The Dangerous Colleague

But there is one employee who is very dangerous for an organisation

Proverbs 22:1-29

Reference: “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: If you work in an organisation or business for an extended period of time you will see fellow colleagues come and go. Some go to better or more fitting jobs and some discern a different season ahead.

But there is one employee who is very dangerous for an organisation and they often move from place to place. It’s the flounderer.

This is the person who has very little direction and therefore has not taken time to hone a particular skill. They speak well enough to work their way into a job, but soon enough the cracks start to show and their abilities wane.

If they are self-aware they will see the disconnect in their ability to fulfill a job description. But if not, it is up to their employer to manage them out, well aware of the resources that have been consumed to integrate them into the position in the first place.

Application: Thankfully there are those on the other end of the spectrum. They have a strong understanding of their strengths and they work hard to hone them.

While there is always time for more training and learning, these people are soon recognised for their skill and are well sought after.

These are the people spoken of in Proverbs. Not only will they rise to great heights, but they are commended by scripture as the way to perform.

God doesn’t tell us what skill we should develop. He gives us the wisdom to know how to use whichever skill we have.

Prayer: Lord, may I work with integrity so I use my gifts and abilities to bring honour to Your name. Amen.

What skills do you have? How are you honouring God with your strengths?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.