Day 64 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Temper Tip, Sales Tips, Newton Quote!

When I wrote, How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK I named “controlling your emotions” as a key character trait and people-skill. In fact, I included one the Bible’s best verses on the subject from James 1:17: So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. This, perhaps, is one of the best pieces of communication advice ever written!

Many of the leaders who read my upcoming book, How to Lead by THE BOOK: Proverbs, Parables & Principles to Tackle Your Toughest Business Challenges manage sales teams, and other personnel who routinely interact with customers. Just as with the verse from James concerning controlling your tongue and temper, the Book of Proverbs is rich with advice for communicating with co-workers and customers. Consider the following helpful advice for salespeople, especially for those that tend to talk too much, or finish a customer’s sentences for him:

He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Even a fool is considered wise when he holds his peace. When he shuts his lips he is considered perceptive. Proverbs 17:27-28.

He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him. Proverbs 18:13.

Proverbs has thirty-one chapters. A helpful discipline I began years ago was to read one chapter per day. By doing so, I was able to get through the entire book once each month, and internalize much of the wisdom found in its pages. I highly recommend this simple discipline to anyone looking to increase in wisdom and stature at home or on the job.

Today, my publisher sent three prospective cover designs for, How to Lead by THE BOOK. They are excellent! After an adjustment or two, we should have a cover that builds the brand of the by THE BOOK series, without looking too similar to my last work.  I’ll include the finalized cover in the October editions of How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK and, Leading at the Next Level newsletters.

I’ll end today’s post with a quote from John Newton. You’ve probably heard of him. He was the slave trader in England, who became a follower of Christ during a crisis at sea, renounced his abusive lifestyle, worked as a prominent abolitionist, and wrote the song, Amazing Grace.

What will it profit a man if he gains his cause, and silences his adversary, if at the same time he loses that humble tender frame of spirit in which the Lord delights, and to which the promise of His presence is made.

Keep his words in mind the next time you feel the insatiable need to prove yourself as “right”, and put someone else in their place.

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