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Management’s Good Behavior [blog]

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In the business section of The New York Times on Sunday 13 March 2011, an article was published showing the results of a survey project called Oxygen, done by the Google company, in which more than 10,000 observations and 400 pages of interviews were collected on the subject of good manager and management. So, here are the results:

  1. Be a good coach
  2. Empower your team and do not micromanage
  3. Express interest in team members; success and personal well-being
  4. Be productive and result-oriented
  5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team
  6. Help your employees with career development
  7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team
  8. Have key skills so you can help advise your team

I think that this survey did not reveal anything new. It’s value lays in the confirmation of the already known issues, especially to the leaders in Christian organizations. Most of the listed above come naturally if you put Jesus in center of your work, ministry and managing your team. Then their well being, development, good advice, at times brinkmanship and pushing the ‘stretch’ assignments, have even more sense. Especially the statement like this one: “Get to know your employees as people, with lives outside of work.”

I have a strong impression that most of secular companies are using the servant leadership Biblical model for some time now, for years actually. Interestingly enough, some Christian organizations are still using top-down and “I am the spiritual leader here.” What is your experience?

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