June 3; A Fruitless Manager Is Grounds For Cutting MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK: 365 Daily Bible Verse & One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful
Chapter Six: Correction; 3 June
So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard,
‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree
and haven’t found any.
Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’
|A Fruitless Manager Is Grounds For Cutting|
Up or Out
“Most of our senior officers…are deadwood and should be eliminated from the service as rapidly as possible.” Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall.
At the beginning of WWII the officer corps was aging, tired and ineffective. General Marshall was looking to advance and recruit a dynamic new aggression on a new battlefield.
The coming war was going to need new military leadership with stamina and innovative combat management skills. When things go right and success is easy, the sins and shortcomings of managers are easily hidden or irrelevant.
In the beginnings of WWII the US Army was irrelevant. It was not a force that added up to much—it was ranked 19th in size behind Spain, Portugal, and Bulgaria.
Marshall would take the army from 174,000 soldiers to over 8 million by the end of the war in 1945.
Like the vineyard owner in Luke, the General was impatient. Marshall did not have three years to groom and nurture an expanding officer corps. The country only had months. It was an emergency.
How did the army, a gigantic bureaucracy, move so fast?
Marshall needed to get the country’s best people into leadership slots. He said,
I’m going to put these men to the severest tests which I can devise in time of peace. I’m going to start shifting them into jobs of greater responsibility than those they hold now…Then I’m going to change them, suddenly, without warning, to jobs even more burdensome and difficult…Those who stand up under the punishment will be pushed ahead. Those who fail are out at the first sign of faltering.
As Luke 13:7 suggests: a good gardener, the manager, must husband his resources. Sometimes the only way to get results is not in nourishment (training) or in pruning (reassignment); but in removal to free the ground for a new planting. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’