Management By Proverbs Essay

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Management By Proverbs by Michael ZigarelliPrinciples of Management - Ba 203 Sec. 3Jesse K. BrockwayFebruary 28, 2011INTRODUCTIONThe one book that stuck out to me was Management by Proverbs because I try to read a Proverb every day and I thought this would be a good addition to my devotions. I told God that if He wanted me to read a specific book, I wanted Him to provide it. I got back to my room and got on University Yardsale and started looking up some of the books. I only found one copy of the book I was interested in. Management by Proverbs was for sale and was listed for only five dollars! I thought to myself, "There are over one hundred people in this class, and we all have to do this assignment. The chance of me getting this book for so cheap is really slim." I almost did not even bother to email, but I remembered that I had made a deal with God so I should at least give Him a chance to answer my prayer. Apparently I was the first to email and I took that as God answering and granting my request (Luke 11:9).SUMMARYValue Employee Input. This principle really is broken down into two sections. First, managers should be humble enough to at least hear and consider employee inputs and ideas when they make suggestions. Second, managers should be diligent in actively seeking these suggestions from employees (Prov. 18:15). It is very easy for managers to look down on their employees as being less important and, in that thinking, less knowledgeable. Managers need to realize that although some employees may not have a super high IQ, these employees are the front line of the organization and, for the most part, these same employees see problems that mangers often miss. Because of this, managers should not only listen to their employee's advice, but also ask their employees for it. Either through surveys or direct hotline like Pillsbury, managers need to make the effort to get input from their employees. The difference in NASA's Challenger disaster and Pillsbury's success is how each of them handled employee input.Think of Profits as a Means, Not an End. If you ever ask anyone what the primary goal of a business is, I almost guarantee you that ninety-five percent of those people would say something to the effect of "to make money." In a sense they are right, but the author points out a very rebuking thought - the primary goal of a business is to serve God, not to make money (Samuel 12:24). Making money is not bad in and of itself, but it becomes sin if it is the primary goal of our lives. Everything in the world is God's including everything we or our business owns. This means that God should have control over all our possessions as well as our money. This does not mean that God expects us to give Him all of our money, but rather He wants us to have a specific attitude towards money. If someone is in need, we should be generous in helping them whether they are a Christian or not (Heb. 13:16). If we decide to be greedy...

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