Updated: Jan 11
One of my favorite business books is The No BS Guide to Ruthless Management of People and Profits by Dan Kennedy. It revealed to me how LITTLE I knew about management - and how management correlates with leadership.
One of the things I learned is that I have to stomp out problems with people right away, and I have to be able do it privately and publicly.
I don’t know about you, but I shy away from conflict. I avoid it like the plague.
In business, there will be conflict with people. We have to learn how to deal with it in order to move forward.
God helps us confront conflict with people. In fact, God uses the conflict to move to new levels in our relationships, and thus our businesses.
In Nehemiah, we get a great example of dealing with conflict.
Nehemiah 5:6-8 says,
"When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was very angry. I pondered them in my mind and then accused the nobles and officials. I told them, “You are charging your own people interest!” So I called together a large meeting to deal with them and said: “As far as possible, we have bought back our fellow Jews who were sold to the Gentiles. Now you are selling your own people, only for them to be sold back to us!” They kept quiet, because they could find nothing to say."
Nehemiah did two key things to deal with conflict.
First, he reprimanded the nobles privately.