April 19th, 2007
Dealing with criticism is just one of the difficult skills that a leader needs to learn. Another skill is knowing how to deal with people who are damaging your organisation. If you hold a leadership position in the workplace, then you need to maintain an environment in which people can get their jobs done in an effective manner. If one of the employees is dragging the team down, you need to work out a way of confronting that situation. In a work environment, an employer normally has power tools which can be used: pay can be increased or decreased, and ultimately a misperforming employee can be fired…
Paul’s Letter to Titus — Chapter 1
1:1 From Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s chosen ones, and the knowledge of the truth about godliness, 1:2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before time began, 1:3 and when the time was right he revealed his word in the message which was given to me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; 1:4 to Titus, my true child in the same faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
1:5 I left you in Crete so that you could tidy up the unfinished business and choose elders in every town, as I instructed you. 1:6 An elder should be above reproach, the husband of one wife, with children who believe, not being accused of overindulgence or delinquency. 1:7 As an officer of God, a leader must be above reproach, unselfish, not temperamental, not a heavy drinker, not violent, and not greedy for making profits through dishonesty. 1:8 Leaders should be hospitable, lovers of good, sensible, fair, holy and self-controlled, 1:9 keeping to the reliable message as it has been taught, so that they can encourage others with good teaching, and correct people who contradict them.
1:10 There are a lot of recalcitrant people, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those who claim that circumcision is necessary, 1:11 and their mouths have to be shut. They are damaging whole families, teaching improper things as a disgraceful way of making a profit. 1:12 It was one of their very own prophets who said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons.” 1:13 This saying is true. Reprimand them sharply, so that they can come to a correct understanding of the faith, 1:14 and stop listening to Jewish myths and the instructions of people who twist the truth. 1:15 To people who are pure, everything is pure, but to people who are polluted and unbelieving, nothing is pure. Their minds and their consciences have both been polluted. 1:16 They claim to know God, but their actions show that they deny him. They are repulsive, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good.