His ancestors had dedicated a Temple around 10th century BC to Yahweh. But Nebuchadnezzar II destroyed it around 587 BC during the siege of Jerusalem, by Babylon. It had taken many years to build that Temple.
He grew up, and rose to become one of the most important men in Persia (in modern Iran): a cup-bearer to Artaxerxes, king of Persia, and later, the king made him a governor of Persian Judea. To rebuild the Jerusalem wall, the king gave his permission to use timber from the king’s forest. In the imperial Persia, which had conquered Babylon, commanding the territories with military and economic powers, the king’s timber went with the king’s builders and security. The wall was rebuilt within 52 days.
Yes, Nehemiah rebuilt the city wall circa 408 BC – the very one that stood in Jerusalem during the time of Christ. Later, Roman Generals Titus and Vespasian destroyed the Temple in the city during the siege of AD 67 -70.
I am yet to read of any man that understands foreign policy, diplomacy and large project management better than Nehemiah. In this piece, I explain thus:
If Nehemiah had used any timber that was different from timber from the king’s forest, he would have failed. Understanding the situation in the region, and asking for the king’s timber was the reason he executed within 52 days. You must have the capabilities to decipher the most important component to have a successful project. And you must make sure you have that component.
Simply, any project that received timber supplies from the king’s forest was as good as executed. And only the most important projects qualified. As the aides shipped the timber, the guards would follow, making sure that none was wasted. Another set of guards would monitor compliance.
When I teach in Christian masterclass, I have called this The Nehemiah Xfactor on Project Management. It simply implies: know the most important resource to ensure that a project succeeds. For Nehemiah, it was to get the timber from the king’s forest. I enjoyed the Quality & Asset Management lecture by Tekedia Mini-MBA faculty, Michael Odigie. In his Tekedia Live session, he used the word “critical” many times, as he explained reliability, quality, project execution, etc. You must understand the “criticality” of the components in your project map.
X Factor – a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome.
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Good People, I quote Adam Smith, Peter Drucker , Steve Jobs, Buhari, etc. But as a Scripture Union kid, Sunday school in college, and a teacher in the Church, I quote the Bible more often. I get more management insights from the Bible than any document out there. Take this as a nice case study on how to lead and manage projects, even though the reference is the Bible. Have a great Sunday.
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