Issue No. 161 of Your Weekly Staff Meeting features the perfect book to read before your next department team day or staff retreat. It’s a book you’ll savor—yet it’s a page-turner. And this reminder, check out my Management Buckets website with dozens of resources and downloadable worksheets for your staff meetings.
“This is the crux of The Joseph Road,” writes Jerry White in this wonderful new book. “Not knowing one thing about the future, Joseph simply did good in whatever tasks or opportunities came his way.”
Some books you must read quickly—vainly searching for the good stuff. Other books you savor slowly and chew on the morsels and insightful questions. This is a chewable book. It’s devotional. It’s thought-probing. And amazingly, it’s also a page-turner. How could that be? After all, many of us have known the story of the Old Testament’s Joseph since childhood.
White weaves the reader in and out of Joseph’s journey from favorite son…to hated brother…to forgotten slave…to Potiphar’s senior VP…and then to prison. Yet even behind bars, “he ended up managing the whole operation,” says Genesis 39:22 in The Message. I must confess, I’ve never used any leadership and management principles from the life of Joseph—but his faithfulness, endurance, and integrity ooze with dozens of insights for future staff meetings.
As the president emeritus of The Navigators, you would expect Jerry’s book to have meat. But he also adds a friendly dose of personal stories (including a tragic family event) as he notes his faith-walk through the Air Force, NASA, teaching at the Air Force Academy, serving as a major general in the Air Force Reserve and then giving leadership to The Navigators. There’s joy—but there’s also plenty of tough CEO choices and sadness.
White’s bullet point summary of Joseph’s life is fascinating and so he convinced me to “bullet point” my major life events—to see what I could learn from those forks-in-the-Joseph Road. Jerry illustrated how to do this exercise with bullet points of his own life.
I won’t spoil the ending of this epic biblical account for you. You may think you already know the story. Think again. This is the PERFECT book to give to your staff or department prior to a team day or staff retreat. I just hope Jerry is working on another Old Testament hero for his next book.
To order this book from Amazon, click on this title: The Joseph Road: Choices That Determine Your Destiny, by Jerry White.
Your Weekly Staff Meeting Questions:
1) Jerry White says that “our good times are preparation for the bad times.” Have you experienced that in your life?
2) When Joseph’s brothers arrived in Egypt, White calls it “one of the most fascinating and intriguing stories in all of Scripture.” So he asks, “What would you have done in Joseph’s shoes?”
Sustainability: God’s Idea - Insights from Mastering the Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Nonprofit
One of the big ideas in the Program Bucket, Chapter 6, in Mastering the Management Buckets, is to put a hold on new programs until you’ve addressed capacity and sustainable issues. Read Luke 14:28-30 in The Message before you embarrass yourself and your organization by having to pull the plug on yet one more ill-fated, poorly resourced program.
At your next staff meeting, distribute copies of the “Top 10 Questions to Ask About Program Capacity and Sustainability.” Download this worksheet (PDF) and identify the three most important questions for your organization.