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State of the Union address

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The State of the Union is an annual address presented by the President of the United States to the United States Congress. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the president to outline his legislative agenda and national priorities to Congress.[1]

The State of the Union is typically given before a joint session of the United States Congress and is held in the House of Representatives chamber at the United States Capitol.

Once again our Founding Fathers wrote a Constitutional law based on the biblical principle for communication.  In the United States, the President of our country is obligated to explain where and why our country is in the condition it was in and what his plans are for correction and improvement during  the next approximate twelve months.

The Lord put it to Habakkuk this way in chapter 2:2-3 when Habukkuk was so disgusted with the political conditions of his day and the eminent attack by the Babylonians God prophesied to him  .  “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a hearld may run with it.  For the revelation waits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

Habakkuk was very frustrated with the condition of things in his country as many are these days in America.  He complained to God and literally demanded an answer as to when He was going to do something about it.  Fortunately for him, the Lord God Almighty was indulgent with his tantrum and with grace, assured him He had things under control and even went on to explain the entire situation cause and His plans for correction.

Behold, the first State of the Union address was offered verbally to Habukkuk and God instructed him to write it down to be sure you don’t forget it.  In fact, to write it so that anyone who reads it but may not have heard Him will know and understand exactly what He said.

There are many lessons that could  be taught from this chapter of the bible but for today the business message is the importance of frequent, factual communication.  As we all know, the opposite situation, or the lack of frequent, factual communication results inevitably in chaos and confusion or worse.

Perhaps a more general business term for this principle  is “casting the company vision”.  It is very important for a company leader to first of all have a vision statement for his or her company and second, to explain that vision on a regular basis.  The size of your company is not a determining factor for this principle.  It is important for every business to do this.  The result will be that  your staff will stay on track for the company objectives and goals and there will be fewer squabbles and arguments from employees attempting to interpret what they think you want from them and the companies results.

How often does a leader need to “re-cast the vision?”  Yes, I said re-cast the vision.  Memories are short.  Vision is sometimes obstructed by the sheer volumn of  other stuff in the way.  The answer is, “when you think it is needed.”  Nehemiah recast the vision of rebuilding the Wall of Jerusalem after 28 days  to keep his people focused on the job at hand (Neh.4:14-15).  The President officially does it about once a year by constitutional law.  My personal choice is to continually pray to the Lord for wisdom and guidance to steward my business as He would have me do,  including the discernment to recognize when such actions are needed .

So in summary, tonights State of the Union address is a good example of how to run your business also as it relates to communication with your employees and management staff.

1. Create a “Vision Statement” for your comapany.

2. Read it and write it so that there is no mistaking your message and post it where all can see.

3. Occasionally as you discern it is needed,  re-cast the vision to all again.

These three small steps will go a long way in developing the right communication practices in your business and help insure  success  for a long, long time.  That would be my prayer for you!

Blessings………Rich Forster   KBJ  Publisher

The value of the written vision or plan posted for all to see leaves no doubt in employees minds as to what was said and the accompanying instructions along with it.