Wise leaders and managers understand that the standard for best practices is defined by the truth of the Bible. To build excellent organizations requires alignment with the truth. It is therefore imperative that all stakeholders are accountable to deportment defined by the truth. When stakeholders deviate from this standard, correction must be administered. Correction is not easy or pleasant, nor is it necessarily successful every time. But building a culture aligned with the truth is an...
Culture of Prayer
The purpose of organizations is to produce excellent work product. To do this requires sound spiritual reality in the hearts of all stakeholders. A culture of transparency and prayer is therefore essential. The only prayers that will be heard and answered by God are prayers aligned with his will and ways. And the only people who can offer prayers of alignment are righteous people—people growing and maturing in Christ. These people are not perfect but over a prolonged period time display...
Culture of Contentment
Leaders and managers should model for all organizational stakeholders a life of meekness expressed by the proper use of the tongue. Organizational cultures populated with people prone to grumble against one another will be toxic. But organizational cultures built with people who are meek will be healthy. The difference is that grumbling against one another reflects discontentment with and lack of gratitude toward God, but meekness reflects contentment with and gratitude toward God. One of...
Wealth Without Wisdom
Organizational leaders must recognize that one of the key tools—a means—for strategically aligning with the will of God is temporal wealth. God provides these resources to enable organizations to fulfill their mission in the divinely ordained metanarrative. Wise leaders recognize the purpose of temporal provision is to support God’s will for the organization and all stakeholders. This means, among other things, that management will use temporal resources to fulfill obligations on time, on...
Management as a Pastoral Function, Part II
God is sovereignly in control of his universe and therefore ordains the existence of every person and organization. Leaders and managers are, therefore, sovereignly placed in positions of authority. Like shepherds or pastors, leaders and managers would be wise to learn from the failures of the shepherds of Israel. Every leader and manager is sovereignly given authority to represent God and therefore must seek to fulfill the purpose of God both individually and organizationally. Pastoring...
Management as a Pastoral Function, Part I
Management must guard against using workers for their own personal agendas, such as, using workers as pawns to make money. This is abuse. One of the key roles of management is to utilize workers according to their divine design and shepherd them into alignment with the will and ways of God. Shepherding workers correctly will produce healthy workers and healthy organizations. Healthy organizations will produce good results and will serve customers with excellence. In all this, God will be...
A Predicate for Success
Management must develop strategic plans aligned with the will and ways of God. Care must be taken to humbly develop plans by seeking divine wisdom and guidance. Strategic planning is therefore a spiritual activity that requires prayer, obedience to scriptural principles, and spiritual discernment. The motive must always be pure—to seek alignment with the will and ways of God. When management functions accordingly, an efficacious predicate for success will be established.
Going Low Raises the Bar
Management must humble themselves (go low) before God to raise the bar of excellence. Accordingly, management must recognize that God is engaged in his creation and grants favor when individuals and organizations work in alignment with his will and ways. Therefore, humble management will seek humble workers. Such workers will enjoy the favor of God in their work and display traits such as submission to authority and teachability. An organization built on humility as a seminal virtue will...
Guard your heart from the sin of mammon worship. Disdaining competition is an indicator of mammon worship. The opposite of mammon worship is the worship of God expressed in the principle of stewardship. Management must model and teach stewardship to all stakeholders. When this view takes hold in the organization, competition is valued because it challenges the organization to be more effective, efficient, and creative. Competition makes organizations better and serves the interests of the...