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God's Management Theory

God's Management Theory

God was willing to risk His reputation in order to demonstrate how to achieve true success. The least we could do is try to emulate Him.


Jack Kahl, founder and former CEO of Manco, makers of Duck brand duct tape, has learned that the dictatorial style of running a company is not necessarily the most successful. When his father contracted tuberculosis, Mr. Kahl's mother told her children that in order to survive they would have to work together as a team. He operates his business the same way. "A great leader knows that people must be included in the company's decision-making process and that you have to share information with developing leaders rather than hoard it," Mr. Kahl related in a recent Wall St. Journal article.

This is the key to a thriving business, practically and philosophically. You don't lose by taking into account the feelings and viewpoints of others. You don't lose by treating colleagues, employees -- or anyone for that matter -- like a mensch. "Each man for himself," "It's a dog eat dog world" are not Jewish ideals. Stepping on others, stabbing people in the back will not ultimately lead to success, business or otherwise.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Kahl also cites the influence of Sam Walton. "Sam was the consummate coach, forever building up his people, telling them, 'Thank you. That's a good idea.' He shared detailed information with all his employees, even part-timers, about how much Wal-Mart paid for their products and what they sold for, so everyone felt part of the game."

Common decency, concern for others, and a check on our egos are the prerequisites to true success.

The theory of consensual management actually comes from the greatest leader of them all. When God was creating the world, He said, "Let us make man in our image..." Why the words "us" and "our"? Who is God referring to? Jewish tradition teaches that God was consulting with the angels. God was showing us how to treat others, demonstrating an inclusive style of leadership. Even though there was a risk that some detractors might use this verse as proof that there are a pantheon of gods rather than one, God deemed this principle so important that it's worth the risk. It's worth taking the risk that some individuals may rebel against the Almighty, suggesting that His power is limited, in order to communicate the crucial character traits of decency and humility.

Why? Decency and humility are nice ideas, but isn't that a high price to pay?

In an era of Enron and we need to recognize this essential point: Common decency, concern for others, and a check on our egos are the prerequisites to true success.

If it's only about me, I'll be susceptible to lying about business transactions, taking advantage of insider tips, manipulating my stocks, destroying evidence, destroying competitors, and frequently my colleagues as well. If it's only about me, I'll neglect my family for the rush of power, and whatever I achieve will be cold and lonely.

But if it's about others, we're less likely to trip up. How will this deal affect them? What do my employees think of this goal? Maybe someone else has a better way, a more productive strategy. If it's about others, we'll make ethics in the workplace a priority rather than an afterthought. If it's about others, we'll act to promote the general good. Everyone will benefit from the company's success. And how we treat people at work will spill over into our homes and communities.

The Almighty was willing to risk His reputation in order to demonstrate how to achieve true success. The least we could do is try to emulate Him.

October 12, 2002

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(3) bhattathiri, March 22, 2011 6:08 AM


Your website is beautiful, informative and Excellent. Management has become a part and parcel of everyday life, be it at home, in the office or factory and in Government. In all organizations, where a group of human beings assemble for a common purpose irrespective of caste, creed, and religion, management principles come into play through the management of resources, finance and planning, priorities, policies and practice. Management is a systematic way of carrying out activities in any field of human effort. Management need to focus more on leadership skills, e.g., establishing vision and goals, communicating the vision and goals, and guiding others to accomplish them. It also assert that leadership must be more facilitative, participative and empowering in how visions and goals are established and carried out. Some people assert that this really isn't a change in the management functions, rather it's re-emphasizing certain aspects of management.

(2) Anonymous, November 11, 2002 12:00 AM

Your site is inspirational.!!!! I am stdying Real Estate in Sydney, when we
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(1) Sandra Hepner..., October 14, 2002 12:00 AM

Thank you, it inspired me to interact ethically to-day.

Today, I interreacted more successfully, with my friends and family, because of this article, and I could actually feel that people liked me better, because of this article"s guidelines, I WAS LESS CONFRONTATIVE AND VERBOSE....and I received
many graces and successes today, because of this articles explanations and guidelines, so thank you very much..

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