The Common Denominator
By Rick Boxx
July 27, 2011
Years ago, a friend was complaining to me about several successive employees he had fired for a key position in his company.
“They’re all idiots,” he said “none of them measured up to what I want.”
After listening to the supposed defects of each of these past employees, and knowing my friend struggled with perfectionism, I understood the real problem. I gently shared, “I only see one common denominator in all of this.”
He immediately knew I meant him. He used that information to revise his expectations for the job. He recently expressed his gratitude for my rebuke.
Proverbs 28:23 teaches, “He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.”
Sometimes a gentle rebuke is what a friend needs.
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