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.
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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