5. Be sympathetic.  Try to put yourself into the boss’s shoes. Understand the pressures that he deals with daily. Then, look for ways to lighten his load. I think it was the famous motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, who used to say, “You can always get all that you want, if you will first help enough other people get what they want.”

6. Be a nice person. Sounds overly simplistic, doesn’t it? But the truth is, it’s hard to be tough on a really nice person that everyone likes. This is where your Christian walk will help. Just do one thing: reflect Jesus. 

Will these tips save your job?  No, not necessarily. But, by applying them, they will help on two levels: First, their application will lessen the likelihood you’ll be asked to leave. Second, if you are laid off you’ll know that you did everything right — and have no regrets.

Published January 30, 2009.

Steve Diggs presents the No Debt No Sweat! Christian Money Management Seminar at churches and other venues nationwide. Visit Steve on the Web at www.stevediggs.com or call 615-834-3063. The author of several books, today Steve serves as a minister for the Antioch Church of Christ in Nashville. For 25 years he was President of the Franklin Group, Inc. Steve and Bonnie have four children whom they have home schooled. The family lives in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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