This weekend, we’re studying a text in the book of Daniel that shows him approaching his boss, King Nebuchadnezzar, in order to relay and interpret a dream that the king had. As I perused the text and wrote out applications from it, I realized that the points I wrote might be helpful to others, too. So enjoy, and let me know what you think. Here are a few tips to help you move ahead in your workplace:
- Speak respectfully and openly to your boss — Your boss can’t possibly be worse than Nebuchadnezzar! Daniel had a proposition, so he respectfully and openly suggested it. There are too many people with great ideas for their boss or company or department who simply don’t communicate them up the line. At the right time, speak up!
- Do what you must before doing what you want — People are promoted for doing what must be done. Anyone can do what they want to do . . . but a reliable, dependable person (the kind of person who gets promoted!) is someone who does what must be done before what they want to do.
- Take initiative — Bosses have a plethora of problems that they deal with on a daily basis. Instead of bringing a problem to your boss, bring the problem with 2 possible solutions. That’s demonstrating initiative. Intelligent initiative is appreciated by those in power. In a church situation, this might entail approaching the pastor or leader with an idea of a new ministry and how to implement it.
- Make it a win-win — Steven Covey popularized this idea in his helpful book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. You don’t have to step on people on your way upward. Instead of there always being a loser, or someone who pays for everyone else’s victory, seek to arranged it so that everyone in the company or department benefits from you work and ideas.