As a follower of Christ, I desire for my half dome to be something good and just; something built on hope, that gives the people in my life, Real Life. I want it to be something that increases the well-being of others and contributes to the common good.
Fighting and arguing can be physically and emotionally exhausting and I think life would be much easier if everyone just got along. Right? Well, yes. That is correct; however, people are people and you would be foolish to think that you can work in any conflict-free environment. The alternative to living in a conflict-free world is to learn how to engage in healthy conflict. Trust me, there is such a thing as healthy conflict.
Whether you are currently in college, trade school, first career job, etc., time management is an essential skill. You may naturally be good at time management (if you are a “J” on the Myers-Briggs personality test like I am, that’s usually the case), but even then, we could all improve our management of time. This is an incredibly important skill to learn because at the end of the day we can make more money, but we cannot make more time.
Intercultural maturity quickly defined is to understand your own social identity, understand another's social identity, and have the desire and ability to work harmoniously amidst the differences on a team. Sounds great, right? This work is actually much easier said than done and actually takes a lifetime of commitment to live out. We need to work to uncover the uniqueness of the people around us because, chances are, they have gifts and talents in places we don't.
In this series we are going to explore a few of those intangible work skills. The hope is that you would – whether you are in your first job, eighth job, or you have found your career sweet-spot – learn about, and be inspired to grow in, some of these essential and intangible work skills.