Desperate to dazzle?

Yesterday I got an email with a title that took me by surprise. It was a Microsoft ad.

“Dazzle your boss with data.”

At first, I laughed. Does data dazzle? There must be some people who are dazzled by data. I wouldn’t count myself among them.

A sad workplace tendency

But actually, the email shone a light on a sad tendency that runs through many, if not most, workplaces. We feel we have to perform for our superiors.

I work, not to do a good job, but to be seen. By my boss. Or whoever holds the keys to promotion and a pay rise.

The implication is that this software is a short cut to achieving your real goal at work. The data may improve your company’s strategy. It may help you do a better job.

But who cares about that kind of stuff?

This product will help you on your main mission: to impress the boss.

The real boss

The apostle Paul warns against working only for the praise of your boss.

“Obey them not only to win their favour when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.” Ephesians 6:6

You know the kind of thing. You work hard when your boss is around. But when she’s on Annual Leave, you kick back and relax.

Paul says, you’ve forgotten who the real boss is. And he’s not a boss who wants to be ‘dazzled’ by short-term fads or fixes.

He’s an eternal King who wants our hearts.