Monday, February 11, 2008

Vice Can Kill Your Career, and Only Virtue Can Save It

John M. McKee from forbes.com goes through what he calles the seven deadly workplace sins. Turns out that they are nothing more than what the Catholic Chruch has called for years vice and more specifically the Seven Deadly sins that can kill a soul. John Lists these career killing sins as:
  • Pride
  • Envy
  • Anger
  • Gluttony ( What John Calls Short Sightedness)
  • Sloth ( What John Calls Complacency)
  • Greed (What John Calls Imbalence)
  • Lust

John uses a much older understading for the word lust then how much people understand the word: an uncontroable urge for sex. A person can lust after many other things beside sex.

Though John lists the sins, he give no remedy, and any theologically minded person knows that the only remedy for vice is virtue. So in brief, corresponding to each of the seven deadly (workplace) sins in order, here are the virtues that can help remedy our sinful ways:

  • Humility
  • Kindness
  • Patience (peacefulness)
  • Abstinence
  • Diligence
  • Liberality (generosity)
  • Chastity

Other virtues that will help in the work place: faith, hope, love (charity), fortitude, justice, temperance, and prudence.

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