Friday, August 9, 2013

Who Lost the Account?

 There is no "I" in team but it sure seems like there is a he/she or they. Blaming someone for the bad things that happen in business is never a good idea, usually you need to work with those people again.

But if you are the manager, what do you do? Do you take the word of one person or do you seek out other input? Do you go with your instinct or perceptions or do you ignore it entirely?

Every case is different obviously but what is not different is when you only hear from one person about someone else. The implication is possibly quite the opposite of what you are told. People may not get along, maybe there was a mistake made, it happens although some people never let these things go.

In this week's parsha, 17:6 and later in 19:15 a famous line is told by Moshe:

6. By the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall the one liable to death be put to death; he shall not be put to death by the mouth of one witness. ו. עַל פִּי | שְׁנַיִם עֵדִים אוֹ שְׁלשָׁה עֵדִים יוּמַת הַמֵּת לֹא יוּמַת עַל פִּי עֵד אֶחָד:
15. One witness shall not rise up against any person for any iniquity or for any sin, regarding any sin that he will sin. By the mouth of two witnesses, or by the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be confirmed.   טו. לֹא יָקוּם עֵד אֶחָד בְּאִישׁ לְכָל עָו‍ֹן וּלְכָל חַטָּאת בְּכָל חֵטְא אֲשֶׁר יֶחֱטָא עַל פִּי | שְׁנֵי עֵדִים אוֹ עַל פִּי שְׁלשָׁה עֵדִים יָקוּם דָּבָר:

Sure a bit extreme, death is not a business mistake, but the premise is the same. If everyone says Joe lost the account, well, it probably is true. If one person says it, maybe he did and maybe he didn't.

When you hire people, do you get one or 2 references or look for an army of them? Hopefully you give the benefit of the doubt.
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Parsha Shoftim in the book of Devarim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 It is said that the Torah or Bible
could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring a business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom