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  • 1. By Benjamin Sanders
  • 2. Michael A. ZigarelliZigarelli has his PhD in Human Resource Management fromRutgers University. Michael Zigarelli is the associate professorof management at Charleston Southern University and formerdean of the Regent University School of Business. He holdsdegrees from Rutgers (Ph.D.), Cornell (M.A.), and LafayetteCollege (B.A.).According to the Moody Bible Institute, Zigarelli hasconducted research on management, law, and ethics.His research in management, practical theology, law, andethics has appeared in numerous scholarly journals andmagazines, and he has done interviews with The New YorkTimes, The Washington Post, and TIME.
  • 3. Principle 1: Devote Your Life to the Real BossIdentifying the real CEO-“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”Proverbs 16:3.Zigarelli says that once this new perspective is established, the ground ismade fertile for us to succeed; not necessarily in the eyes of the world, butcertainly in the eyes of God.
  • 4. Prioritize Family Over Work“Labor not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyesupon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they flyaway as an eagle toward heaven.” Proverbs 23:4-5“He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house (family) ; but he thathateth gifts shall live.” Proverbs 15:27 http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=cmNsm-39QZ4
  • 5. Measure Performance ValidlyA false balance is abomination to theLORD: but a just weight is his delight.Proverbs 11:1.Proverbs 3:27 says “Withhold not goodfrom them to whom it is due, when itis in the power of thine hand to do it.”Zigarelli tells readers that oneimportant way to avoid these pitfallsis to avoid biases.He discusses the double standard,recency bias, primacy bias, leniencybias, sequencing effects, halo error,horn error, and central tendency bias.“One should not only be aware ofthe potential for bias, but activelyguard against it when ratingsubordinates.”
  • 6. Build Organizational Trust“Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through this love his throne is madesecure.” -Proverbs 20:28
  • 7. Building Trust Continued…“When it comes to organizational trust, the principle of reaping and sowing is clearly in fulloperation. Trust begets trust. Distrust begets distrust. This begins by intentionally adoptinga Christ-like attitude towards your subordinates and thereby permitting unconventional,trust-oriented questions to enter your decision making.” -ZigarelliSome of these questions include-Will my decision have the effect of increasing or decreasing the trust that employees placein me?Will the manner in which I am reaching this decision make my employees suspicious?If I were on the receiving end of this decision, would I trust the decision maker had my bestinterests in mind?
  • 8. Trust Building QuestionsThese very trust-oriented questions are often powerfulbut inconvenient. Taking them seriously will deceleratethe process and, in many cases, will entail defending yourunorthodox approach to skeptical higher ups.It’s important to remember though that things likeconvenience, expediency, and political palatabilitytend to be the enemies of love and faithfulness.
  • 9. Questions?