It is midyear "development checkin time" in the corporate world. It is time to meet with my reports and provide them advice. I wonder if they know that while I do subscribe to the corporate value of do the right thing and excellence, I use the passage below from 1 Thessalonians as a much more accurate model for my own behavior. We call them competencies. I figure when I can do this, I'll be doing okay.

1 Thessalonians 5:13 (The Message)
Honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!
Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other's nerves you don't snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out


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