A Different Kind of Employee

March 22, 2007


For the past two days I’ve been in leadership training. Specifically, Spiritual Leadership training. The theory here is that those that understand or connect to something spiritual make better leaders and we, as Very Busy People, don’t take enough time to recognize this and appreciate the little things in life and if we did we’d be more effective leaders.


Besides the fact that I had to sit through a presentation by someone I believe was an ex-Baptist preacher with two philosophy degrees from East Tennessee telling me about Zen Buddhism and, at the same time, mispronouncing several Hebrew words (don’t ask) … or another by a woman with badly mis-matched fabric patterns talking about how intentions vibrate and affect other people as well as your own physical DNA (you can ask, but I ain’t discussing that one)… or any number of other Very Odd Discussions… parts of it were interesting.

But there is always a flaw in these training classes for me.


You see – training courses and their accompanying tests that measure motivation, capacity, personality, management style, etc. all presume that your job is a significant part of how you define yourself or your happiness.

Well, not me. Never has.

Which is why I will always have scores that are off the charts on capability, capacity, “git ‘er doness”, problem solving and the ever needed ability to see a big picture and create solid, compelling strategy. I’m smart like that.

But, this is also why I look like I am not a team-player, have low dependability tendencies, a dominant personality (well, duh), am a bit of a “hired gun” and am potentially in the wrong job.

You bet. I am totally in the wrong job.

The job I want entails an enormous pay cut – my whole paycheck. It has terrible hours. It’s often messy. There is whining and ass-wiping and multi-tasking and wait a minute this is starting to sound an awful lot like my current job…oh wait – no. My current job doesn’t have this.

We three

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5 Responses to “A Different Kind of Employee”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    hahaha! That is the most hilarious picture of Benjamite ever!

  2. Em Says:

    What a face!! What a clown he is going to be (or is already).
    And, I love that you have identified your dream job. Hope you get that promotion soon. 🙂

  3. dee Says:

    You and I are so alike sometimes. Love the pic. Benjamite makes the best faces!

  4. Sara Says:

    Don’t get me started on those types of seminars. Even though I think spirituality is important, I think once ChristianityJudaismBuddhism et al are all put into a pot and mixed up, the core beliefs and values from each actually begin to seem inauthentic. DNA? Wha? Did they talk about how water molecules can change based on what kinds of words (printed on paper) you put into it? I may be spiritual, but I’m not crazy. Anyway, your new job will be plenty fulfilling; they are so cute! (If the kids roll out a PowerPoint presentation, then you might need to worry.)

  5. Chas Says:

    I think the two of us want the same job…I think I’m going to take the plunge and do it after this school year. Oh, and don’t blame East TN for the bad speaker…lots of us here actually can pronounce our words correctly.