Being a professional, regardless of the industry, comes with its fair share of frustrations. The one I believe is most draining and injurious is playing power games. This is when members of a team play mental and political games with one another in order to attain a position of power (often imaginary) within their group. These games can range from congenial banter to irritating “one-upmanship” to maleficent coercion. To be fair, a healthy amount of competition is good for any team. It often can create an environment that drives innovation, and resourcefulness. However, when posturing for power becomes the core element in the company culture, a detrimental and counterproductive result follows. People become opponents rather than teammates.
How can your faith help you not be “the loser” in corporate power games?
Here a few thoughts to consider:
The Real Path to Promotion: Getting to the next level in your department or career is an admirable goal. But if it causes you to lose your Christ-character, your admirable pursuit has become an idol. Promotion that lasts is not the result of playing games to make yourself appear more important than your peers. Matthew 23:12 tells us, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted”. It’s always better to be humble than to be humbled.
The Power of Actively Not Playing: It may seem that not playing the power games will put you at a disadvantage in terms of career advancement. But think of it this way, players of power games often appear petty and immature. Distinguish yourself by actively not playing. That is to say, don’t just abstain from the game, prayerfully seek how to shut the game down. Your demonstration of maturity and Christ-like leadership will do more for your career that jockeying for power ever could.
You’re Already a Winner: I know, I know. The whole world says you have to play to win. But living the faithful life means realizing you don’t have to play the game because God’s already won for you. And as a bonus, the power He used to win is now inside of you. Why play for human power that can’t compare to the eternal power you already have in Christ?
What’s your experience with power games at the office? How has today’s post helped you “SyncUP” with God about it?