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...
God and Money
Organizational leaders must guard against the temptation to seek to worship God and money, which is impossible. The primary goal of organizations should not be financial profit but alignment with the will and ways of God. Profit is a by-product of alignment with God. And given the intentional strategic nature of God, the profit that God grants an organization is what is needed for the organization to fulfill God’s purpose. Organizational success is therefore measured by the degree of...
Meekness of Wisdom
Wise people are recognized by the excellence of their attitudes and actions. They are divinely blessed people who build their lives based on a sound knowledge of God and, therefore, enjoy the favor of God in every area of life, including their work. Such people are the only ones who consistently enjoy divine favor and therefore consistently deliver excellent value. Consequently, organizational leaders should seek to build their organizations with wise people—people whose conduct displays...
Sin in Stakeholders
Management must recognize the bias to sin—the inclination to think and act contrary to God’s standards—in all people and, therefore, in all stakeholders: owners, managers, workers, associates, suppliers, subcontractors, customers, and regulators. One way to detect the level of sin in anyone is to listen to what he or she says. Wise managers are good listeners and understand that to deliver excellent value requires stakeholders who are internally motivated to obey God’s standards, that is,...
Gambling on Hypocrisy
Management must understand that people cannot compartmentalize their private lives from their work lives. The core values of workers will be manifested in every area of their lives. To deliver excellent value, organizational leaders must embrace biblical core values, such as sacrificial faithfulness. Correspondingly, organizations must have workers whose core values are defined by Scripture. This means that an organization must build with workers whose personal core values are truly...