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Monday, May 11, 2015

Reliability Is Key To Growth At Any Endeavor

In review of Genesis 39:6a it says, “So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing — except what kind of food to eat!”

Bottom Line:
The goal should be to handle any responsibility you're given, such that your leadership doesn’t need to be worry or be concerned.

What this means to me:
One of the things I should continually strive toward is having my leadership say “I’m not worried about you and your team,” it communicates that I am reliable, trustworthy, steady and that they can count on me.

Genesis 39:6 says, “So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing — except what kind of food to eat!” (NLT)

Potiphar trusted Joseph and gave the former slave complete decision-making power, because he knew he could rely on him.

That’s why Joseph kept getting promoted, because all of his bosses could say, “I trust this guy with my life.” When he was in prison, the Bible says Joseph had favor with the warden, who put the entire prison under Joseph’s care. That’s how much the warden trusted Joseph, because he was reliable. He didn’t have to worry about anything with Joseph in charge.

Reliability is earning the trust of others by always keeping your promises and fulfilling your responsibilities, even if it requires sacrifice.

Given the example of a last minute project. What if a project is given with instructions that it needs to be done in 10 hours, and at 10 hours you’re only halfway through? Are you going to put in the extra time at personal expense to get it done? Or are you going to say, “Sorry — it’s someone else’s job” or “You should have given it to me sooner.”

Maybe that’s exactly what should have happened, but reliability means you get it done, even if it means sacrificing your time and putting in the extra effort. That earns the trust of other people.

Joseph knew how to be reliable. He got promoted because he fulfilled his responsibilities. He kept his word even if it meant personal hurt, loss, and sacrifice.

In my opinion, a reliable person is motivated, because they want to do their best. They know they are working for the Lord and not just a human leader.  This also reminds me of Hebrews 13:17, “Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.” (NLT) It’s much better to make it easier to obey and not cause any problems for your leadership chain. This way they won’t have to worry or have any regrets about giving you this responsibility.

Today I should consider my current and past work. Can the same could be always be said of me.  One practical thing I can do this week is to go back over all of my follow-up emails and future projects to see if there is anything I can do to proactively react or plan for them. I should keep an eye on making sure that I fulfill any promises I have made, or think ahead on what deliverables I should plan for and provide them before they even ask for them. I want to be reliable in all that I have been entrusted with.

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