Esther, the Queen of Persia who saved the Jewish people from annihilation in the fifth Century BC, is a master at tackling problems at work.
To start, she understands how to influence an irrational, pompous boss. If she were alive today, she’d offer a pricey yet wildly popular seminar: How To Get What You Want From An Unreasonable Boss.
She makes it look so easy with a simple, three-step formula:
Step One: Take the Initiative
Esther doesn’t wait around for her boss, King Xerxes, to fix a crisis. When she learns the Jewish people are in danger – and that a plot to destroy the Jews is brewing in the King’s inner circle – she quickly takes action. Never mind that the King doesn’t like to be interrupted when he is busy sitting on his throne. Never mind that the penalty for approaching him in the royal throne room without an invitation is possibly death. Esther takes action.
Esther shows us that taking the initiative at work means having the guts to walk into the boss’s office and make the ask.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to know when to ask, when to hang low, and when to push the envelope. The Working Women of the Bible give us insight into these timeless questions.
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