“Diotrephes…refuses to accept my suggestions.” 3Jn 9 AMP
Not everybody is willing to think creatively, and some folks resent those people who do. The apostle John said: “I have written briefly to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to take the lead among them and put himself first, does not acknowledge my authority and refuses to accept my suggestions or listen to me.” Every organization has at least one of these people; just make sure it’s not you. Author Phil Cooke says: “One of the most damaging sacred cows in organizations is basing employee status on seniority rather than talent. Yes, loyalty is important, but some of the most loyal employees I’ve ever met are loyal because of selfishness. They project loyalty to keep their jobs, retain their benefits, or hold on to their authority. Real loyalty is about innovation, original thinking, and helping the company get to the next level…Every person has worth and is important. But a great leader always knows the people who bring the most value to the organization. Those are the people to be developed, trained, and cultivated. When you create an atmosphere of original thinking, you’ll have more loyalty than you’ll know what to do with. Most companies are so ignorant of how to develop an environment of innovation that if you do it, you’ll have people coming from every direction to work with you.” The apostle Paul practiced and taught this principle: “We urge you…to recognize those who labor among you…and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake” (1Th 5:12-13 NKJV). To become a creative thinker, you must value creative thinking.