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Compassionate Management
2009-01-21 16:40:00
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be quite easy to lose perspective when it comes to the plight of others, including those we work with.  Taking a step back and using compassion and empathy when dealing with certain situations can make a big difference in the workplace we help to create.  Take a few moments to reflect on this before making any hasty decisions, and reap what you sow. Taking the Time to Listen These days, we are all facing a variety of factors that affect our work performance.  Given the current state of the economy, some employees may be going through some difficult situations in their personal lives.  While it is generally best to separate our work lives from our personal lives, listening to our employees can help bring things into perspective.  Perhaps a usually employee is not performing as well.  Their spouse may have recently lost his or her job, or any number of things could be causing this person pain and distress....
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jephthah: the son of a harlot
2009-01-21 16:31:00
If you've ever felt like you don't 'belong' then you need to read this. In fact, even if you've never felt that way, then you should still read this to understand an important principle.Sometimes people can be very unfair. People often put labels on others that they really don't deserve. And these labels can ultimately define one's future. When I look at the next leader in the Book of Judges I come to Jephthah, and right off the bat I see that he was labeled in two different ways. The first thing mentioned is that he was "a mighty man of valor" (Judges 1:1, NKJV); a title that I assume he worked hard to earn. This is the same label used to describe Gideon, who accomplished some pretty amazing feats to earn that title.However, it is the other label used that gets my attention, and that is the label "the son of a harlot" (Judges 1:1, NKJV). This one apparently was a label that Jephthah had to overcome. Take a look at the text, and think about what this young...
interview :: karen pina
2008-12-01 12:37:00
By a show of hands, how many of you had an easy time finding the right job for you? I'd be willing to bet that, like me, you have probably struggled finding the work that you love to do, and even if you have, maybe had a tough time actually getting that job. If you follow management by God, then you know that I think that God has gifted each one of us to do some amazing stuff. The hard part sometimes is figuring what that is and how to get there gracefully. That's where Karen Pina comes in. Karen is a leadership coach, minister, and author of Is it the job, the boss, you . . . or are you an entrepreneur? Find your career stressors and the success God intends. Recently I had the chance to get an interview with Karen and talk to her about this valuable resource. Here's what Karen had to share:mbG: Why did you write this book? Karen: Dan, I wrote this book to see Christians arrive at the career destination God intends sooner rather than later. It took me 20 plus years of ...
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interview :: matthew hudson
2008-11-03 14:02:00
If Jesus had any pet peeves, I would probably say that it would have to be his dissatisfaction with the routine religious practices of the Jewish people (particularly the leaders). As a result, much of His message while He walked the earth was about change. Jesus was on a mission to change the culture. Often in our workplaces and other organizations, we also need to change the culture if we want to see any significant growth. This is exactly what Matt Hudson 's book Culturific! is all about. Recently, I got to pick his brain a little bit on this topic, and would like to share the results of that interview here...mbg: Tell me a little bit about your background and your family. Hudson: Born and reared in Indiana, today I live in Fort Worth, Texas. I have been in retail for over 26 years. I am still in retail as an owner of a footwear retail business called Big Feet Store. I am the principle and Creative Sensei of Penumbra Group and Penumbra Media and Design. We are a boutique consulti...
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future headline: microfinance ends poverty!
2008-11-03 13:46:00
Consider these statistics... Almost half the world ? over three billion people ? live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. More than 80 percent of the world?s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening. The poorest 40 percent of the world?s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income. According to UNICEF, 26,500-30,000 children die each day (that is one child every three seconds) due to poverty. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (same as children population in France, Germany, Greece and Italy). An estimated 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, with 3 million deaths in 2004. Every year there are 350?500 million cases of malaria, with 1 million fatalities: Africa accounts for 90 percent of malarial deaths and African children account for over 80 percent of malaria victims worldwide. Some 1.8 milli...
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the workplace apostle
2008-10-14 19:31:00
The term "apostle" literally translates as "sent forth one." In New Testament times the original 12 Apostle s were sent forth as direct representatives of The Boss Himself. Their job then was to do the work of Big CEO. These men were given authority by Jesus to teach, preach, heal people, and cast out demons. They were charged by Christ Himself to "make disciples" of all nations.For a deeper description of what this means, an apostle is also defined as one who pioneers and establishes. These people are the leaders that take us into uncharted territory and lay new foundations where we need to build. And because the charge of Christ in the Great Commission had to do with people (and not places or things), then I like to think of this "pioneering and establishing" in terms of people as well. What does that mean? It means that apostles lay these new foundations in people rather than laying a foundation for people. In order for the original 12 Apostles to be successful...
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what i've learned from stress
2008-10-09 21:17:00
Stress sucks! Many studies show that workplace stress can (and does) contribute to cardiovascualr disease (congestive heart failure, aneurysm, etc.), musculoskeletal disorders (back and upper extremity problems), and psychological disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.).  Got your attention yet? "What I've Learned from Stress" is the topic of this group writing project from High Calling Blogs. If there is one thing that I think is already apparent, it is the idea that excessive stress should be avoided! But there is more to it than that. In order to recognize the good in it, we must first identify some of the sources of stress. Fear - When a perceived threat (physical, social, financial, etc.) gets to a certain point, it becomes fear. Fear then leads to "imagined outcomes," or ideas of how a threat will manifest itself in our lives. Uncertainty - When we are not able to predict what is about to happen, then we often feel out of control. Expectations - When we are not able to m...
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join us on facebook!
2008-10-05 21:15:00
I am proud to announce that management by God is now on Facebook ! Come join the management by God group and meet other people who are interested in practicing Biblical principles in the workplace and becoming better leaders in everything that we do. Join discussions with other members, and share videos, photos, and ideas. Or simply stop by to just say "hi"! As Christians in the workplace, we often lack the sense of community that we need in order grow as God intended. I often hear stories about how believers simply do not have other believers around on the job to share and support the Biblical ideas of how to apply our faith in the workplace. The management by God group on Facebook is a place where believers can come together to encourage one another. You will find not only lots of great mbG content there, but also the community that we so badly need.The community is already growing, so come join it yourself, and invite others to get into the conversation. Just don't miss out ...
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HE is here
2008-10-05 19:03:00
I don't always do posts like this on management by God, but I could not resist this one. I was recently working on some important projects, and listening to some stuff on my mp3 player that I have not listened to in a while. Then this track came up, and it blew me away. Just as I was wondering myself about where God is at work in my professional life, this track made me remember that He is here. He is always right here with me. And He is always right there with you. I cannot help but to think about the turmoil that is going on these days with the economy. And I know that the troubles are hitting very close to home for many of us. During times like this, it is easy to wonder where God is. I am reminded of the events recorded in Genesis 26 when Isaac got into some conflict and had some territorial disputes happening. Things must have been a little rocky for a man who survived off of the land and his flocks. But the part that I want to focus on is what happened in v.24... An...
free book giveaway!
2008-09-30 13:06:00
If you follow this blog, then you know that I have been talking a little bit lately about a new book that I am a excited about. Nancy Ortberg's latest called unleashing the POWER of rubber bands: lessons in non-linear leadership is a must-read, and great even for a small group study.Today I would like to give away two free copies of the book! If you would like to win a copy, then here's how this will work. Basically, all you will have to do is check out, and comment on the three posts on management by God that talk about the book. To make it easy for you, I will even put the links to all of the posts right here... the core of leadership book review: unleashing the POWER of rubber bands interview: nancy ortberg You will have until midnight on September 28th (my birthday) to make your comments on all three posts. Then I will randomly select two people (literally by drawing the names from a hat) who have left comments about the content of all three of the posts l...
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interview :: nancy ortberg
2008-09-18 21:20:00
Recently I have had the pleasure of reviewing Nancy Orberg's latest book called unleashing the POWER of rubber bands: lessons in non-linear leadership. This is a fantastic book that I recommend for anyone that wants to live out God's will for your life as a leader in the workplace (or in the ministry). I have also recently had the pleasure of picking Nancy's brain about this book, and here is the result of that interview...mbG: Why did you write unleashing the POWER of rubber bands? Ortberg: Quite simply because I am passionate about the belief that great leadership transforms both individuals and organizations. And most people (myself included) and most organizations need transformation. For lack of a better contrast, there is a difference between ?successful? leadership and ?extraordinary? leadership. I would do anything I could to help more of us fall into the latter category. I also think there are many things that you can do right now, to create momentum as a leader; and ...
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book review :: unleashing the POWER of rubber bands
2008-09-12 17:53:00
I've recently had the opportunity to review the latest book from author Nancy Ortberg which is curiously titled unleashing the POWER of rubber bands: lessons in non-linear leadership. As Ortberg's second book, rubber bands takes an unusual (and sometimes uncomfortable for us linear-types) approach to discussing leadership. Ortberg states that, "early in [her] career [she] learned that [her] understanding of people would rival [her] job competencies in determining [her] leadership success." This is an important point that we should all pay attention to, and is the main theme of rubber bands. Ortberg continues that "this book is a consolidation of what [she has] learned through success and failure, as well as what [she] deeply believe[s] to be true of great leadership." Ortberg accomplishes her mission in this by practicing exactly what she preaches...   by telling stories.Through her storytelling, she illustrates over and over again how leaders should stret...
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the core of leadership
2008-09-04 22:27:00
What is the core of leadership? Honestly, this is a question that I have not considered very much before, even though I regularly write on leadership principles. But I believe that how you answer that question will define what kind of leader you are. I have been reading a new book lately by Nancy Ortberg called Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands: Lessons in Non-linear Leadership . I will be doing a full review on this book later, and even plan to post an interview with the author as well. However, I was so stirred by how Ortberg answers this question in the second chapter of her book, that I had to share some thoughts on the topic right away.Ortberg addressed this issue by stating that she believes that the core of leadership is "hope." At first I didn't quite get the point. I sat in my reading chair thinking, "hmmm...   interesting perspective, but it'll never fly in the real world." But then as I read on, and got drawn in by her argument to this po...
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the five-fold workplace
2008-08-08 19:01:00
In today's workplace there are a variety of needs that need to be met within any organization. And it is up to us to meet those needs. Different needs will require different solutions, and often are best dealt with by different people. So a well-balanced organization should have different types of leaders to help meet the various needs of the organization.We have discussed the various levels of leadership here before (the manager-leader and the executive-leader), but in addition to those levels, we must also look at different types of leaders. And when striving to be a successful leader in the workplace, it is important to focus on a specific area of leadership, or you will run the risk of being mediocre at everything. It doesn't matter how good you think you are, you were not made to be the master of every type of leadership role that there is. The Bible outlines in Ephesians 4:11 what the various leadership roles are for the church....     " And he g...
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3 Guaranteed Ways to Sabotage Your Influence
2008-08-08 18:00:00
We all want our lives to have some sort of impact. If it is not in the workplace, then it may be at home with our kids, in the community, or a variety of other places. Wherever it is, the human condition causes us to have this deeply rooted need for our lives to actually mean something...   to leave a legacy.Stephen Covey points out that, "There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase 'to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy'...   the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution." None of us wants to leave this world thinking that our lives meant nothing. So we strive to develop our legacy, and that happens through how well we influence others here and now. The test of how well we do in this aspect of our lives happens well after we are gone. As we continue with studying Lessons from Leaders, we come to the ...
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the 7 biggest mistakes of a self-centered leader
2008-07-23 16:32:00
Succeeding in the workplace usually takes a great deal of talent. Above anything else, you have to be good at what you do. However, you can excel at all of the technical areas of your job, but never see the advancement and growth within your organization if you do not have certain leadership qualities. This is the case with Abimelech. I know...   you might be saying, "who the heck is Abimelech?"; right? He was the son of Gideon (a.k.a. Jerubbaal which means "contender with Baal"). And if you know much about Gideon, he was a great leader and had done a lot of good for Israel during his time. So as we continue through Judges with our lessons from leaders, we come to Abimelech...   Gideon's son and successor as judge.  Abimelech had a short reign as a judge, mostly because of his self-centeredness. Let's take a look at the mistakes that he made as he worked his way into leadership... He had an unhealthy fixation on position During this ti...
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the tithe and workplace success
2008-07-18 16:05:00
Trust me, the last thing that I wanted to do was to write about the importance of tithing. But before you tune me out, I want you to consider this for a moment. As I continue with the Lessons from Proverbs, I come across a statement that I just cannot get around...First, it is important that you understand something about studying the Proverbs. While they are filled with some of the greatest wisdom ever written, it is not actually considered Biblical "law" (like the 10 commandments). It is wise counsel, that's all. So I am not going to sit here and try to tell you that this is a Biblical commandment. But I do believe that this is wise advice. With that said, let's take a look at the Scripture... Honor the LORD with your wealth   and with the firstfruits of all your produce;then your barns will be filled with plenty,   and your vats will be bursting with wine.           - Proverbs 3:9-10As we break this down, let's ju...
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the secret of your success
2008-07-16 18:11:00
Recently I have been in some conversations around what it takes to be successful in the workplace, and it always seems that people have different ideas as to what it takes. Some will say that it is important to manage your image, others may say that it is simply hard work that helps you rise to the top. However, I have seen (and experienced) how people may excel in these (and other) areas, but still not experience the kind of success that we strive for. So what does it take?As I continue looking for wisdom from the Proverbs, I come to Proverbs 3:7-8 where we are taught: Be not wise in your own eyes;   fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.It will be healing to your flesh   and refreshment to your bones.The first thing that I want to bring your attention to is the last part of this statement. It says, "It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones." What is the "it" that is being referred to here? Well, "it" is the behavior that is mentioned prio...
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subscribing to management by God
2008-07-11 19:55:00
Why Should I Subscribe to management by God?Two words...   free and convenient! Subscribing to management by God will allow you to automatically get updates on the latest articles posted here. These updates do not cost you a thing! They are absolutely free, not only from cost, but also from spam and other junk that you don't want to get.It will also save you time. Keeping up with the latest information on the web is sometimes difficult and time-consuming. Subscribing to the site means that all of the updates are sent directly to you. You no longer have to go looking for the content, it simply comes to you and you can read it at your own leisure.There are two ways that you can subscribe to management by God: Web Feed Subscriptions. The latest articles will be sent to a web feed reader that you set up.   . Email Subscriptions. Articles are sent directly to your email inbox.What is a 'Web Feed Reader' and How Can I Use it?A web feed reader is a tool that you can...
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overcoming the odds
2008-07-08 16:09:00
Believe. If I could sum up what I am about to share with you in one word, that would be it. Believe.Recently, I had the pleasure of acting as the Teacher Coordinator with my church's Vacation Bible School, a week-long program for kids aged 4-12. While I was in charge of teaching them some very valuable lessons, I learned several myself as well. One of the most important ones is the message that I got to share with the kids on faith. In short, we discussed Thomas, the disciple of Jesus that doubted the resurrection unless he could actually see Jesus for himself, including the holes in His hands. Silly man...Anyway, as I prayed and prepared for this lesson on the importance of believing in God even though we cannot see Him, I felt that there was another important message about faith and believing. And as I take a final look at the life of Gideon for the lessons from Biblical leaders, I find that this idea fit very well. Once Gideon had his army dwindled down to a mere 300 men, and wa...
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risk management
2008-04-09 15:32:00
Risk Management has been defined as, "the process of measuring, or assessing risk and developing strategies to manage it." When you go into any new project or other type of initiative, you must weigh out your risks. Missing this means that your project could run into obstacles that you are not prepared to handle, and this could slow you down or even stop you completely. Therefore, being an effective leader includes the need to measure and assess risk in everything that you do, and to develop the strategies that may be needed to overcome them should they arise.As I continue looking at leadership lessons from Biblical leaders, I come across an interesting event in the record of Gideon. Shortly after he was called by the Angel of the Lord to, "go... and save Israel from the hand of Midian," he was instructed by God to do some other work first. God told him to tear down the altars and idols to other gods there in his own hometown, and to set up an altar to the Lord (Judge...
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Lessons from Odd Jobs
2008-03-24 00:10:00
Shortly after getting married I took a huge leap of faith and left a job that was making me miserable. During my time of trying to find a better workplace environment where I knew I could thrive, I hit a spot where I had to find something quick in order to get some cash flow moving. My wife's income just wasn't enough to get us through, and we didn't have much in reserves to hold us over until I found that one, right job that I was looking for. So I landed a gig as the Manager of "Yo-Yo Loco", a kiosk at an open-air outlet mall. During my short time there, I learned a few important lessons... Overcome your pride - As a talented young man looking for a job that would allow me to use my Go-given skills, I had to suck it up and take a job pushing yo-yos and kites in order to get by. It was a pretty humbling experience, and I had to learn that humility the hard way.   Have fun - This was a job where in order for me to be successful, I had to loosen up ...
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what are you passionate about?
2008-02-15 15:59:00
One of the most important things in a workplace is passion. Imagine a workplace where nobody has a passion for what they are doing. I think of people that sound like Eeyore (from Winnie the Pooh) when they answer the phone while saying something like, "hello, I'm happy to help you...". On the other hand, imagine what that same greeting sounds like from someone who is passionate about what they are doing! Their voice will be full of energy and excitement! I also think about great athletes like Jerry Rice. Now here is a man who had a passion for excellence in what he did, and it showed up in the things that he did to keep himself in prime shape while becoming arguably the best wide-receiver to ever play football. Passion...   success in anything relies on it.Passion manifests itself as enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can be a contagious thing to the people around you. Check out what Paul says to the church in Corinth...   "For I know your eagerness to help, and I have ...
Thinking Blogger Award
2008-02-05 16:16:00
Well, management by God has been tagged as a recipient of the Thinking Blogger Award . I thank Jerry from As The Crackerhead Crumbles for selecting me for this great honor. My biggest goal with management by God has been to challenge people to take a serious look at the Scriptures and think about how they can be applied in the workplace. There is way too much guidance there for us to not learn and apply the lessons that wait there for us. So it is nice to know that I seem to be hitting the mark! Thanks Jerry! The participation rules are simple: 1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award'. I know that there are many blogs that make me think, but I know that several of them have already received this award. So, here are some blogs that make me think who I do not believe have ...
lift Him up
2008-01-16 16:24:00
This is a tough one. Political correctness has made it difficult to even say the name of Jesus in the workplace. We are often required to shut down certain aspects of our lives while at work resulting in a deafening quiet regarding spiritual matters. This has always bothered me. A dear friend and co-worker several years ago set it straight when he told me that he was a Christian first, and oh by the way, he also worked for our company. This shift in perspective forced me to stop identifying myself primarily by the work that I do or who my employer is, but by my true identify first and foremost.However, this is not the heart of what I want to talk about today. Yes it is important for us to identify ourselves as Christians first, and then sprinkle that with a little bit of what it is that we do for a living. But what I want to focus on is more about what we do with a foundation such as this. In Proverbs 3:6 we are told, "In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your...
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Book Review: Maxwell Leadership Bible
2008-01-09 15:45:00
I likely won't do this very often, but I got something for my birthday late last year that I just cannot get enough of. It is the Maxwell Leadership Bible . And knowing that my readers are here because of their interest in becoming a better leader in any aspect of life (but especially the workplace), I thought that it would be valuable to offer some insight into this incredible resource.The Bible itself is in the New King James Version. This is not my absolute favorite of the translations, but is certainly a reliable resource. The best part of the Bible though is not which translation that it uses, but the commentary that John Maxwell has provided. If you are familiar with any of his other works like The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership or The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, then you will be very pleased with the inclusion of the articles spread throughout where the Scriptures support these laws and qualities. There are also hundreds of profiles and other articles that...
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mbG Interviewed by Ron Hurst
2008-01-07 13:07:00
Awards are great, but one of the greatest honors that I think that I could have received is to be interviewed by another leader. Manager, Leader, Coach Ron Hurst from Developing Leaders and Material Leadership has recently interviewed me for a new series of podcasts that he is putting together on the topic of purpose. I am quite honored and humbled by his desire to interview me and share some of the management by God story. The large focus of the interview was on "purpose". He wanted to know about how mbG has either helped me to realize or refine the my purpose. I believe, as Ron does, that purpose is one of the most important aspects of being a leader. It is out of purpose that one finds direction. Without purpose, we are simply wandering from random points to random points. Purpose tells us where we are, were we want to go, and even helps to fill in the gaps regarding how to get there from here. Leaders are relied upon to provide vision for their organizat...
mighty man of valor
2008-01-04 16:59:00
No one likes selfish people, but our natural human tendency is to be selfish (at some level). We tend to think of how things affect ourselves before we ever consider how it affects other people. In the English language, there is no literal distinction between the singular and plural versions of the word "you". Therefore, often when people are talking, and they say the word "you", our natural inclination is to think of the singular "you" as opposed to the plural referring to whatever community we may be a part of. This selfishness has nasty implications in the workplace. When there is a group of people who are all out for themselves, then the organization is less likely to achieve its goals. And as creatures of habit, we tend to slip into the same behaviors as the people around us. So when it comes to breaking away from selfishness, we typically need a leader to show us how it is done. The good news here is that in identifying this principle, and we learn from another leade...
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making a stepford wife
2008-01-02 15:45:00
I love the classic (and remake) movie The Stepford Wives. I think that every man has thought about what it would be like to have that "perfect" wife. You know, the one that anticipates and meets your every need. I think that even most women can even relate that it would be cool to have a husband that caters to their every desire. I think that this movie makes an incredible statement about our human nature and the natural desire to want something without having to invest the effort that it takes to "earn" the kind of treatment that would come from the "perfect" spouse.As I look at the next requirement for the manager-leader, I cannot help but to think about this perspective. The qualification here is that "wives are faithful in all things". As we explore this topic, it would be too easy to try to make a list of things that needed to be done in order to keep one's wife "submissive," but not only do I find that idea repulsive, but also not Biblical. I believe that while "submission" o...
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proof positive
2007-12-17 15:52:00
Managers are leaders with something left to prove. Front-line employees look at managers as "the boss". And when a front-line employee gets promoted into a Supervisor/Manager position, it sometimes feels like they have reached "the top". But I prefer to look at supervisor/manager positions as "entry-level" into leadership. Granted, I also feel that everyone has and should develop certain leadership qualities, but the true manager is really just getting started in the process of leadership development.As we look at the next qualification for the manager-leader, we come to the requirement to "serve to prove themselves blameless." This is an interesting one that I will break down into three pieces. First, I will discuss what it means to "serve". Then I will touch on what our motivation is in serving, which is "to prove". And finally, we will discuss the goal of this proving, which is to show ourselves as "blameless". I think that this qualification has obvious implications in the churc...
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