Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- December 14, 2011
“And he [Jesus] directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.” Matthew 14:19
Jesus was a leader worth following, but He was also a manager who managed well. He understood the importance of an orderly process, and He implemented it effectively. Management is the method for executing the mission. Leadership ensures the enterprise is on the right strategic path. However, leadership will languish without good management moving critical initiatives forward toward their milestones.
Wise managers clearly define who, what, when and where. There is an attention to detail that supports the overall objectives of the team. Managers diagnose problems, and then bring solutions to bear that remove obstacles and reclaim progress. Managers implement methods that support the success of the organization. Managers manage productive processes. Like the Lord in His creation, they bring order and discipline to the enterprise.
“Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.” Job 25:2
Successful managers are almost obsessive about clear communication and mission critical measurements. They constantly ask, “Does the team understand their responsibilities and deadline for results?” “How can we be better at what we do?” “What are the leading indicators telling us, and how do we need to adjust?” As a manager you are a steward of God’s time, money and resources at home and at work.
So, seek the owner Jesus for His wisdom and expectations related to people and process. Good managers make people their priority while still managing below budget. Your task may seem impossible, but you can trust the Lord to multiply your efforts and resources in creative and innovative ways. Stay faithful to manage well and you will be in a position to be entrusted with much more.
“Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together.” (Matthew 25:21, NLT)
How would I improve as a manager if I served people more at their point of need?
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