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Day 98-99 How to Lead by THE BOOK: A Key to Effective Recruiting!

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

I don’t mean to sound unkind, but you’re very unlikely to build a team of eagles in your organization if you endeavor to staff your team from amongst the ranks of the unemployed. While there is always talent in the available pool of unemployed people, you are advised to first focus on recruiting people who are already working! While there are normally exceptions to every rule, here’s a rule you must remember: You cannot build a great team around exceptions! Focus on the rule!

In How to Lead by THE BOOK, I will provide in-depth recruiting and interviewing strategies. Here’s a start: Consider that the following biblical giants were all busy, working, or otherwise engaged with productive activities when they were called into service or promoted to greater opportunities. There is not room to include all examples in The BOOK, but this group offers a convincing case to recruit the currently employed and/or productive!

  1. Joseph’s talents and performance preceded his promotion by Pharaoh.
  2. Moses was a shepherd.
  3. Joshua was Moses’ right hand man and succeeded him as leader of Israel.
  4. Caleb’s track record prompted Joshua to honor his request and grant him Hebron.
  5. Job was a successful farmer and rancher.
  6. Ruth was working in the fields when discovered by Boaz.
  7. David was tending sheep in the field when Samuel came to anoint him. The only one of eight brothers engaged with tasks when Samuel came to call.
  8. Elisha was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him when discovered by Elijah.
  9. Gideon was threshing wheat when the angel called him.
  10. Nehemiah was working as the cupbearer for King Artaxerxes when commissioned with his assignment.
  11. Amos was a sheep rancher when called to be God’s prophet.
  12. Daniel had previously served other kings with excellence when Darius promoted him.
  13. Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, was a priest.
  14. Joseph, the earthly father chosen to raise Jesus, was a carpenter.
  15. Andrew, Peter, James and John were all working as fishermen when called by Jesus.
  16. Matthew was working in a tax office when called by Jesus.
  17. Stephen and Phillip (the evangelist) were working as waiters in the new church when called to greater assignments.
  18. Luke, the author of the gospel bearing his name and Acts, was a doctor.
  19. Paul was tirelessly and zealously working to persecute Christians when called to serve Christ.

There is no pattern in the Scriptures of God using unproductive, lazy, or otherwise disengaged men or women in worthy endeavors. Miss this lesson at your own peril!