W43D2 - Motivation
October 27, 2014
"This is the city of revelry that lived in safety. She said to herself, 'I am the one! And there is none besides me.' What a ruin she has become, a lair for wild beasts! All who pass by her scoff and shake their fists" - Zephaniah 2:15.
It's interesting that the prophet was not talking in this verse to Judah or Israel, but rather to Assyria. In fact, the entire chapter is God's indictment against nations that were not part of the Jewish covenant community, but rather of the surrounding nations. Yet God was holding the leaders in those nations accountable for their irresponsibility, selfishness, pride, and arrogance. The lesson should be clear for all leaders: God is watching what is done and He expects everyone to behave in a manner consistent with His ethics and moral laws. When that doesn't happen, the good times eventually end and what was once so promising becomes a shell of its potential due to greed or self-centeredness--and the leaders are removed from their positions.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to make sure that same things motivating Assyria above are not motivating you and your team. Bring in an outsider and ask them to sit, watch, and listen to your operations for a period of time. Have them sit in on leadership and staff meetings, read your promotional materials, and observe customer service. Then have them produce a report on what they saw. Don't ignore their report if they find pride, selfishness, or inefficiency in your work.