Thursday, November 05, 2009

This week's lesson: Numbers 15

How do you turn around a losing team?

By the time we come to Numbers 15, after all, the Israelites have dropped the ball at least ten different times -- and as a result of their latest debacle, they've been condemned to wander the desert another 40-years before they'll be allowed to enter the Promised Land.

So if you're record is 0-10, then what do you do? Three things:
  • Make sure everyone is on the same page. If your people don't share the same goals, then they'll spend more time fighting each other than working together.
  • Crack down on offenders. Even misdemeanors are like broken windows -- if you don't deal with them, they send the message that nobody cares.
  • Dress for success. Sharp uniforms are no substitute for good leadership -- but they're one of the quickest, easiest ways to improve morale.
Granted, none of these things will turn around your group overnight -- no sooner does he implement them, as a matter of fact, then Moses faces the greatest challenge ever to his leadership . . .

But Moses has 40-years to build a winning team.

And given the way things have been going, that's just how long it will take for him to get things right.

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