she would surely do that, that or that….
That’s the HALLMARK of those employees mentioned. What’s yours???
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#BGIM- Bless God It’s Monday: VERSATILITY is Crucial

Another Monday is here again for us to work hard to receive the blessings of God through the work of our HANDS.

VERSATILITY IS CRUCIAL
It’s true you work diligently and you are very punctual to work. It’s also true that you are respectful and work well as a team player as well as you being able to work under pressure. Thumbs up for all these good work ethics. 
But today I admonish you to pick up a new work ethic called VERSATILITY. Versatility deals with your ability to fit into any place you are put irrespective of your speciality. Meaning you should be able to swim in water like a fish, fly in the air like a bird whilst keeping your speed as a cheetah on the land.
Jack of all trades is said to be master of none. But Jack can fit into any trade should one trade fail or that trade lose its relevance in society. Aside that such versatile people have a comparative advantage of those who have knowledge/ skills in only one field, because any employer would prefer to have a person who can do the job of two people than to employ two different people for those two tasks.
A neighbour friend of mine recently was trying to help her friend get a job as a personal driver but the employer wanted someone who could also serve as a gardener. Meaning after driving the man and his family up and down town, he could also keep their house aesthetically neat by his gardening skills.
Aside the ease of gaining employment, such a person would most likely be maintained during any crisis period of a company that requires LAYING-OFF of workers. In such times, companies would look forward for ways to unwillingly dispose of all others workers except the INDISPENSABLE FEW which in this case would comprise of many versatile workers at various levels of the company structure.
SO BE VERSATILE no matter what. You may be asking how can I be versatile. It starts from somewhere.
1. Begin to show interest in the work of others or work from other fields.
2. When there is a chance to work with others from other departments or the chance to work in those departments, don’t oblige. Take it as an adventure to learn something new.
3. Have friends in other departments who you don’t only chat with but talk consciously about work in their departments.
4. Take a conscious visit to other departments during break time to see what is also happening there.
5. Partake and contribute keenly to interdepartmental meetings with the more conscious attempt to learn from others there.
With these few keys, VERSATILITY would soon become your personal trait. God bless you in this quest.
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Story- We are ALL INTERCONNECTED

A story worth sharing.

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.
What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered – he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”
The mouse turned to the goat and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The goat sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.
The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital , and she returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his matchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main Ingredient.
But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbours came to sit with her around the clock.
To feed them, the farmer butchered the goat.
The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died.
So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.
We are all involved in this amazing journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.
Each of us may not be connected through a blood line, we may not even be friends. But we are all connected through brotherhood. We must all master the art of intercession prayer. 
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#BGIM on a Tuesday-THE NEED TO ADAPT

#BGIM on a Tuesday
THE NEED TO ADAPT
Adaptability is very crucial in the success and survival of any business, person or entity. Things won’t always be the same, so when situations change there is the need to ADJUST our plans and methods in order to fit with the new trends or circumstances.
A typical example can be seen in the Children’s Ministry of a church. It doesn’t matter how resourced or knowledgeable of the Bible their teacher is, if he or she does not adapt to the needs of the children (which anybody with experience working with children would tell you is Peculiar and different from that of adults), he can’t succeed in the Children’s Ministry not because the teacher isn’t good but he or she couldn’t ADAPT to the demands of this new ministry.
So also, there is the need for every person or business establishment to ADJUST & ADAPT their plans and methods to suit the current conditions for their success and survival. A chameleon always changes its colour not just because of success but for its SURVIVAL telling us that if we refuse to adapt as workers or businesses, we would soon be extinct.
A sad story is told of the World’s Largest Phone Manufacturer, Nokia which didn’t adjust to the new trends hence they were taken over by the Microsoft Company. So sad that during the Takeover Ceremony, the Nokia CEO and Staff were weeping because in their words, they did nothing wrong to lose the company.

(Further read from here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nokia-ceo-ended-his-speech-saying-we-didnt-do-anything-rahul-gupta )
As the Ghanaian saying goes, ‘mbere dane a , dane bi’ meaning when time changes, you have to also change, ADAPT & ADJUST.
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