Nehemiah's Ten Steps for Great Project Management



Nehemiah’s Ten Steps (Taken from the first 6 chapters of Nehemiah.)
1.    Get all the facts from trusted sources (Nehemiah 1).
2.    Pray about the situation, and ask God’s guidance for direction.
3.    Talk to the person who had the most authority to help with resources etc.
4.    When asked “What do you want of me?” Pray for God to put the words in your mouth (Neh 2:4).
a.    Have a specific goal (Neh. 2:5)
b.    Set a time frame for completion (Neh. 2:6).
c.    Ask for all documented authority to do the task, as well as funding (Neh. 2:7).
d.    Make sure all the resources are gathered (Neh. 2:9)
5.    Examine the situation for yourself (Neh. 2:12-16). Make sure you are not influenced by wagging tongues.
6.    Gather the team and lay out the plan of action (Neh. 2:17-18).
7.    Disregard distractions (Neh. 2:19-20).
8.    Oversee the work, making sure each task is manageable for the person(s) working it; as well as the right person for the right task (Neh. 3).
9.    Guard against distractions; and do not be diverted from the task at hand. Ask God to protect the work being done, and then set forth a strategy to protect the work being done (Neh. 4).
10.    Do not disregard unrest in the ranks. Listen to the problems and resolve them with fair-mindedness and from biblical principles (Neh. 5).
 
Following these guidelines should help the project run smoothly and finish early. The walls of Jerusalem were built in 52 days: An amazing feat in so short a time.



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