You Are Always People Away from Your Objectives

You Are Always People Away from Your Objectives

Posted by Regi Campbell on February 14, 2019

My new friend David ended our interview for the iDisciple podcast by asking me this question . . .

“So, what’s the number one piece of advice you’d give leaders?”

I thought a quick minute, then I said . . .

“We are always people away from our objectives.”

Puzzled, he asked for an explanation.

I explained that no matter what you’re after, it takes people to get there. Whether it’s team members, helpers, lawyers, or leaders, there’s almost nothing one can accomplish by himself.

You think “Hey, I’m an individual performer . . . a freelancer or a coder. I work all alone.” True, but another person has to hire you, collaborate on your work, and accept your work product. Even the inventor working in his private shop will ultimately have to connect with other people if it’s to go anywhere. The isolated artist has to buy paint and food, interact with a delivery person or a doctor, and have the refrigerator fixed now and again. “No man is an island” is still true.

People are the most important asset in any organization. Good businesses focus on customers, employees, and stakeholders . . . in that order. You hear companies say “our customers come first,” but try giving good service through an unhappy employee. Suppliers, service technicians, delivery people . . . virtually every business or organization is dependent on its people for success.

That’s why the best organizations put people first. Even when there’s not a direct, immediate connection between a specific person and a specific goal, pouring into the people of the organization is the best long-term investment a business, school, hospital, government, or church can make.

Besides, people are the only thing (other than God’s Word) that go from this world to the next. Maybe that’s why Jesus was so clear about His greatest commandments in Luke 10:27 . . .

“He answered. ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Question: Do you love things and use people? Or love people and use things? Will you put people first today? One at a time? No exceptions?

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Responses (1)

Ben Dambman
Ben Dambman Posted: February 14, 2019, 11:48 am

Thanks for sharing this Regi. I’ve recently been wrestling with a similar thought that “relationships > (are greater than) productivity”. Productivity is important. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that God has prepared good works for us to do. But where should our focus be – on the good works, and then we utilize relationships to accomplish those works? Or is the purpose of good works or productivity or “getting things done” to accomplish God’s will in the lives of others? Or should we be ultimately seeking to advance His kingdom through relationships and works – and if so how do the two fit together? Or maybe it can be thought of like a pretzel – all intertwined.
I appreciate your thoughts because I’m seeking to understand how relationships and productivity fit together.

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