4. Share the big picture vision.

Jesus continually reinforced the big picture. He began his ministry by telling his followers why he was here on planet Earth (Luke 4:18-19) and he concluded his ministry by passing that baton to his disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). He was constantly reminding his disciples that they were involved in a work which had far reaching and eternal ramifications.

The story is told of two laborers working side by side in the construction of a great cathedral. When asked what they were doing, one replied, “I am laying blocks” while the other proclaimed, “I am helping construct a magnificent edifice which will be used for the glory of God.”

If your employees are going to be passionate about what they do, they need to believe that it is worthwhile, important, and making the world a better place. You need to impart the big picture to them.

5. Pray for them.

Jesus’ not only practiced a life of prayer, he also prayed specifically for his followers (John 17:21).  You can do everything right in training your employees, but, unless you pray for them, you are omitting the most critical element in molding them: God’s hand on their lives. Do you pray for your workers? By name? If you don’t, now is a good time to start.

Do you train others? Which of these lessons from Jesus do you use? What other lessons would you recommend?

Joe Plemon started Plemon Financial Coaching in 2006. He has been the Money Columnist for the Southern Illinoisan newspaper (circulation 30,000) since October, 2007 and blogs at Personal Finance by the Book.

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Publication date: December 27, 2012