Preconceived Expectations

Preconceived Expectations

In the Second Book of Kings, Chapter 5, there is the story of Naaman and Elisha.

Elisha was the understudy of the prophet Elijah and when Elijah slept with his fathers, Elisha became the man of God, the prophet.  Naaman was the commander of the army for the king of Syria and he was held in high regard by his king.

At that time the Syrian army had been making raids into Israel (see how long this stuff had been going on in the Middle East) and one of the captives was a little girl who ended up working for Naaman.

Naaman is described in the Bible as a valiant man, but he was a leper.  The girl from Israel knew of the prophet Elisha and told Naaman’s wife about him.  The little girl told her that Elisha could cure her husband. Continue reading

Expectations of False Gods

Expectations of False Gods

Isaiah 51:7-8

On a high and lofty mountain
    you have set your bed,
    and there you went up to offer sacrifice.
Behind the door and the doorpost
    you have set up your memorial;
for, deserting me, you have uncovered your bed,
    you have gone up to it,
    you have made it wide;
and you have made a covenant for yourself with them,
    you have loved their bed,
    you have looked on nakedness.

Isaiah starts Chapter 51 of his book with this verse:

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord….

Isaiah prophesied about the pending destruction of Judah and the Jews being carried off into captivity by the king of Babylon.  Those captured and enslaved will be the lucky ones, the others are set to be destroyed by pestilence, famine and the sword. Continue reading

Expectations Of God

Expectations Of God

Job 24:1

“Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty,

    and why do those who know him never see his days?

Job is responding to the accusations of his friends.  They are telling him that he has committed some sort of sin to incur the wrath of God.  They believe the tragedies that Job has suffered were not just a random act.

Job who is a righteous man has lost his wealth and his family.  His friends have come to console him but they end up chastising Job for not admitting to the sin they are sure he has committed. Continue reading

Preconceived Expectations

Preconceived Expectations

In the Second Book of Kings, Chapter 5, there is the story of Naaman and Elisha.

Elisha was the understudy of the prophet Elijah and when Elijah slept with his fathers, Elisha became the man of God, the prophet.  Naaman was the commander of the army for the king of Syria and he was held in high regard by his king.

At that time the Syrian army had been making raids into Israel (see how long this stuff had been going on in the Middle East) and one of the captives was a little girl who ended up working for Naaman.

Naaman is described in the Bible as a valiant man, but he was a leper.  The girl from Israel knew of the prophet Elisha and told Naaman’s wife about him.  The little girl told her that Elisha could cure her husband. Continue reading

A Manager Must Be A Teacher

A Manager Must Be A Teacher

A good manager must be a teacher.

I wrote that note after watching a manager from another department come into the sales department and proceed to lecture a worker.

The manager was being critical of the person’s work in their usual condescending manner, telling them what was wrong with how they had performed their job.

Now the worker kept pushing back, explaining why they did what they did and how it was the correct decision at the time but the manager would have none of it.  The worker tried to explain how another department had assisted and directed them in doing what they did.

The worker suggested they should get together, the manager, the worker and the person from the other department and discuss this matter so they all three can understand the situation, get it right and make it acceptable for all parties.

The manager gruffly responded saying, “No, you two work it out and get me what I need.” Continue reading

Stop Trying To Beat Moses

Stop Trying To Beat Moses

When I was a manager there were several days where I became frustrated with getting my team to do what needed to be done.

I like to think that it wasn’t due to a lack of communication or training but it very well could have been.

I held regular training sessions in both group and individual settings.  I would give instructions and ask the person who I was instructing to repeat them back to me thinking this would help them understand my instructions and show me that they had a good grasp of the task at hand.

I would try to make sure I was communicating my expectations and give a detailed time frame steering clear of subjective terms like, soon or now or whenever you have some time.  I would give a specific date and or time to have the work completed. Continue reading

Unintended Consequences, How to Reduce Them.

Unintended Consequences, How to Reduce Them.

Unintended consequences, we all experience them just about every day of our life.  Most are minor maybe you don’t even notice them, some have a major impact on our life.  Of course there can be good or bad consequences.  I’m talking about the ones that have a negative impact.

You make a decision, take action and then something happens because of that action that you never expected to happen or intended to have happen.

It’s almost a law of nature, like the law where every flat surface will collect stuff (at least at my house). I guess it’s part of Murphy’s Law.

I think a lot of people especially inexperienced people use unintended consequences as an excuse, a way to rationalize bad decisions.

Unintended consequences can be reduced by simply taking the time to learn and understand how things work. Continue reading