Good job?

One way to approach your work: “I come in on time, even a little early. I do what the boss asks, a bit faster than she expects. I stay on time and on budget, and I’m hardworking and loyal.”

The other way: “What aren’t they asking me to do that I can do, learn from, make an impact, and possibly fail (yet survive)? What’s not on my agenda that I can fight to put there? Who can I frighten, what can I learn, how can I go faster, what sort of legacy am I creating?”

via Seth’s Blog

Two different attitudes?  Which do you have yourself?  Which do you ask of your employees?  Do they match?

I work with a lot of top notch church leaders.  I know none that operate under the first framework?

In fact, I don’t know of any churches that are tearing it up that have staff that work under the first framework either?

Are you workin’ hard, or hardly workin’?

Do you love your job or loathe it?




  • Steve Miller March 15, 2011 Reply

    “Who can I frighten?”

    What does this mean?

    • Todd Rhoades March 15, 2011 Reply

      Of course, this was written for a ‘non church’ context. I took it as… how can I press the limits… do something that people wouldn’t expect… something exceptional.

      Try not to get too stuck on the ‘frighten’ word. Obviously, church work does not have anything to do with frightening or intimidation.

      • Steve Miller March 15, 2011 Reply

        Okay, that makes sense. I don’t have cable tv and sometimes new colloquialisms arise from pop culture which I’m oblivious to. I wasn’t sure if I needed to update my resume to include I’m a proficient frightener.

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