November 19, 2013
God is risky!
God took risk when He gave us grace.
This short clip is invigorating and eye-opening!
November 8, 2013
I will say there are more good days than bad ones. But the more difficult days leave indelible impressions.
I was recently laboring over a meeting that looked as if could be very difficult. The meeting was with a team member that needed some guidance, correction, and empowerment. We were also cognizant of the reality that this person was possibly in the wrong position.
On the surface morale was low, production was certainly low, and the team was suffering in reaching deadlines and completing projects.
The meeting was scheduled. I was also not sure of the outcome. I had presupposed everything from the person quitting, possibly laying them off, or assigning them to a different area of responsibility.
I decided that asking questions were my most effective strategy. During the questions the person realized where I was headed and interrupted me with a startling response.
Here are the highlights.
1. Failure is not an option
They simply ask to not be removed. They boldly stated “I refuse to fail at this opportunity.”
2. Owned personal weakness and failure
They acknowledged the failure to complete their assignments in a timely manner. They admitted they were experiencing total fear in submitting the necessary documents.
3. Acknowledged lack of performance
They were humble in the reality that they were not performing at a level they were capable.
- They were prepared to give solutions to the major problems.
- They offered a specific time frame to turn it around.
- They were prepared to make necessary changes.
- They were willing to be accountable to a leader on a more regular basis.
5. Totally teachable
They were open to suggestions and plans from the organization to better solve the problems. They did not suppose they had all the answers. They were prepared to be corrected and very open to instruction in how to improve personal performance.
Needless to say I was totally surprised and stunned by this outcome.
The end result is our team member has followed through well and is developing into a very productive member of our team.
As for you, I hope this post can be used to teach others, and shift a team member from possible failure to overcoming success.
Now, it’s your turn. Would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.
November 7, 2013
TweetThis video will challenge you to re-think risk-taking!
October 25, 2013
TweetYour risks are determined by your assignment. Noah took a risk and built an ark – It was his assignment Moses took a risk going before Pharoh – It was his assignment Esther took a risk to save her nation – It was her assignment
October 16, 2013
TweetWe have been unpacking the topic of risk. Our approach has been to connect risk-taking and miracles. We have noticed that many miracles in scripture were preceded with the opportunity of taking a huge risk. Here are a few risk quotes from the message preached at www.lifebridge.tv. Miracles are often dressed up in a risky […]
October 14, 2013
TweetOne of the biggest challenges Christian leaders face is how to create a leadership culture in our churches. We all want to do it but frankly lack the tools to make it a reality. That is why I’m so excited about Brian Dodd’s new book and accompanying study 10 Indispensable Practices Of The 2-Minute Leader. […]
October 11, 2013
TweetHave you ever noticed that there are days that you like sneaking up on people? I actually noticed that about myself this past week. Twice in the same day I was given the perfect opportunity to scare the snot out of folk. And I did. Of course it was exhilarating to me. Not so much […]
October 5, 2013
TweetThe Church in America has failed to realize that we were made for God and He was not created for us!