By: Robert J. Tamasy
勞勃．泰默西是領袖資產協會的傳播部副部長，這是一個總部在美國喬治亞州亞特蘭大的非營利組織。他也是一個有40年經驗的退休新聞工作者。他寫過一本書「最佳狀態的商業：箴言給今日職場的歷久彌新智慧」（Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace）。他也與David A. Stoddard合著一本書「導師之心」（The Heart of Mentoring）。要了解更多資訊, 可上網www.leaderslegacy.com 或上他的部落格www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com以及www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com
當你聽到有人形容人生是馬拉松，而不是短跑，你覺得如何? 在你的職場上，你覺得是否有人(也許是你自己)比較像是獨行俠?或是團隊合作的人?你覺得這樣的工作模式會影響你的工作表現嗎? 當你和別人一同工作時，特別是在一個團隊裡時，你可以想到做的更好的方式嗎?解釋你的答案。 你可以舉一個親身經歷的例子，說明團隊合作比孤軍奮戰結果來的好嗎?聖經裡說：「兩人總比一人好」、「鐵磨鐵，磨出刃來；朋友相感（原文是磨朋友的臉）也是如此」是否曾發生在你的職場上?請解釋你的答案。備註:如果你手上有聖經，想知道更多有這個主題的經節，請參考：馬可福音6章7節、路加福音10章1節、哥林多前書12章12-26節、腓立比書4章9節、希伯來書3章12-15節
NO JOB FOR “THE LONE RANGER
By Robert J. Tamasy
We sometimes hear people make this statement: “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” And there”s much truth to that. Many people can look good for a short distance. In fact, in a sprint even a slower person might take the lead for a step or two. But a successful life is not measured in minutes or hours, days or even weeks, but in years. A good start does not guarantee a good finish.
However, comparing life to a marathon falls short in one respect. In a marathon, runners compete alone. There might be people along the course to cheer and encourage, and perhaps volunteers offering water or other refreshment. But for the most part, marathon runners engage in a solitary pursuit – perseverance, pushing through pain for the joy of reaching the finish line…alone.
In real life, however, no one reaches goals or achieves success on their own. Especially the most successful people. Celebrated executives, accomplished physicians, notable inventors, the most famous athletes and entertainers might have had visions and dreams, and worked hard to refine their skills and talents, but they all needed help along the way.
Years ago, one of the most popular American TV shows was “The Lone Ranger.” It featured a lone crusader against crime, determined to right what was wrong and bring bad people to justice. He did have a faithful companion named Tonto, but the Lone Ranger would suddenly ride into a town, take on the criminals and overcome them, and just as suddenly depart without even saying good-bye. The town”s citizens would look at each other and ask, “Who was that masked man?”
History teaches that trying to succeed as a “lone ranger” in the business and professional world is a recipe for failure, even disaster. We all need accountability, administrative support, encouragement, help from people with experience and expertise different from ours to reach our objectives. The Bible speaks much about this. For example:
Strength in numbers. Teamwork and mutual support are hallmarks for success in any endeavor. “Two are better than on, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!… A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Sharpening of focus. Just as the edges of two knives can be sharpened by being rubbed together, people can sharpen one another as they also “rub against each other” as they work together, often resulting in creative and constructive friction. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
Diversity in capabilities. We each have unique abilities and talents, and by merging them and working together, we can accomplish far more than we ever could working alone. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men” (1 Corinthians 12:4).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran journalist, he has written Tufting Legacies (iUniverse); Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press); and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring (NavPress). For more information, see www.leaderslegacy.com or his blogs, www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com and www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com.
What comes to your mind when you hear the statement, “Life is a marathon, not a sprint”? At your workplace, can you think of someone – perhaps even yourself – that functions as more of a “lone ranger” or a marathon runner than as a team player? How does that kind of approach to work affect his or her performance – and those of the people around them? How effective are you in working with other people, particularly as part of a team? Can you think of ways you could become a better team player? Explain your answer. Think of an example you experienced or observed when individuals collaborating together definitely brought about a better outcome than if assignments on the project had been carried out independently? How might the principles of “two are better than one” and “one person sharpening another” have been demonstrated in the situation you have in mind?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Mark 6:7; Luke 10:1; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Philippians 4:9; Hebrews 3:12-15