The Bible will make you a better business person. It has impacted the way I do business maybe more so than anything else.
Am I even allow to say that in our society today?
Unfortunately, if you reference the Bible or any of its teachings in a business setting, there’s a good chance you’ll be discredited and looked upon as one of those weird religious zealots… because, hey, didn’t you get the memo? Smart people don’t believe in God or an intelligent designer anymore…
But I digress. This blog isn’t meant to be an exegesis on the credibility or fallibility of the Bible, Christianity, or religion as a whole.
My point here is to show you how the Bible can impact and improve the way you build, manage, or work in a business regardless of what you believe regarding the origins of that book.
There are hundreds and thousands of books and tools and resources that will make you a better business person. We liberally pull from, quote from, and implement the teachings and strategies of the great philosophers and stoics of the past.
So why not the Bible?
I have used its principles to successfully resolve concerns, fix problems, and build a culture of respect and integrity with people from various religious backgrounds and upbringings. I do so without forcing my beliefs upon any of my team members or clients.
You don’t need to, and you shouldn’t ever attempt to force your beliefs on anyone else, but the principles are so universally beneficial, that anyone from any belief system can reap the benefits of the Bible’s teachings.
Besides, if you really want to show someone what your beliefs are all about, don’t run your mouth about it. Let “your actions speak so loudly, that I cannot hear what you are saying.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I would never fault someone for quoting from Confucious or Buddha, as long as it contains truths that uplift and improves our team and our company.
I’ve seen atheist and agnostic members of our team respond to Biblical parables more so than any other training that we have had. They, in turn, have become better workers and better all around people.
Building A Good Culture
Imagine if every member of your team understood that “A soft answer turneth away wrath?” (Proverbs 15:1)
What if you had a team of “Good Samaritans?” Unselfish people who were looking after each other, helping each other, and lifting others at every opportunity. (Luke 10:25-37)
Consider how much your conversion rate on client proposals would rise if each of them knew that you had a reputation for “doing unto others as you would have done unto you.” (Luke 6:31)
Forgiveness would be handed out abundantly. Even 7 x 70 times among team members. No one would have to watch their backs or worry about some ancient grudge. (Matt 18:21-22)
Pride would cease and problems would get solved 10x faster. (Isa 2:12)
Team members would be humble, accept criticism, and encourage criticism because “He who loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:1)
People would see the big picture, see others for who they are, and “look on the heart, and not the outward appearance.” (1 Sam 16:7)
There would be no sexual harassment cases because everyone would understand that each person’s “body is a temple,” and not something to be objectified. (1 Cor 6:19)
Clients would always get the truth from their point of contacts… even from sales guys… and that “truth would set them free” to make good decisions regarding their business. (John 8:32) No more used cars with concealed damages being sold to unsuspecting old ladies. Yes… I’ve seen that actually happen. “You shall have just balances and just weights,” says Leviticus 19:36
Managers would control their tongue, knowing that their words alone can be “an unruly evil full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8)
Team members wouldn’t go home at the end of the day feeling worthless from the “fire” of a bosses tongue that “defileth the whole body.” (James 3:6)
Imagine if you got to work at a place wherein there was no anger because everyone understood that “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city” (Proverbs 16:32)
We wouldn’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again because we wouldn’t want to be “like a dog turned to its own vomit” or the “sow to her wallowing in the mire.” (2 Pet 2:22)
Everyone will know that there is both good and evil. We won’t have to worry about associates equivocating on what is right and what is wrong and “calling evil good, and good evil.” (Isa 5:20)
Employers would always try to offer a fair and competitive wage to their workers while giving credit where credit is due. They would be generous in all that they do because “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” (Proverbs 11:24)
Atheist, Agnostic, Hindi, Buddhist, Mormon, Jew, Evangelical and anyone who subscribes to any other ideology wouldn’t likely have a problem with the above-mentioned culture. We all want that deep down.
But the Bible and a belief in Christianity has become so controversial that many people feel enmity toward the basic tenants of the Bible because of those surrounding controversies. And yet, no one can ever completely extract the goodness of that book out of the fabric of humanity.
And why should we?
If a concept helps a person become better, then why wouldn’t you want to adopt it regardless of where it came from. If those concepts help a business and it’s culture become a safe haven for people, then why not?
The Bible In Business
Did you realize that there was a day, not too long ago, in which the greatest business minds regularly referred to the Bible as a part of their management style? In fact, Biblical teachings acted as the cornerstone upon which the great businesses and organizations in America were built.
There is another so-called bible in the business world. It has come to be known as the “red bible.” It’s a book called Good to Great. Most good business people have read this book because of its popularity. The central focus of this book is about how good companies became great companies. At the core of the great companies they studied, they found someone whom they labeled as a “Level 5 Leader.”
They summarized all of these level 5 leaders as “servant leaders.”
And where do you read about the most well known “servant leader” of all? The Bible.
The divinity of Christ is something very personal for people. But there is no denying that the Bible is the most comprehensive book available on servant leadership and building a healthy and successful culture.
The Bible was used as the blueprint for the most successful government that this world has ever seen.
And if you don’t mind me saying, it’s quoted at the bottom of every burger, fry, and soft drink of the best burger joint in the nation. 🙂
So what’s my point?
Dust off that Bible and implement its teachings in your business. Regardless of what you believe, it will improve your culture and make you and your people better!