by Diego Nascimento

As a child I had constant headaches. I went to the doctor and after several tests nothing was found. As I grew older the headaches diminished, and now in my 30s I have perfect health, but when they come I know it is a result of a sleepless night, excesses in front of the computer screen and sometimes even indigestion. A good nap (when possible) and the traditional aspirin a day (with my doctor’s knowledge) are able to leave my mind like new. Still I know more difficult cases that require a detailed diagnosis and treatment. But if you think that today’s article is about health, you’re wrong.

To use my headache as an illustration, I want to highlight that they are temporary and treatable. But this same tendency is present in daily personal and professional tasks. Who has not said, “Wow, this situation is giving me a headache …” or “I never thought that the decision I made would cause such a headache.” In this case, the pain as mentioned is not physical, but emotional. It is caused by choices made on impulse and sometimes in an apparent justification of freedom and autonomy. What leaves us more puzzled is that many of these symptoms are not the result of “being caught unaware” but by a lack of wisdom. It is this rhythm that causes blunders which can occur when leading a team by creating customer service standards, expanding responsibilities without proper preparation or the shipment of an order which causes anxiety among co-workers, without even meaning to. It is literally “acting without thinking.”

One of the most brilliant books of personal and professional administration that I have read is Proverbs, a book in the Holy Bible. King Solomon, who is recognized as the wisest leader ever, left a remarkable record fully inspired by God. In chapter 3, verses 5 and 6 it says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” This is nothing more than seeking a worthy reference to be followed, to plan and anticipate potential risks. Even in 2016, the so-called post-digital era, there are people who insist on venturing through inadequate conversations, in a manner of life guided by the “majority” and ignoring the position and responsibility of moral values as touted by a weakened society which stumbles and falls.

Whether at work or in your life think “a million times” before saying something, making any decisions or embarking on any project. Integrity is an appreciated value and needs to be taken into consideration on all sides: in leadership of a team and on the part of the team towards the leadership, and I believe it influences even the financial results of the company. Regardless of where you are, do your best. You are being watched. Be careful:  There are headaches that last a lifetime.

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