July 11; Do You Deserve a Dream Team?
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful

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Chapter Seven: Power; 11 July

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.

“Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”

Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.

But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.

For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me.

I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes.

I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him,

“I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

Matthew 8:5-10

Do You Deserve a Dream Team?

Stature

The driver stopped directly at the entrance to my office building. My assistant was there at the door with a waiting elevator.

I was whisked to my office, settled into my arion chair (extra back support), coffee appeared at my elbow (splash of cream, one packet brown sugar) and a red folder with decision documents helpfully tagged pointing to where I would sign-off with my signature. I didn’t read the documents.

Why should I? Eager, competent staff had studied the issues, developed options, vetted the alternatives and made recommendations. Recommendations that I could trust and endorse without a moment’s hesitation. (I am a decisive kind of guy.)

I would be done in an hour and looked forward to an early lunch meeting with our biggest customer—after I finished The Wall Street Journal. I would have plenty of margin to hit my 2:10 tee time…*

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I was dreaming. Yes, I did enjoy each of the above points and they did each occur to me over the last half-century. But never all on the same day. Goodness, never in the same year. Yes, I teach this stuff, but it doesn’t mean that I’ve ever experienced it first hand. But I still dream. ‘A man’s reach must exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?’

Every manager dreams of having an empowered, proficient team who will anticipate, adapt and learn. A team who understands that the boss sets the organization’s priorities. To have a staff who understands that the wish of the manager is the subordinate’s command.

Jesus could do it. Your Business Professor could not.

Hint: you ain’t no Jesus either…**

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Scripture offers a picture of getting things done with the active, thinking support of others. This is where the manager expects that obedience and initiative and doing the right thing, right. Matthew, in 8:5 to 10, writes,

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me.

I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

Jesus Christ was both God and man; prophet, priest and king. And while in earthly form he had power that only the Roman army could understand. They even had a word for it, “Auctoritas: The power to get things done without lifting a hand.”

Jesus had auctoritas. Publisher Steve Forbes describes this attribute and how the Emperor of the Roman Empire, Augustus, 63 BC to 14 AD, wielded his power,

In addition to his hold on government and the army, Augustus relied on an intangible aspect of power to get his way, something the Romans called auctoritas…the word connotes the respect that a Roman male was shown by his fellow citizens in daily life because of his accomplishments, lineage, financial status, marriage, military service, the way he carried himself, and the people he associated with.

A Roman who had auctoritas could get things done without ever having to give a direct order, and nothing meant more to him. The loss of auctoritas, whether in the household or in public life could be cause for suicide.

The real leader, and the experienced manager have the power of auctoritas.

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*Golf is Jack Welch’s favorite pastime.

**Jack Welch is not Jesus either, perhaps closer to Augustus. I haven’t touched a golf club in decades.

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