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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Dear Colleagues,

TEN BUSINESS PRINCIPLES FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS (Part 9 of 11)

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PRINCIPLE #9 : HIRE QUALITY PEOPLE

Jim Collins in his landmark book, “Good To Great” instructed us to get the right people on the bus. Just today, I chatted with my son who has 40 people under his employ – and has been significantly absent from the office in recent weeks. Concerned, I asked him how he could be gone so much. “ I have quality people in the company.”

Solomon informed us: “ Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Pro. 13:20 – ESV).

Paul informed Timothy to invest in faithful and capable men who could instruct others. (2 Tim. 2:2)

Lorne Sanny 1 once stated, “I am tired of hearing about men with potential; what I’m looking for is men who are productive.”

Observe the comparison of diligent and slothful men in the Book of Proverbs :

Diligent men :       Slothful men:

Have plenty of food.       Chase fantasies.

Have their desires satisfied.    Live with unfulfilled cravings. (Pro. 12:11; 13:4)

Travel a highway in life.     Travel on a path blocked by thorns. (Pro. 15:19)

Are self-motivated, hardworking,   Are inert; love to sleep: Impoverished.

Are persevering. (Pro. 6:6-11)

Diligent men obey their superiors; respect authority; are eager to please their superiors; are not duplicitous motive-wise; give whole-hearted service; are not man-pleasers. (Eph. 6:5-7)

Slothful men are irritating to be around, destructive, fail to plan ahead, end up in poverty, even death; choose laziness over personal survival, choose sleep over work; are egotistical. (Pro. 10:26; 18:19; 20:4, 13; 21:25; 22:13; 24:30-34)

Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot ” (Pro. 25:19 – NLT). Need we say more about careful selection of quality people?

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

1President and general director of the Navigators 1956 – 1986

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