Choosing to cheat – part 9


Periodically, we have been posting wisdom from an incredibly helpful book: Choosing to Cheat: Who wins when family and work collide? by Andy Stanley. (Click here for the last post in this series.) We highly encourage you to get a copy of this short and easy read!

If you ever wonder how you can be successful at work without sacrificing your relationships with those closest to you, then this book is for you (or someone close to you).

Quotations from Chapter 8:

  • After you’ve decided to stand by your convictions, how do you go about convincing your employer?
  • The goal is to negotiate your way into a more manageable and flexible schedule.
  • Daniel provides us with a model to follow. Daniel knew how to be both dogmatic and diplomatic. Your attitude and approach should be seasoned with diplomacy and tact.
  • Cheating at work has nothing to do with cheating your employer. Cheating in this context is about reallocating your limited time assets according to your predetermined priorities. Cheating at work has nothing to do with deceiving your employer.
  • Buried in the interaction between Daniel and the king’s official is the framework for a transition strategy. Daniel did three things:
    • He asked for permission to change his work conditions (Daniel 1:8).
      • Address the issue directly. Ask, don’t demand. Offer alternatives.
    • He listened to the objections from his supervisor (Daniel 1:10).
    • He proposed a test that took into account his supervisors concerns (Daniel 1:11-13).
  • You’ll never know what God is willing to do on your behalf until you are willing to step out and to trust him.

Want more details? (These summaries don’t do the book justice!) Then be sure to get a copy of the book. This could have significant impact on your relationships!


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