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Day 69 How to Lead by THE BOOK: The Case for Intolerance!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

In today’s politically correct universe, “tolerance” has become a pervasive buzzword. In fact, much of the world’s morality has sunk to the point that people are willing to tolerate just about anything except intolerance! However, in your business, the strength of your culture will be determined by what you decide you will not tolerate.

In, How to Lead by THE BOOK I will present remedies for setting clear behavioral and performance expectations. This clarity is designed to communicate clearly to your team what you will celebrate on one hand, and not tolerate on the other. Taking a tough stand on holding people accountable for these issues may seem harsh by today’s standards. However, you must stretch your people to meet your expectations and not lower your expectations to accommodate their comfort zone, lackluster work ethic, or diminished ethical behaviors.

Frankly, the Bible is a very intolerant book. There are many aspects of behavior and morality that it describes as wrong, depraved,  sinful, and abominable and prescribes clear penalties for partaking in them. The Bible is also discriminatory and judgmental! Read John 3:18 and Acts 4:12 for two clear examples. But its intolerance is designed to protect you from the consequences of errant actions, not to rob your joy. Clear expectations with corresponding consequences for failure work the same in business. In fact, it can be safely said that your character is defined by what you decide not to tolerate. Perhaps it’s time to strengthen your leadership and culture by redefining those parameters in your business and home.