The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

Execute The Plan

Bible Character:  Joshua

God gave specific instructions to Joshua in regards to the battle of Jericho.  Although those instructions may not have involved the traditional of war tactics, Joshua executed the plan just as God had instructed.

March around the city once with all the armed men.  Do this for six days…On the seventh day, march around the city seven times…then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.  Joshua 6:3-5

How often have we had great plans, but the execution fails?  What are some ways to make sure a plan is completed?

Trusting the Plan

A leader must trust in the plan that has been developed, but difficulties arise when other organizational members don’t have “buy in.”   How many of Joshua’s people questioned why they had to keep walking around Jericho every day? 

Present-day leaders encounter similar challenges when acting on a plan.  Humankind possesses a natural tendency to question.

Give it the Proper Tools

Sometimes we have a plan, and even full buy-in from the team, but lack the tools needed to complete the task.  Nothing is more frustrating for individuals in an organization when directions are given, expectations established, but resources don’t align to complete the objectives.

This failure may even happen without management even knowing about the lack of resources.  Setting up a good communication system is vital to maintaining the proper materials for the task.

Joshua trusted in the Lord’s plan, even equipping his people with the ark of the Lord! On the seventh day of marching around Jericho the walls fell down and the city was delivered to the Israelites. 

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