Taken from the MOP!
Let all things be done decently and in order ( 1Cor.14:40 ).
1. What’s everybody’s business is nobody’s business.
2. We can only do so much, so we have to do it where it counts & where it will go the furthest & accomplish the most!
3. Any general who doesn’t know what ammo he’s got or who’s got it or where it’s at is insane & he’s going to lose the war!
4. The job of leadership is to put everybody to work at a job they can do, & keep them working & make sure it’s done.
5. Leaders shouldn’t do anything someone else can do!–Only the things that no one else can do but you! Otherwise you’ll be busy doing everyone else’s job but your own.
6. Be definite in your instruction & counsel & they will be definite in carrying it out!
7. You’ve got to keep your feet on the ground, even if your head is in the clouds!–And keep your heart right there in between to keep the balance!
8. To accept good advice is but to increase one’s ability.
9. Being a good executive means you assemble your people and share with them and listen to them.
10. When it comes to things that are practical, the leaders ought to listen to their helpers!
11. Once you have given approval or okayed a project, you need to leave your co-workers alone and let them carry it out the way they think best.
12. If God Himself won’t do all the thinking for us and expects us to do some for ourselves, then who are we to try to make all the decisions, do all the thinking, give all the orders, and carry them all out besides?
13. The job of the executive is to merely be the guy who keeps things moving and the power that must keep pushing.
14. A good executive should let his people do the work, recommend the work, initiate the work, and by all means carry out the work!
15. Any smart executive is going to pump people power!–He’s not going to try to be the power!
16. The government must cooperate with the people, and the people must cooperate with the government.
17. No side is always all right and the other all wrong.
18. Every job of any kind has to have a boss, or you have chaos!
19. Training of men is the chief job of any executive & the best way to train men to do your job is to have them help you with your own work.
20. As General Patton once put it: “Don’t tell a man how to do a thing. Tell him what you want done, & he’ll surprise you by his ingenuity.”
21. Deadlines can be lifelines!
22. Learn to organise, deputise & supervise.
23. Not all that matters is the man: The man must also have a plan.
24. The whole secret of freedom from anxiety of not having enough time lies not in working more hours but in the proper planning of hours.
25. You can spend days planning & thinking & programming, but if you aren’t listening to God, it’s a waste of time.
26. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. Pro.11:14.
27. Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. Pro.15:22.
28. Plan your work–work your plan.
29. Next to knowing all about your own business, the best thing is to know all about the other fellow’s.
30. A company is known by the men it keeps.
31. Don’t let your committee become a group that keeps minutes & loses hours.
32. A lot of people get through thinking before they think things through.
33. If you ask enough people, you can usually find somebody who’ll advise you to do what you were going to do anyway.
34. Too many meetings are held each month for no better reason than that it has been a month since the last one.
35. Shorthand is a device used by secretaries to make you wonder what you really said.
36. It’s “meticulous” when someone points out a spelling error in a memo. It’s “nit-picking” if you wrote the memo.
37. An optimist is a guy who marries his secretary & expects to continue dictating.
38. Everybody’s out litnessing & having fun, but the secretary’s work is never done.
39. Any good secretary knows more about her boss’s business than he does, and she should!
40. A good inspired secretary can make a great man out of almost anybody.
41. What’s everybody’s job is nobody’s job.
42. God help us to avoid trying to operate any sinking ships or any ships that are bigger than we can handle.
43. The Lord is a very great Employer. He has this whole World at our disposal, so if work runs out in one place, we can always go to someplace else, since He’s a multinational corporation & He has works all over the World.
44. It’s a big job to do the initial organising & getting things in shape, but then it doesn’t take too much work to keep it flowing smoothly.
45. When you’ve got a winning team of good staff members who know how to work together and who get along well together with as little personality friction as possible, try to keep’em together.–Nothing succeeds like success!
46. The formula for success is simply putting the right people in the right jobs, & then sitting on the side-lines & being a good cheerleader.
47. Don’t spread yourselves out so thin that you risk losing some of the ground you’ve already gained.
48. Two men can do three times as much as one man.
49. Many hands make light work.
50. I use not only all the brains I have, but all I can borrow!
51. It is best for the chief executive to simply pump out the material: The counsel, the suggestions, the discussion–to pump it out of his people.
52. I believe in people power!
53. Pump people power!
54. Every government has to heed the voice of its minority as well.
55. When you can’t say “no” for yourself, then you have to engage the help of others to say no for you.
56. Keep it small and simple!–And then almost anybody can run it, even the small and simple-minded!
57. Light is the task where many share the toil.
58. Keep work piled ahead of you. This puts on the pressure & forces you to work nearer your top capacity.
59. Plan your work, set goals, avoid distractions, work with foresight, read material that will help your work. Do the unpleasant job first. Make yourself work. Decide trifles quickly. Start vigorously & promptly, work for quality, use your spare time, make it a habit to do two things at once, train others to help you, work for the Lord & others, take on more work, expand your abilities, require production from yourself. Learn to like your work by making it a habit. Then you can play at your job.–It’s fun!
60. If you really want to know how to get organised, this is the way: pray and let God lead first.
61. There’s a place for everybody, & everybody ought to be in their place!
62. We want to have the right people in the right places for the right job.
63. I believe in people power!–It’s just as necessary as paper power!–Because if we don’t learn to lead people, our paper power will be nothing!
64. Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
65. If I had the slightest doubt about it or hesitancy about any kind of a deal at all, let me tell you, I wouldn’t sign one jot or one tittle on a contract.
66. I am a believer in punctuality, though it often makes me very lonely.
67. Every good king is surrounded by many counsellors who advise & counsel him what to do!
68. Don’t neglect to communicate! No army can operate without communication! No body can move without coordination!
69. Technical perfection, Beloved, isn’t what we need!–What we need is more heart, not just mere office efficiency.
70. You must realise how important it is to set down specific rules & a check-&-balance system so people can’t make costly mistakes.
71. Every one of you leaders should be training two or three other people to do your job, sharing your secrets & formulas with them!
72. You’re going to get more done if you will spend more time in that room alone with God, away from the maddening mob & with your paperwork.
73. Good business management & organisation as well as the Spirit is the life’s blood by which this outfit operates.
74. Without the Spirit we’re nothing, without the Lord we’re nothing. No matter how good our business management & ability & leadership & organisation might be, without the Lord we’d be an empty shell, a bunch of dead machinery like some of these churches!
75. You didn’t know this was a business? Well, it’s a big business, a very important business, the most important in the whole World!–It’s the Lord’s business!
76. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t run the Lord’s business just as well, if not better, than the World does theirs.–And that requires organisation & financing & management & salesmanship & equipment & personnel, & we ought to have the best. And I think we do, for the job we have to do!
77. We’re not trying to cut down on the work & the ministries & the results, but we’re trying to increase efficiency & effectiveness & fruitfulness in order to accomplish more with less to get a bigger job done.
78. We’re trying to accomplish more with fewer people working more efficiently & effectively & fruitfully & profitably by doing a better, more efficient, more effective job, working harder with fewer to get more done, because indeed the labourers are few.
79. I keep a project chart on every project, every Letter, everything I’m doing & exactly what stage it’s in.
80. I don’t fret about the future, I don’t worry about it. I just try to plan for it.
81. Records, stats, project charts & diaries are important.
82. If someone is doing the best they can & that is not good enough, we’ll have to find somebody who can do better.
83. Every job requires a man first! You’ve got to find your man or woman, somebody who’s got the vision & the faith & the burden for it.
84. Whenever it comes time to make a major move, it’s also usually time to re-think the job you’re doing & your personnel.
85. We have to get the army organised & together or how can it ever fight the battle if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound or they don’t even know who’s supposed to blow the trumpet or call the shots!
86. I like to set my sights high & aim at a goal that I know would be good if we could ever attain it. There’s no use bringing our goals down to the level of little faith.–We should try to raise our faith to the level of higher goals.
87. Your organisation should have a check & double check system which makes sure that no stone is left unturned, & no item neglected, no job left only to one person’s discretion without supervision.
88. You cannot neglect the seemingly more insignificant phases of your operation, not even one tiny member of the body, or the whole body will suffer.
89. We should never become so swamped in statistics that we lose an appreciation of the value of the individual.
90. An army whose communications are poor, with some sectors out of touch, is either not ready, or sorely weakened, for a new invasion.
91. Somebody’s got to be responsible for every single job.
92. Schedules are always one of your major problems! The Lord Himself drew up a weekly schedule for us the very first thing after Creation!–“Six days shalt thou labour, & on the seventh, thou shalt rest”!–( Ex.34:21 )–A very good plan for us all!
93. Volunteers are always willing-spirited & always volunteering, whereas the slothful are always willing to loaf. So a schedule makes it fair or everyone & gives each person their proper training & experience.
94. In a schedule, every moment of time must be budgeted exactly, & every person must get his fair share of both burdens & blessings, so that none shall be overworked, overburdened, neglected in training, or permitted to waste time or do less than his share!
95. You should study carefully the qualifications, talents, skills, training, education, experience, & personal preferences of your co-labourers in the Lord, & try to give them not only the kind of work they’re best fitted for, but also that which they would prefer & like & choose to do.
96. You ought to be willing to stand back & size up the situation & say, “I can do this, but I can’t do that. I must do this, but I must not do that. This is my calling, but not that. These are my talents, but not those. This is what God wants me to do, but not that.”
97. You need to create a machine that can run itself with you at the wheel & sometimes at the controls, an organisation that will operate on its own without you, so that things will carry on whether you’re there or not.
98. Everybody’s got his own job & everybody should have some say so, some authority.
99. I’m for the simplification of reporting & the cutting down of reports & the reading of them as much as possible.
100. Look at that garden out there. Apparently God’s got this World pretty well organised but He put man in the Garden to tend it & keep it. ( Gen.2:15 )
101. We have found out that the more opinions we get on work projects, the better.
102. Every army needs some type of organisation, planning & attack so that we don’t fall over each other by having too many in some places & not enough in others, so that we will spread out & recognise the needs on various fronts & shift personnel according to the need. As in any battle, as every commander knows, we must keep our eyes on all fronts & send help to those that need help & are weak, & take it from those that are strong.
103. What kind of an army would it be that was simply going by the old rulebook established centuries ago, without any immediate, present, direct communication with some kind of leadership such as its Commander-in-Chief right now?
104. Without personal, immediate, day-to-day, moment-by-moment direction from above, what kind of an army are we going to have?–What kind of a mess with every man doing as he pleases & what he thinks should be done & going his own way with no coordination, no organisation, no central leadership, no plan, no counsel, no communication & no specific direction?
105. The more we can push administration down to the local level, the better off the whole Family will be. Because when the Crash or the war or whatever is going to come next hits, they’ll be able to carry on without us, & all we’ll have to worry about is trying to get the Word to them.
106. Much more is able to get done by committee or small group more efficiently, so the less people you involve who really have no part in these deliberations, the better.
107. Meetings are often prayerful & inspirational as we study the situation, & a lot of what we do & say is sort of thinking on our feet.
108. In order to save the body, you sometimes have to cut off one finger at a time!–Because it’s better to preserve the head & some of the body than try to keep the whole thing & have it starve to death.
109. It’s not good to have just one man responsible for a job, since he’s bound to make mistakes sometimes. At least one person ought to be checking on him! You can call it spying if you want to, but it’s double-checking & it’s much more foolproof than being proud.
(See also No. C , 22 , 24 , 26 , 47 , 50 , 53 , 54 , 55 , 58 , 59 , 60 , 67 , 76 , 106 , 107 , 112 , 129 , 141 , 155 , 175 , 176 , 178 , 210 , 253 , 297 , 328C , 329C , 357 , 580 , 650 , 653 , 657 , 659 , 660 , 663 , 674 , 683 , 696 , 832 , 862 , 871 , 886 , 888 , 889 , 896 , 903 , 932 , 1046 , 1050 , 1051 , 1070 , 1093 , 1115 , 1212 , 1276 , 1320 , 1323 , 1417 , 1433 , HH5.)
110. Exo. 18:21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
111. 2CH.19:6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, Who is with you in the judgment.
112. PSA.112:5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
113. PRO.11:1 A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is His delight.
114. ISA.10:1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed.
115. ACT.6:2-4 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the Word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word.
116. Act.14:23 When they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord.
117. 1CO.12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
118. 1CO.14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm. hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation, Let all things be done unto edifying.
119. 1Co.14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
(See also EXO.18:13-26 ; NUM.11:16,17,24,25 ; DEU.1:9-17 ; ACT.6:2-6 .)
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