July 8; How Can We Become Like Jesus?
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful

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Chapter Seven: Power; 8 July

But you, brothers and sisters,

are not in darkness

so that this day should surprise you like a thief.

1 Thessalonians 5:4

How Can We Become Like Jesus?

Not Surprised

WWJD?

Question: What Would Jesus Do?

Answer: The right thing.

Question: What does Jesus know?

Answer: Everything.

Even the most talented manager cannot be omniscient and have complete Divine knowledge about our every move like Our Creator. But the boss better have some idea on what’s up with the troops.

The Christ knows our every next move and knows our prayers even before we pray. The Lord of heaven and earth is not surprised by His people. And neither should the human manager, here on earth, bound in sin and leading fallen men. Managers must still get things done through the imperfect, crooked condition of mere humans and human nature.

The Christian is not surprised as will be the unbeliever when Jesus returns. Before then, the manager should not be surprised by current events.

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General Ridgway, who kept the Free World from losing the entire Korean peninsula in the early 1950’s, reminds the manager that he must control events or be controlled by them. But he must know what the events are. He cannot be in the dark. Ridgway said, “The only inexcusable offense in a commanding officer is to be surprised.”

How does our modern manager learn to anticipate events and to not be surprised? What does he need?

Candor.

Candor is defined as an unreserved, honest, or sincere expression; forthrightness. However, candor’s first definition is “whiteness, brilliance.” The Latin related roots include candid and the Old English “candel.” From these origins we get ‘candor’ and ‘candle.’ We get the light, which dispels the darkness.

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How does The Thinking Manager get candor in his life? He asks for it. Non-stop. Perhaps no one did this better than the Irish Catholic congressman from Massachusetts, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill. He served from the early 1950’s to the late 80’s. He is best known for the maxim, “All politics is local.” He died in 1994.

Tip O’Neill loved to talk and as he walked the halls of the congress he would greet every passerby. He worked the local office politics. He would ask every one, “What do you hear? What’s new? What should I know about…?” We can see how he might start every meeting by quizzing his staff to get information on all the congressional members (let’s not call it gossip). He was seldom surprised. He knew everything about everybody. He was elected by his peers to be the Speaker of the House 1977 to 1987.

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Another popular politician during this period, Ed Koch also invited—no, demanded—candor from constituents. Mayor Koch would accost New Yorkers on the subway and from every street corner, with, “How’mIdoin’?” (How am I doing?). He’d get an earful. They loved him. He served as NYC mayor from 1978 to 1989.

The best managers are not surprised.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 1 Thessalonians 5:4.

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