Leaders often need to help their teams with "right thinking." When Paul exhorted the Philippians to "think on these things," his coaching demonstrated good leadership.
Paul's list of things to think about included things that are true, honest, lovely, just, of good report, praiseworthy and virtuous. The apostle's suggested thinking list is a good recipe for a healthy mindset in the workplace.
My guess is we've all been in offices in which the antonym of every word in Paul's list was the observed thinking pattern. Some workers assume the worst in all cases and workers make sure to maintain a constant flow of words to describe their gloom and despair.
Leaders create the environment for right thinking to stimulate growth. Healthy thinking is a catalyst for high energy and productivity. Have you ever seen highly productive, negative Nellies?
The goal for leaders is to create an atmosphere conducive to an abundance mentality. The belief that God is in control and that His favor will prevail is a learned mentality.
The natural way of thinking is to grab whatever we can, anyway we can, because "things are getting bad." The scarcity mentality is a belief system that comes easily. It's natural.
Monitor the prevailing wind in the office. One new addition to an office can change the atmosphere from abundant to scarce. In times past, I've watched one new hire completely destroy an abundant thinking staff. Cancer of the words is highly contagious.
Effective leaders will drive out scarcity thinkers while constantly reinforcing all teams to "think on these things."
"Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things" (Phil. 4:8).
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