Grow Spiritually! Grow your Career!  This Book Shows you How

Jesus Christ; His Management and Motivating Style

Leadership at it's best

A New book by James Fox Hind

A motivational business manual centered on Jesus Christ's values and teachings

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Review by The Daily Times

Book explains Jesus best motivator in business world  

From The Daily Times – By Melanie Tucker

As a member of the corporate world for 30 years, James Fox Hind has seen his share of good bosses and bad. Some of them ended up as examples in his book that seeks to show those in leadership positions the right way to lead. But none of them represent the most efficient, kind-hearted, motivating, generous strategist there has ever been on the face of earth.

That title is reserved only for Jesus, Hind said. In his book, “Jesus Christ: His Management and Motivating Style,” the author lays out the proof. Jesus, with a staff of 12 “unlikely men,” organized Christianity which today has grown to have 2.3 billion followers. Its scope is international with branches in all of the world’s countries.

“He recruited, trained and motivated 12 ordinary men to become extraordinary,” Hind writes in his book. “He is the greatest manager and developer of people ever.”

Hind is a former U.S. Naval officer and spent more than 30 years as a market researcher for the U.S. government, executive in a Fortune 500 company and an officer in a Fortune 100 company. He and wife Susan own and operate Richmont Inn in Townsend. His business and Christian writings have been noted on PBS radio, Readers Digest, Fortune Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

Assessing along the way

The idea for this instructional manual that’s full of personal anecdotes was 20 years in the making. Hind said he has jotted down notes over the years as he’s navigated the often cut-throat world of getting ahead in business. The book, while using Jesus as an example of how to treat employees right and make good decisions, doesn’t merely quote Bible verses or warn of sinful behavior.  “It is not preachy or from a church approach,” Hind said. “It is a very business world approach.”  One of the main objectives, the author said, is to show managers the management style of Jesus Christ and provide a very explicit set of principles that he managed by.  “The very first one is to judge people with your heart and not your head,” Hind said. “In today’s world we don’t go any further than looking at somebody and sizing them up. Jesus befriended John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene and the Good Samaritan. He didn’t go with his head.”  Much of what Jesus taught about relationships, he did so through parables. Hind uses a similar approach, telling about people and experiences he has faced during his time as a business leader. Sometimes talking about religion makes people uncomfortable, he said.

As for what many business leaders are doing wrong, Hind said it’s not putting the emphasis on developing people. Too many bosses or supervisors take the self-centered approach without helping someone else develop their own potential.

What the polls tell us

In Chapter 2 of his book, the author talks about the state of the American workplace. He references a Gallup Poll that said most Americans either hate their jobs or don’t care one way of the other. Only 30 percent are engaged at work and inspired.
And when Gallup polled more than 1 million U.S. employees, the No. 1 reason people quit their jobs is because of a bad boss or immediate supervisor.
Mangers don’t communicate in many cases and often treat employees like they are disposable labor, Hind writes.
“The message is here in my book,” he said. “How to grow spiritually and here is a way to grow your career, by helping other people.”
In Chapter 4, Hind gives a description of some of the 12 disciples, their strengths and weaknesses. Along with that, Hind talks about Jesus’ different approaches and management styles. Some got singled out for important tasks, some had their faith tested, others received a sympathetic ear, but all were treated kindly and with respect.
That commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” should hold true in the business world, Hind says in his book.
Teamwork, taking on the nature of a servant, nurturing others, compassion and leading by example all have a place in the workday world, Hind said. You can be tough but fair; determined but accommodating; successful but not cut off to others. Humility must also be present.

Some may ask how Jesus’ style can possibly be relevant today when things are so different. Hinds says some constants still remain, especially when it comes to human nature.

Not so different

“Culture and society have changed, but not human nature,” he said. “Greed like Judas. Power hungry like James and John. Lying like Peter. Money worshipping like Matthew.”
Instead of those, great leaders develop people and potential, Hind said. When people see that you care about them, they will work harder. That’s how to grow a career.
One story Hinds tells in his book is of three workers all on the same project. When asked what he was doing, one replied he was busting rocks. The next one said he was just doing his job, but a third replied he was building a cathedral.
“What I am trying to do with this book is show management how to build more cathedrals,” Hind said.

This retired businessman has talked to many high-ranking business leaders over the years. Some look back on what they have managed to stockpile for themselves and ask “is this all there is?” Others find happiness doesn’t relate to any bank account. “We will not be judged by what we accomplish in terms of material success but how well we serve others,” Hind said.

Author James Fox Hind

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