Why Can’t We Just All Get Along?

The corporate environment counts with a barrage of personalities, cultural backgrounds, and upbringings from all walks of life. Organizations, for profit or non profit, are usually started with the spark of a very personal idea. The idea becomes a dream, the dream becomes an actionable plan, and then we see an organization. These companies and organizations are rarely started with a bad intention at heart (more on the heart later).

The organization starts interviewing people for positions, the organization starts to grow, and suddenly: we have ourselves the workplace. Yet, what happens when we cannot seem to get along? We all seemed to have the best intentions; nevertheless, something happened along the way that changed the course of how relationships are built. Communication seems an impossible task, and it looks as if we are all speaking a different language. This is due to a simple reason: we are speaking a different language. Diversity brings forth the concept of differences. While we do want to celebrate the advantages of working in a diverse community, we cannot seem to get ourselves moving in the same direction. The corporate mission is attractive, yet we do not have the same heart. Another tidbit: we will never have the same heart (more on this one a bit later).

I have often wondered when exactly things start to go sour in the workplace. Why if so many people got to the workplace so excited and ready to make a change in the world! How is it that suddenly the concept of working well together becomes extremely complicated.

The truth lies in the differences of our heart. Huh, why? Because the heart of the person pulls the individual towards the things that represent priorities to that specific individual. I am not speaking of “things that I love to do” here (no bubblegum stuff here). I am speaking of the aspects that matter to the individual from a moral perspective. People in business may have different motivators that tend to attach themselves to the person:

  • Promotions
  • Increase revenue
  • Add clients
  • Manage more projects
  • Small projects/large projects
  • Prestige
  • Titles
  • Achievement of certifications
  • Awards
  • Types of projects
  • Mission objectives
  • Networking opportunities
  • Growing networks
  • …Add our own

This is the part where I address the heart.

These heart motivators can have a tremendous impact on those that have a relationship with Christ. We are sent into the world to be light; nevertheless, we find quickly that we also have a very sinful nature that pulls us towards accomplishing our own desires. How do we survive? How do we ensure that are not climbing the wrong career ladder?

Some ideas from personal experience.

  • Remember why you joined the organization
  • Ask yourself if your goals still align with the organization (or branch you work in)
  • Do you have a mentor?
  • Is there someone that represents the person that you wish to grow to be?
  • Are you still passionate about the reason why you joined?
  • Do you like to share your ideas?
  • Do you like it when others share ideas?
  • Do you honor those that work with you?
  • Do you need to be recognized? (Your job may not come with recognition—a quiet professional perhaps?)
  • Go through your list of goals: how many have you accomplished? How many do you need to update/get rid of?
  • What leaders are you building for tomorrow?
  • Where do you want to go and who are you taking with you?
  • Do you start your day with a thankful heart?
  • Did you praise God today for your employment?
  • Did you thank God for the opportunity to represent him in your job?

Psalm 139:23-24 

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!

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