Here’s the first one by an author unknown to me:
CFO to CEO:
“What happens if we invest in developing people and they leave us?”
CEO to CFO:
“What happens if we don't and they stay?”
It will pay vast dividends if you really think through the above conversation. Earl Nightingale often said that the first thing he did when taking over an established business was to invite the deadwood to float elsewhere. Sounds brutal until you think about it. Unhappy, unqualified workers are somewhere near the top of the list of unproductive costs that must be cut in any endeavor. In today’s world it might have some salvatory benefit to the group and individual as a first effort and then…
The proper training for whatever part you play is essential and it pays to at least attempt to find, train and keep people who respond to the expert training for their area of effort.
Along this line famous billionaire, Sir Richard Branson, currently a leader in civilian space travel experiments, has this to say:
“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don't want to.”
In sharing earned grief with other pastors I often offer advice to them when they are hiring staff members. Over the years I paid a dear price for this advice to settle into a very thick skull. The sum total of the advice is simple: If the relationship fails, is the person readily employable elsewhere? It’s hard to invite people to leave, when you know they do not have the essentials for the work that they want to be involved in. If you find it too “hard” to let incompetence go, you will find it even harder to be looking for a new line of work yourself. Attitude, high or low energy etc., are very important, depending somewhat on the kind of work to be done.
Both statements on this subject are very important if you are hiring others. Has it ever occurred to you that you may have to hire yourself? If this happens, what kind of work would you like to do? How can you improve your chances of getting into and succeeding in this work? What have others done?
One of my pastors and dear friend over many years, Dr. Tom Wallace, will be 86 years of age this month (August 22nd). He speaks in numerous venues which have large Spanish speaking memberships. To be more effective to this group he is learning to speak and write in the Spanish language! I have learned a lot of Spanish over the years, most of which is unacceptable in our work!
Discovering capable help is very important. Growing through study is also of utmost importance.
Paul touched on this subject with this verse; 2Timothy 2:2 “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” There’s a rub in this verse. See if you can find it.
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