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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Clear Vision

Just received this from our friend, Pat, and thought I would share.

One thing that I learned early in managing a business is that you have to be perfectly clear with your employees. They shake their head yes and say yes but then go and mess something up, because they really didn’t understand. And I have never really liked bosses or church leaders that are vague and beat around the bush.
In business, in church, in your family and in all of this life, you will always accomplish more through others than you will ever accomplish by yourself.

But you'll only do it if you're able to give clear direction. Most of the time a successful business manager has successful people working under them that understand the company mission, policies and goals or objectives. And for sure it is the same way in a church, a family or any organization.

My marriage works really good because my wife finally learned to be very clear with me. HA!

There is an old story about a track coach who always communicated his goal to his runners before the race. Just before the starter's gun sounded to start the race he would say, "Stay to your left, run as fast as you can and get back here as soon as you can." It doesn't get any clearer than that!

I have a new quote book and Ed Rowell says, "A dream is a better future in need of an architect who will show others how to make it a reality." So it helps in your business and your life if you can kind of become like an architect. You must identify the dream and be able to plan it and draw it, not only for your benefit but also for the benefit of others. If you create a fuzzy and vague picture or plan, people will follow you in a fuzzy and vague way.

Lack of clarity hinders initiative, inhibits persistence, and undermines follow-through. People don't give their best to something they don't understand. They don't stay on course for something they don’t understand. Nobody becomes motivated by something they kinda, sorta, believe in.

The Bible says in I Corinthians 14:40 "Let all things be done decently and in order". God is a God of order, and He honors our efforts when they are carried out in a clear and orderly way. God instructed the prophet Habakkuk, "Write the vision down and make it plain on tablets”,

Last Sunday, our senior pastor was talking to a visitor after the 2nd service and they told him, “I believe in God but I don’t believe in organized religion”. Without blinking an eye, my pastor said, “That’s great; our church is so disorganized that you’ll love it here”. He was joking of course—but what a great come back.

If you are not clear as to your vision, seek God's guidance, write down what He tells you, and communicate it to those who work under you or those you need in a clear, step-by-step, orderly way.



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