Bible Character: King Josiah
When the King heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes. He gave these orders…”Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for all Judah about what is the written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because our fathers have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us.”
The Book of the Law had been hidden and neglected for years. The Israelites should have been paying closer attention to the information that was in it.
Often organizations act similarly!
Use the Past
We have all heard that history repeats itself. So, would it not be vitally important that we are aware of our past successes, failures, patterns, etc.? Often we try to “reinvent the wheel” when we simply need to use our data.
Data Collection & Analysis
It starts with data collection. It might not be flashy, but we need to be gathering important information to help us make better decisions. If something is not being monitored it’s probably not being managed.
Leaders are tasked with noticing new emerging trends, what better way than using data.
King Josiah figured this part out fairly quickly. Once he discovered the Book of the Law, he used it to hold his people accountable to the standard of living that God expected of them. He knew that God would judge them if he did not.
In somewhat of a similar fashion, we need to use data in our organization to hold all accountable. Results are definite, and they are the true account of how an organization is doing. We all need to hold each other answerable by not hiding history like the Israelites did.