Working in a Hostile Environment? (10 Tips)

iStock_000024086772Medium_stressAtWorkIn The Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment: An Interview with T. D. Jakes, the Pastor/Businessman was asked, by TheHighCalling.org, why he felt the need to write about the Workplace.  T.D. Jakes replied:

I see many people today hired into situations contrary to everything else they know—church, family, everything.   Their parents tended to work in simpler environments, but people today deal daily with corporate deadlines, quotas, high-stakes meetings, budgetary constraints, threatened cutbacks, internal rivalries, harassment suits, and discrimination issues.   Add demanding customers, frivolous lawsuits, and patrons who spend more energy complaining than building relationships.   It all may put profits in the penthouse, but employee morale lands in the round metal file. [Emphasis added]


  •  When asked what the life of Jesus Christ shows us about survival in a hostile work environment, Jakes stated:

 The scriptures describe Jesus as a root springing out of dry ground:  He was self-contained, independent of His environment.   Who faced more hostility than Christ?   He faced media maladies, tax issues, temptations, betrayal of His friends and His accountant.   He was victimized by His associates and denied by those closest to him.  Yet he maintained His focus.  He managed to complete His assignment, pay His tax bill, identify His antagonist, move beyond His critics, survive the press issues, and rise above His circumstances without bitterness and depression.   He is the premier example of my book’s primary message.  [Emphasis added]


  • Jakes’ ten commandments are on-target!   While the Interview was originally published in 2006, and reposted earlier this year, his 10 tips and thoughts (as expressed) in the Interview are no less relevant. I’d say they are MORE relevant today.  A book on the workplace commandments was published (by the Penguin Group).   Frankly, while not a big fan of mega-churches (which Potter’s House in Dallas is), his commandments and thoughts (as expressed in this interview) are too good to not share.
  • Four of those 10 Commandments, which I found particularly inspiring:
    1. “Don’t let the environment get inside of you”
    2. “Keep your song near you”
    3. “Where you are is not where you are going”
    4. “Know that you are anointed for the job or position you now hold”

(to be continued)


 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

 Photo credit: iStock

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