We are staying with our friends Jenny and Stu in their lovely home here in Auckland. Jenny works at The Parenting Place and she is on a weekly television show here in New Zealand. She is a awesome counselor who deals with parenting issues - here she is talking about the problem of bullying and parenting. Watch this!
It's about to get busy and tonight begins the schedule...
I really love the beauty of this nation, and wanted you see a peak of God's creation here. Last time we were here I took these but never got to share them with you. After all the raw-ness of poverty, suffering, humanity's selfishness and greed which is common problems we deal with - sights like this feed my spirit.
What would I like as a real vacation some day? To sit for a couple of weeks in silence.... solitude.. and stillness in a place like this.
Yes.... I got a quick breath of freshness just by getting to see these sights. One day I will get the chance to stay longer in New Zealand to drink this in I pray.
Today begins another marathon of ministry and travel.
Leaving for Auckland New Zealand and a very busy schedule of Conferences (15 days) while we are there. Then home for 3 days then off to Mexico City, Mexico for a Conference and weekend services there, then fly back to Houston where we arrive and go straight to the Vietamese Convention to speak. Home 3 days then off to Seattle Washington for a Convention there, then home for 3 days and have very Important Guests arriving for a special week of ministry.... and on and on... fun fun fun!!
Will try to post some pictures while I'm gone..... the word is TRY. :)
Employees that enjoy their work and produce good results and have created a good environment for others to work alongside them..... usually keep their jobs.
The more an employee can learn about being an asset to the company.... the more important they become to the big picture of 'work'. So learn lots about different areas on your jobsite, so others in management will come to depend upon your skill to help them too.
Never get lazy at work. Never. Don't assume 'they' will always keep you just because it's 'you'.
Don't turn work into your own social arena that you are very friendy with your peers at. In a time of vulnerability you will share something that later if they try to protect their own jobs... they may throw you under the bus to keep theirs intact. And NEVER repeat a confidence - it usually comes back to bite.
Be dependable. don't be late... don't take time off.... don't miss work if at all possible. Dress like you represent them.... because you do.
Look for useful ways to help the bottom line of the company succeed. No one wants to drop the person that helps them make money or keep from having profit losses.
Don't look at what you don't have.... look at what you do have on your job. Because the alternative of no job is certainly not the way to have it all - your own way.
Everything is changing.... be willing to change too. Being flexible is important as markets and industries often advance into other areas to survive and succeed.
Keep educating yourself in the area of your work. There are always ways to learn to do things better and more efficiently. Leadership does watch those who learn and care about their jobs.
Don't complain about your job.... appreciate it even if you have to keep doing the same things day by day. It's called job security - they need someone to do this everyday. This is for someone to do who has the job - you.
Finding a job that strokes your ego is not why they hired you. They have a job they need you to complete..... simply do the job well.
Today I watched a young lady in a retail store slop along as she basically ignored me as she cashed my purchase out. She looked like she just got out of bed, barely made eye contact, was involved in some inner mental candy she obviously was chewing on. After she shoved my purchase in a bag and pushed it at me, she turned to walk off and bumped into a stand of bags - knocked three or four off into the floor. She ignored the fallen bags and kept going. I watched her supervisor widen her eyes and shake her head silently. And I thought.... there goes her job as soon as they find someone better. She simply does not care about her work.... so since she does not care, managagement does not care about her either. This girl does not understand if you want to keep your job, you better 'do' your job the very best that you can. There are simply too many hungry people looking for work and yours is just the one that someone would be thrilled to get!
From time to time I have to hire someone because a staff member moves away... decide they want to go to college.. life happens and things change for them. So I go on the hunt to find someone to fit the position that is vacant. It's always a stress for me as finding the perfect fit takes time, and energy and discernment to 'see' if the applicant would fit the position. Funny things happen... and I don't always hit it right. But here is what I DO KNOW if I am going to hire someone.
1.Don't be late to the interview.
2.While waiting for the interview don't be smartie to other employees by making remarks about this must be a 'easy' place and tell them when you will work and when you won't. And who comes first in your life and how a 'charity' must be a piece of cake to get to do what you want. And DON'T OFFER DRUGS TO THEM. (I'm tight with my staff and they are 'pre-interviewing' many times to save my time)
3A Don't come dressed like a street walker smacking gum - low cut clothing and short shorts - out the door please.
3B Don't come dressed as a homeless person with wrinkled torn clothing, flip flops and dirty hands and feet. I don't hire these - I offer help to them.
4. Please brush your hair, teeth and put on some make -up. I want to see your best look - not your worst.
5. If you reek of cigarettes - forget it.
6. If you smell of alcohol - nevermind.
7. If you demand a certain work schedule to fit your own interests... NEXT.
8. Tell the truth about being in trouble with the Law - I do check.
9. Taking over the conversation to control my questions will not get you a position.
10. If your eyes are very dilated and you are sporting a black eye and slurring your words..... mmmm not so good and the job's not coming your way.
11. Be willing to start with lower pay instead of the top.... I don't know you or your work ethic so I'm not going to offer the highest pay till you prove yourself. Arguing to try to get me to give you top wages will not land a job.
12. And twelve .... the top reason someone will not get a job working here with me? The conversation about how they WOULD BE BETTER AT MY JOB than I am. Unbelievable.
13. Oh I forgot this one.... don't start crying in the interview about personal issues - addictions - lost relationships - moving - car issues - child issues - husband issues. If I have to start counseling in the midst of a interview... Sorry the job won't be happening.... but prayer, love and support will!
14. I keep remembering..... here's another one. If you are not well physically - just be honest that you might not be able to do the work. Don't push to get a job that you can't really do. It won't work out long once you get on the job site.
15. Oops! another one. Decide if you really DO want to really WORK. I hire people who like to work.