April 19; A Manager Is a Knowledge Worker with Knowledge of His Workers;
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful

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Chapter Four: Relationships; 19 April

so that you may be able to discern what is best and

may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ…

Philippians 1:10

A Manager Is a Knowledge Worker with Knowledge of His Workers

Sunshine

Your Business Professor was retained to consult in a minor position in the Reagan Administration. I was in an office and noticed a barricade of cubicle walls that blocked off a small desk at the end of an unused hall. I looked down the cul de sac and asked, “What does he do?”

No one knew. “Detailed from some where…for something…” whatever.

Accountability and control can be lost in larger organizations. Newspapers reported on a celebrated case on a federal government worker, Ex-EPA official pleads guilty to theft; he also had claimed to work for CIA.

A former high-level official at the Environmental Protection Agency admitted….that he stole nearly $900,000 from the government…top agency managers failed to detect the scheme since it began in 1994.

John C. Beale duped a series of supervisors…

He lied…

His deception continued for some 15 years. Management lost control of the relationship. There was no oversight on the employee or the process–let alone his sincerity.

The original Greek used in the New Testament translates “sincere” as “judged in the full light of the sun,” or “judged by the sun and found genuine.” In the era of the ancient Roman Empire a fraud would insert wax into the cracks of pottery and misrepresent the flawed product as sound and unblemished.

The critical buyer would place the pot in the heat of the sun and wait to learn if any wax melted. The Latin phrase sine cera, “without wax” for “sincere” implies the same word origin and usage.

Indeed, Statutes that mandate that meetings of governmental agencies and departments be open to the public at large are called “Sunshine Laws.”

Simple controls and knowledge of the individuals and their projects can save the manager a “crackpot” embarrassment. so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ… Philippians 1:10.

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