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Being Respectable Bosses - Week Forty-Three

Being Respectable Bosses - Week Forty-Three

I called Josh this week to find out how his fire insurance claims had gone and he told me that he has this amazing company that works for him to get the right settlements.  All was well in his world and he was back to prayer and to the larger gathering as usual.  Liz reported that she was on track to have record sales with her Lubbock catering business and she attributed it to both prayer and to her putting the larger gatherings’ advice into practice.  As for me, I was not struggling at all in any way.  My health was good and I focused on praying for family and for the well-being of everyone I came in contact with.  I know that everyone has something tough going on and so I ask God to fill me and to overflow His Holy Spirit from me so that they can be changed – even if I am not directly dealing with them.  I always think of myself as just a distributor of what God gives me from above.  After all, I in myself cannot affect change like He can.

As for the larger gathering we had a two-person team that taught us about how to be respectable bosses – the sort that have integrity and show no favoritism in the way we deal with employees and clients.  They said they learned from a Fortune 500 leadership speaker that it is easy to work harder for some people because we like them and to shirk responsibility when it comes to working for those who we don’t like for some reason.  They taught us that if we are to be respected leaders then we have to be fair in our dealings with everyone.  They told us how we could evaluate our relationships in the workplace to see if we were treating people differently from one another.  They said that if we are honest with ourselves we will most likely find favoritism that can lead to internal divisions within our organizations.  This two person team explained how they had both fallen victim to creating cliques and factions because they didn’t pay attention to how they were discriminating between people groups.  They also told us how we could reset the culture in our businesses so that everyone could feel like each employee and client could feel that they were being treated as well as another.  I had to pay attention to this talk, because as soon as they started talking about their subject I could totally see how I made this mistake at my work.  I could even think of several people who I had given raises to and who I had promoted because I liked them better than another employee.  I was not running a meritocracy and this was not fair.  I wasn’t going to take these raises or promotions away, but I was going to set clear expectations for promotions and raises so that from now on I would not fall victim to favoritism.

So readers, what do you think about this subject?  Have you ever treated certain employees and clients differently from others simply because one liked that same things that you do (or for any affinity or personality similarity)?  If so, how has it affected your business?  What did you do about it?  Let me know in your comments…I always look forward to your responses and I thank you in advance.