December 20, 2015

Hammer Time

One of my very first bosses, when I started getting an actual paycheck in the Music Industry over 25 years ago, had a peculiar nick name.  I didn’t quite understand it at the time, as I was just a young intern working in the mail room for free.  I quickly learned what it meant though.

“The Hammer” was his nickname, and he saw my hustle efforts in the mail room as enough to have a job working for him – giving me my first job in the industry.  I am forever grateful to him for this opportunity that he gave me.

Working for “The Hammer” was very enlightening.  He was always respectful to me.  He also took the time to train me and taught me how to do my job, even though it took extra effort and time for him to do so.

I also got to see firsthand why he had the nickname “The Hammer”.  Whenever something started going wrong and it pushed him to his boiling point, he would start “hammering down” and quickly react, fly off the cuff, shoot from the hip – basically use a “hammer” to stamp out the problem quickly.

As even he would admit, this method got him into trouble more times than not – sometimes making things worse than they needed to be.

“People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.” Prov 14:29 (NLT)

As a Real Christian Businessman we need to take this example from  “The Hammer” and apply it to our own workplace.  I know there have been times over the years when I have had a hot temper, have not shown understanding, and I have paid the price dearly for it.

I’m writing this today to encourage you in your daily workplace.

To take a moment to show understanding.

Control your anger.

Speak with compassion.

Take a breath.

Don’t use the hammer – you won’t regret it.

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