Most Employees Are Not Lazy, Just Not Led
Mar 6, 2013

Most Employees Are Not Lazy, Just Not Led

Nehemiah 6:9

9They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.”

Have you heard leaders exclaim that the workers of today are just plain lazy; that they are not motivated and have no idea how to put in a day’s work? It is a common complaint heard over and over; some training firms even offer seminars on the topic! We must disagree that all workers are this way. We live in a society that is devoid of leadership, that is incapable and oftentimes unwilling to lead employees to excellence. Rather than turning the work culture to the negative, we should ask ourselves: are we developing a high performing organization?

In high-performing organizations, in Christ-honoring organizations, leaders lead and dream big. They have a Vision, Mission, and Values in place for the company. When you have these in place and properly integrated, you:

  • memorialize your standards
  • provide guiding principles in all you do
  • make your values easily understood by employees
  • drive a values-based culture with your customers

Ask yourself whether you have a shared Vision with your people. Are you communicating that Vision of what your company wants to become? Are you creating a culture of inclusion, of truly being a Team? Or are you a company of workers and higher-ups? If you are following these principles to create a shared Vision, Mission and Values, you are building a “Kingdom Minded” Organization.

Help our community of readers

How have you made your Vision, Mission and Values an integral part of doing business? How have you included your employees in the development of these important guiding lights? Do you know of a company who has excelled in this area whose story you can share?

6 Comments

HOWARD N. ROBIN

posted on March 7, 2013Reply

This is a very good & true article. Our GOD does not change! This principle shown to us in Nehemiah is still very true today. What Mark said here is the truth – Read it, Listen to it, Follow it, THEN enjoy the Great Results & Praise our great GOD.
Howard N. Robin – Mfg. I.E. & a Christian by the Grace of GOD.

Miltonrobinson2

posted on March 7, 2013Reply

Mark-

I agree with this article 110%. For those of us who have the privilege of helping shape the minds, behaviors and cultures of the companies that we have been assigned/sent to have a great responsibility. You and I met several years ago while attending a Convene meeting.

Keep up the Kingdom work.

Milton Robinson

Michael_anderson

posted on March 11, 2013Reply

With 20+ years in health care administration I always thought that inside every worker was a good employee and it was the supervisor’s responsibility to find that employee. Not to do the job for the employee but to guide them and provide the means to define and nurture that person. About 99% of the time it proved true.

Now that I am self employed I search for mentors and guides who can, with a higher leadership, help identify the assets within myself I need to nurture. That’s a bit harder.

doug booker

posted on March 20, 2013Reply

Annnnd (to add on to the title of article here)… ‘ MOST LEADERS ARE NOT……, THEY ARE JUST NOT TRAINED (in leadership)’ Enjoyed the read and look forward to learning more about your service here. http://www.bookertraining.com / doug

Miriam-Nicole Huffman

posted on November 4, 2013Reply

Great article and so true.

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