The Growth Factor
Bible Character: Joshua
All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel. Joshua 10:42 NIV
When most people hear of Joshua leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, the Battle of Jericho comes to mind. After that initial victory, Joshua and the Israelites went on to take over many kingdoms and cities in a very short time period.
How did Joshua organize his people during this time of growth?
Preparation & Delegation
The Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years before they took over the Promised Land; they had some time to organize themselves.
A key to preparing for organizational growth is having management capital. Sure, it’s important to have financial capital for growth, but personnel is crucial.
Upon entering the Promised Land, the Israelites structured themselves in a way that made management of the land a bit easier. Joshua demonstrated his delegation skills by dividing the land into 12 tribes. He had learned from Moses, who was taught how to delegate by God (Numbers11) and his father-in-law Jethro (Exodus 18).
Delegation is often overlooked when current day organizations grow quickly. Develop the ability to assign responsibilities to other people; so things that matter don’t start falling through the cracks.
It’s great if you can prepare and delegate for growth, but if you are not delegating to knowledgeable people…you may have problems. Not that things weren’t sophisticated in biblical times, but today’s markets come with a different type of complexity. Technology is one of the driving forces behind the increased complexity, and it’s important to understand the mechanics.
Joshua may not have had modern technological complexities to work through, but he knew the most important key to growth, trusting God!