"He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that
he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand—but he
impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to
them in his interpretation" - Genesis 40:21-22.
Joseph gets most of the attention in the Genesis story, but his 'boss' Pharaoh also deserves some attention for his ability to promote the right people and recognize talent. In today's verse, we see Pharaoh restoring his butler while 'firing' the baker as Joseph had predicted (both had been on 'probation' in prison for some time). The butler, though quiet for two years, eventually introduced Pharaoh to Joseph, whom Pharaoh immediately promoted to be his second-in-command. What's more, Pharaoh delegated all responsibilities for famine management to Joseph, staying out of his way and giving him all he needed to do the job well. Leaders either must be skilled at hiring or having someone who is, for an organization can only be as effective and productive as its workforce enables it to be.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to evaluate how effective you are as a talent scout for your organization. How are your most recent hires working out? Are they a good fit, or are you now trying to work around them to make the hire look good? Is there anyone in your organization who is better at hiring than you are? Why aren't you relying on them more often? Below is an article that you can read to glean more insight into the importance of good hiring skills.