Betrayal, Slavery, Prison, Triumph!”
tribal leader had 12 sons. His favorite was the 11th
son. Not only did he favor this son greatly, this son, Joseph, was
arrogant and disrespectful to his brothers. This arrangement caused
Joseph’s brothers to hate him.
devised a plan to get rid of Joseph. When they were all out working
with the animals they planned to kill him. At the last minute,
instead of killing Joseph, they sold him into slavery to a high
ranking military leader of an African country. They told their
father that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal.
instead of wallowing in self-pity, Joseph became the most valuable
slave of the military leader, organizing his slaves, having the
tasks completed in the fields and vineyards. He was then given
authority over all his master’s affairs, managing them so well that
the leader trusted him completely. When the leader’s wife sought to
seduce Joseph, he refused her advances. She told her husband that
Joseph had tried to seduce her. In a fit of rage, the leader sent
Joseph to prison.
instead of being bitter, Joseph set out to become the model
prisoner. He befriended the head jailer by organized the prisoners
so that they worked together to improve the prison for both
themselves and the guards. He became the most valuable leader in
country’s ruler had a terrible dream and needed someone to
interpret it. Joseph heard about it and volunteered to interpret
the ruler’s dream. When the prophesy, as shared by Joseph for the
ruler, became reality, the ruler elevated Joseph to his inner
circle. Once again, Joseph excelled, rising to the rank of Prime
famine broke out in Palestine, the country of Joseph’s birth. Two
of his brothers came to the African country seeking assistance.
They were dumbfounded to discover that Joseph was the Prime
Minister. Instead of punishing his brothers, sending them away
empty-handed, Joseph embraced them, helping his family survive the
famine by sharing the surplus he had stored up.
were made by Joseph, his father, and his brothers? How did Joseph
succeed as a slave, a prisoner, and as a leader? How was his life
changed by rebuking the military leader’s wife? What can we learn
from this story and the actions of the people in it? What would you
have done differently?
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That is today’s
“Is It Separation
clients shared that individual team members resigned by simply
sending a text message. It would seem that professional courtesy
has neither been taught nor learned in education today. Let’s
examine this from both the leader’s and the team member’s
When you have
made the decision to separate from an organization, you have an
obligation to communicate this with the appropriate manager either
in person and/or with a written letter…preferably both. This
document should be simple stating that you are resigning on a
certain date and offering to work out a short notice(usually 2
weeks) to allow time for a professional transition. You are
NOT required to state a reason for leaving. Turn in all
company equipment and insist that your logins for all electronics
are deleted before you leave to prevent someone from doing
something with your login.
Keep in mind that
there are federal and state requirements for the employer when
someone resigns. Plus, leaving with nothing written and/or no
notice will likely be communicated to other organizations you apply
to. Your employment history follows you forever. You will want a
good reference in the future. Thus, be sure to leave your current
When you have
made the decision to terminate someone you also have obligations.
Do it quickly and without emotion…do not deliver the message in
anger. Follow your company policy exactly to avoid any hint of
special treatment. Inform the terminated person of any severance
benefits and insurance issues. If there is a possibility of any
problem be sure to have an additional person with you who will take
notes of the meeting. Have the person escorted from the premises.
Delete access to computers, email, etc. Collect company equipment
including phones, computers, and manuals. If required, have the
appropriate person conduct a separation interview.
conversation and file the appropriate paperwork with the state and
federal governments. You are NOT required to state a reason.
Be sure that what you say as you terminate them matches what you
put in those documents. Additionally, when contacted for a
reference, simply share employment dates and positions
held….nothing else….to avoid future lawsuits.
organization or terminating someone can be very emotional for both
parties. Performing the separation respectfully, as either the
person leaving or the terminating manager, not only discourages
angry outbursts and future lawsuits, it sets up both parties for
more favorable future outcomes.