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Jan 13

Keeping Your Team Together

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In the book of Romans Paul gave us a valuable lesson.  “Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who caused dissensions, and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned,  and turn away from them. For such a men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive hearts of the unsuspecting.” (Romans 16:17-18, NASB)


One of the most important aspects of management is to ensure your team works together. We have all worked with those who are contrary to the direction of the business. At one point I needed to sit down with “Gary” who consistently blocked new directions for the business.  I was direct with Gary explaining that he needed to follow the new direction of the business, stop arguing about it, and accept instruction about what needed to be done.  During our conversation Gary said, “I’m not happy with a lot of these new ideas.  If you insist on going forward, maybe I should leave.” Gary didn’t expect my response.  I said, “If you feel that way, perhaps you should leave.  We can have a conversation about how to work that out.”  We had the conversation, worked out a severance package, and Gary moved on.

I would have preferred that Gary agreed to move forward with the planned business direction rather than be divisive.  However, after many efforts and a number of conversations, I could see this was not going to occur. It was better for me, the business, and ultimately Gary to separate so we could all move forward.

We see from the writings of Moses, the teaching of our Lord, and the Epistles the importance of maintaining sound doctrine and disciplining those who deviate from solid teaching.

Most of us don’t like to confront difficult situations or people; but when we encounter a person who causes dissension, we need to step in and act.  Time will not be a friend.

Take the person aside, clearly explain the behavior that needs to change, and ask the person to commit to your part of the team. In my experience, if the persons still refuses to stop divisive activities after three tries, you need to move toward a stronger disciplinary step which may lead to ultimate dismissal.

Give employees a chance to work as a team.  Over time your business team will grow stronger and operate as a well-oiled machine.

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