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