Good to Great is a strategic management book that came out several years ago. Its principles have been put into practice by thousands of business leaders around the world. To this day, it’s hard to make it through any business presentation, book or podcast without hearing the book quoted at least a few dozen times.
And, I hate that book. Or, at least I used to.
I haven’t read Good to Great. As far as I know, there’s nothing in the book with which I disagree or that I find offensive.
However, I have harbored a deep resentment toward that book and its author for many years because of a bad experience I had with a boss who, in my opinion, misapplied the book’s principles. In an effort to take his company from Good to Great by strictly adhering to the book’s philosophy, he kicked many long-time and loyal staff members “off the bus” so to speak.
I blamed the book.
But, in hindsight, I can see that perhaps the book wasn’t the problem. Maybe, it was the reader.
Based on its notoriety, it is quite likely that Good to Great is filled with useful, practical ways to lead a company into greatness. It’s also quite likely that there are plenty of managers who have misunderstood or misapplied the author’s principles.
There’s another book that is often poorly represented by the people who’ve read it. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been insulted or mistreated by someone who backed up their self-righteousness with scripture from the Bible.
If you’ve been hurt in this way, I’m so sorry. Let me assure you that the author’s intent was not for His words to be used in that way. As a matter of fact, the Bible’s ultimate message is one of hope, redemption and pure love. I’m praying that you’ll find a way to look past the bad experiences you’ve had with its readers and give the Bible another chance.
After all, you can’t judge a book by its readers.
If you need help choosing a Bible to read or some guidance as you get started reading it, let me know! You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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