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Dave Ramsey and Unity…Part VI

The fifth and final enemy of unity is…SANCTIONED INCOMPETENCE. Sanctioned incompetence is when someone on the team has a destructive attitude but no one wants to address it. This is said to be demoralizing. The discourages team members when they see this. If the leader has someone on the team like this, it kills the motivation of the team if it isn’t addressed. The leader HAS TO take action when someone on the team can not and/or will not do their job.

When you allow someone to mess around, or not execute and live up to their potential, you damage your witness.

A leader MUST go to battle as soon as any sign of these enemies are put on display. There will always be drama within a group of people, but the leader must put time into dealing with these issues instead of turning a cheek and hoping for the best. When unity is valued within an organization, team, etc., they will all be sure to keep these enemies out of the workplace.

Don’t be afraid to address these problems. That is what a LEADER is. It’s not easy and it might make you feel you have had a bad day, but it may be what pushes your TEAM to the next level.


November 16, 2009 Posted by | Dave Ramsey | | Leave a comment

Dave Ramsey and Unity…Part V

The fourth enemy of UNITY is LACK of A STATED PURPOSE. This basically means that you should give your family, team, business, etc, a roadmap for achieving your vision.  If you don’t, they will all have to find their own way, and we all know how that can end up. The leader’s roadmap should be made up of carefully and deliberately crafted missions, visions, and goals. This will lay out the foundation of where you are going and how you will get there. It will keep you and everyone else from getting off track and staying focused.

Sit back and think…Do you have a vision? Do all the members know what this vision is? Does everyone understand your reasons for that vision? Have you formed any goals to help achieve that vision?

Mr. Ramsey takes his mission statement very seriously. Ask any member on his team of 300 and they can recite it from memory. Whenever a team member has a new plan, they sit down and analyze if and how that plan fits into the original mission. Author Joseph M. Dodge notes, “What every man needs, regardless of his job or the kind of work he is doing, is a vision of what his place is and may be. He needs an objective and a purpose. He needs a feeling and a belief that he has some worthwhile thing to do.”

The cure???

According to, this is the antidote for a Lack of Shared Purpose…

“EntreLeaders share the vision of the company early and often. Author Rick Warren says you must restate your vision to your team every 21 days. Each project or new idea developed by your team should have its own mini-mission statement that is a reflection of the main company mission statement. In addition, each department should have written goals created by and shared with the whole team. The goals should be specific and have a clear time limit. Each team member should then write what work they will do to contribute to reaching those goals. This way, everyone experiences and understands that they are an integral part of the project, the team, and – yes – even the mission of the company.”

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Dave Ramsey | | Leave a comment

Dave Ramsey and Unity…Part IV

The third ENEMY of UNITY is…UNRESOLVED DISAGREEMENTS! Again, this is another that is a big killer of relationships within a family. Unresolved disagreements destroy unity. Sometimes the leader doesn’t even know they exist, which can also go along with poor communication. Other times the leader avoids confrontation and that is what we call…denial. Either way, the team, family, church, etc loses. With hundreds of people working together, some will inevitably lock horns and bump into each other. It’s natural. But A leader should act quickly and decisively when that happens by pulling the splinter out, cleansing the wound, and allowing some time to heal. Sometimes it’s messy, but the alternative is to act like nothing has happened and later wonder what went wrong.

Try this with your household first, then spread it to the rest of your family and see how it works out for you.

November 13, 2009 Posted by | Dave Ramsey | | Leave a comment

Dave Ramsey and Unity…Part III

The second Enemy of Unity is…GOSSIP!  By definition, gossip is when a negative is discussed with anyone that can’t solve the problem. Gossip is degrading and can destroy any relationship, team, organization, family, church, etc. Dave believes that a successful leader develops and maintains a culture in which NEGATIVES are HANDED UP and POSITIVES are HANDED DOWN and LATERAL. Meaning that all negatives should only be told to the person that can solve the problem which would normally be a manager, parent, elder, etc. Only positives things should be shared with peers and lower level people. I understand that people need a place to express themselves, but it should always be someone in a positive position to change the situation and solve the problem.

Mr. Ramsey has made gossip a fireable offense and he is very clear of that in his hiring process. His team seems to love it and it seems to be working great for him after starting a business with himself and a card table, to now having over 300 team members.

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Dave Ramsey | | Leave a comment

Dave Ramsey and Unity…Part II

The first of the Enemies of Unity is…POOR COMMUNICATION. This may seem like common sense, but many of us are terrible when it comes to communicating. Poor Communication is an enemy no matter what you are doing. This could kill all relationships, no matter if it is your husband/wife or any other family member.

Poor communication can take many forms but what it comes down to is that the right hand should always know what the left is doing. When there is bad communication and the other is in the dark of a situation, that is when that relationship fails and the UNITY is BROKEN. As Dave stated during Chapel, “when the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, strife sets in.

November 9, 2009 Posted by | Dave Ramsey | 2 Comments

Dave Ramsey and UNITY…Part I

After the team dinner at the hotel, I had the privilege of meeting and listening to Dave Ramsey speak. Dave Ramsey is a personal money management expert and is one of, if not the top financial authors, radio personalities, and motivational speakers around. He has a very large company headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee geared towards financial counseling.

Mr. Ramsey has a very interesting story. He is one of few that went from riches, to rags, and back to riches. By the time Mr. Ramsey was 26, he had over $4 million in a real-estate portfolio and he lost it all by the time he turned 30. He has since bounced back and he wants to help others do it as well.

What I like about Mr. Ramsey is that he bases his teachings from biblical principles and that is also how he runs his business. Mr. Ramsey not only tries to help financially, but emotionally and spiritually as well.

When Mr. Ramsey came to speak with the team, he spoke about how to keep UNITY within an organization, business, team, etc. What I learned from Mr. Ramsey about UNITY can be used with my team, my businesses, as well as my family. Mr. Ramsey also went over the 5 enemies of unity. In this series, I will explain what Dave says are the 5 ENEMIES of UNITY.

November 8, 2009 Posted by | Dave Ramsey | | Leave a comment