Christine DiGiacomo, author of Morning Briefings: Daily Wisdom and Inspiration from Scripture
Can incorporating spirituality into the workplace help to build employee morale and boost the bottom line? According to Christine DiGiacomo, the answer is the corporate equivalent of "amen!"
DiGiacomo, who is executive director of PastorWoman Corp., explored the mixture of spirituality and the workplace in her new book Daily Wisdom and Inspiration from Scripture. We spoke with her about bringing these two different worlds together.
Q: How do you define "spiritual"? And is this synonymous with "religious" or any faith-based belief system?
Christine DiGiacomo: Spiritual is a broad sweep of that which is felt and valued in one’s soul. Today it might mean Tantra Yoga to one person; to another, any of a variety of New Age practices or beliefs. To still others, “spiritual” means some version of Catholicism, Paganism or even mainstream Christianity. It may be religious, and some may link it with a faith-based belief system, but it is not held to either. It is popular, common, expected and accepted in today’s culture to be spiritual.
If someone asks, I am not spiritual or religious. I am an intellectual, academic believer and follower of the teachings and ways of Jesus Christ.
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
Christine DiGiacomo: Morning Briefings is a labor of love, blood, sweat and tears – and, yes, of course, every author says that of their first book, but there is a reason! Seven years ago, at the request of two busy executives who desired to know God better, and make their business count for more than just the ‘bottom line’, I began sending daily “briefings” from the Holy Scriptures to two who were regularly on airplanes, in far-flung hotels and on opposite continents.
In short order, I dubbed the daily e-mails “Morning Briefings,” and through the magic of the Internet, the readership grew and expanded into the thousands, going to 127 different countries.
Q: How can senior-level executives benefit from spiritual coaching?
Christine DiGiacomo: First, senior-level executives benefit from a relationship of confidentiality with an individual who points them to God, the creator of their minds and souls, and with whom they can be “safe.”
A “spiritual coach” reminds executives that they are more than just one-sided business-persons. They are mates, parents, children, etc., and all of those relationships are important in their lives and for eternity.
Q: And what does this coaching involve?
Christine DiGiacomo: Since companies contract with me because they want to personally have and offer more of God to their employees, I get to talk about purpose, eternity, natural giftings, serving, their hurts and great losses. Therefore, coaching can be a rather broad endeavor.
Q: How can spiritual coaching mitigate workplace conflicts?
Christine DiGiacomo: Perhaps the greatest asset a spiritual coach brings to the work environment is that of fostering humility, respect and mutual cooperation at all levels. When these things are in place in the work culture, conflicts are reduced.
Q: What has the reaction been to your book?
Christine DiGiacomo: Honestly, my book has not really been promoted, and since I self-published, the response has been modest. That said, the feedback I have gotten from those who “get it” and are in the industry – that is, of daily devotions and the workplace and everyday life – has been terrific.
Q: And are you planning additional books?
Christine DiGiacomo: Can we talk? If I align myself with a literary agent or a great publisher, of course! It is my calling, my passion, and my purpose – to point people around the world to a God who loves them madly and has revealed himself to them through his Word. Both God and His Word can be accessed on a daily basis if we develop the know-how – and, may I humbly say, I’ve got it?
More information on Christine DiGiacomo and her new book can be found at www.PastorWoman.com.