Are we united?

Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. But some of them said, By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons. Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them:

Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will not stand. Luke 11:14-17 NIV

Does this principle apply to an organization, and if so, how?

An organization needs people that have the same vision, passion, and objectives. All need to have the same goals and direction. When some do not, especially at the management level, there will be trouble. It is a “house divided” and barring intervention, will be “ruined.” This also applies to the Board of Directors of the organization. If the Board is not united in purpose, it is a “house divided” and success will be more difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.

As a participant, at any level, how do I know if I am united in purpose with the organization?

  1. I am passionate about the goals of the organization.
  2. I am excited about my work, I get up in the morning eager to get started.
  3. I consistently support the direction of the organization.
  4. I look forward to the outcomes of the efforts of the organization.
  5. I am not trying to serve two masters; my heart is with the organization.
  6. I am supportive of the leadership of the organization.

What do I do if I am not united in purpose?

  1. Are my motives self-serving?
  2. Is there a moral or legal reason that I cannot be supportive?
  3. Do I have a different passion that I need to pursue?
  4. Am I trying to change the direction of the God ordained leadership?
  5. Do I lack gratefulness?
  6. Can I commit to personal change and become a part of the team?
  7. Do I need to move on?

A leader needs to know the condition of the flock. The leader needs to know the heart of each participant. If the leader senses that someone is not in unity with the goals and purpose of the organization, the leader needs to take action.

  1. Are the organizational goals appropriate?
  2. Is there something I am doing as the leader that is causing disunity?
  3. As the leader, have I done all I can do to bring this individual on board?
  4. Does pruning need to occur?

A primary responsibility of a leader is to maintain clear vision, goals, and direction for the organization. When there is disunity, it invariably revolves around individuals who are not supportive. You must recognize those individuals, do your best to bring them on board, and if that fails, prune them from the organization.

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