June 4, 2017


Last week I had to review a report with several others in my department.  I spent a good amount of time on it and was fairly invested in the work that I had done.  When we all sat down to review it, several of my peers had some suggestions as to how to make the report better.

I promptly rejected their thoughts and ideas, arguing against the changes and how they really didn’t help.  “The report was fine the way it was,” I said.

After I got back to my desk I thought about the suggestions that they had.  They were actually very good ideas!  The changes they mentioned actually needed to happen in order to make the report more understandable.

Yet I didn’t listen to them in the review meeting.

Why not?

Because I didn’t show the willingness to be taught – (also known as docility – my new fancy word for the week!).  I didn’t want any part of that!

How does a Real Christian Businessman practice docility in the workplace?

It’s actually pretty simple.

Bury the pride.

I realize now that I approached this wrong.  A Real Christian Businessman welcomes ideas from his peers that will make him and his work better.  A Real Christian Businessman is willing to be taught no matter what age he is or how long he has been in the workplace or at that company.

A Real Christian Businessman humbles himself.

Use my mistake as your reminder to practice “docility” this week.

“When pride comes then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.“  Prov 11:2 NIV


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