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As a leader you will have to make big decisions that affect many of the people you need. Oftentimes you are not able to talk about all the details surrounding decisions you have to make. This could be because of a directive given to you by those higher up in the organization, or you may not be able to reveal everything to your employees until after you’ve gathered the information, had time to process and pray about a decision or direction you want to take your team. Employees are smart (or at least they should be if you hired them) so they will know when something is up or if the winds of change are blowing and in the vacuum of good communication they will begin to develop their own scenarios to explain what is happening and why.
So how can you mitigate these sidebar conversations without revealing too much information up front?
Declare your intentions.
I’ve come to understand that this can be incredibly beneficial both for you as a leader and for the peace of mind of those you lead. Your employees understand that sometimes you can’t give them all the information, here are 3 things to consider when declaring your intentions.
- Why does a decision or change needs to be made.
- How will this change be good for your team/the organization
- Reassure them that they will have an opportunity to give input before a final decision is made
What other helpful things could you communicate to your team about your intentions?
Share what you appreciate about them
In almost all cases, what is great about a team member far exceeds what needs to be corrected. I think we need to emphasize this truth and make sure we take time during the conversation to recognize all that the individual already contributes. If there is more bad than good, you’ve hired badly and you can’t dump that on them, you have to own it. Read the rest of this entry
Well it has been almost a year since I posted anything on this blog. I thought that blogging may not really be for me.
I’m not a particularly strong writer, I’m more of a verbal communicator.
I can’t pretend that I’m really an expert on anything, thats not to say I don’t have some good thoughts and ideas, but I’m hardly the person to come to for authorative answers on just about anything. So what do I have to contribute?
So I’ve decided to take a new approach and see how that goes, short blog postings, with little nuggets of wisdom I’m learning, experiences I’m having, great content I’ve found, or questions that I wouldn’t mind some input from others on to gain more nuggets of wisdom.
We’ll see how it goes…
Finding joy in a gift from God, rather than in God the giver.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy”
1 Peter 1:8 NIV
How is it that I can love someone that I have never met face to face? When I think about meeting Jesus face to face and spending eternity with him, I do feel the “inexpressible and glorious joy” that Peter is writing about; but again, how is this possible?
One of two solutions are possible:
1. I am emotionally delusional – I create emotional connection where non-exists to make myself feel better and provide hope in a hopeless and empty world.
2. I have in some real sense “met Jesus” and am currently experiencing friendship with Him; a friendship that is so far beyond our earthly experience that I find myself missing someone I have never physically met.
If anyone has a third option, or even a fourth, I’d be happy to entertain the theories. Frankly if #2 is not true I have a great deal to worry about and I am definately in need of some help. And if you’re reading this and you think #2 is not true, what are you doing reading the blog of a crazy person?
Some may have noticed that i haven’t updated my blog in quite some time. This is due to a number of reasons: travel (personal and professional), hectic work schedule, but mostly it is because I needed to take a break – not so much from the blogging, but a break from things that were becoming too important, too distracting, and may not have been the most helpful for me.
So I’ve taken the last month to shut down alot of the noise in my life, things that although good, are not the best things to spend my time on. I was challenged by my wife to put down all my books, commentaries, shut off my podcasts and simply read my bible and pray; and that is what I’ve been doing.
What has been the benefit? I’ve gotten back some of the simple joys of being a Christian, hearing God through devotions, praying more for others and meeting with friends and family with greater frequency.
Its been good, God is working on my character and my heart through this process and at the end of everything God is not going to evaluate me on how much I know about him, but on how much I love him and did my actions and character reflect that love.
A simple faith can be a beautiful thing.
Its been awhile since I updated the Lessons from Lent series. Something that I’ve learned in my absence is that whether it is television or other distractions you will always find a way to fill your calendar and be busy. There has been a steady stream of freelance design, a vacation, and then a pile of work to get through upon my return from said vacation. Mix in a healthy amount of Bible Study, reading, yound adult, and small group ministry and your plate gets full quickly.
Even with all the busyness, today brought a new and significant insight from my hiatus from television. It came after dinner when I asked my wife whether or not she missed TV. She commented that she hadn’t really missed it other than a few favorite shows, but it obviously wasn’t killing her to give them up. What she said next is the most important lesson to come out of this Lent experience, she said that she did notice that I had been more attentive and focused on her during the last few weeks.
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I’m not a guy who watches alot of television, nor did my wife feel like she ever had to compete for my attention, but she has felt more loved because I haven’t been watching.
Men, we’re missing out on our wives, whether we realize it or not. Something is stealing your attention from the things that matter most.
Maybe it isn’t television for you, maybe its golf, your car, fantasy sports even. You are missing out. God never commanded you to have hobbies, and persue lesiure activities, but he has commanded you to love your wife like Jesus loves the church (Ephesians 5:25).
He gave up his life for his bride, what will you give up for yours.
I’m just back from vacation and instead of writing something for this week’s Theology Thursday I’m encouraging everyone to watch TV, which I know is odd considering I’ve given up television for lent, but this is definitely worth watching.
This week on ABC’s Nightline, panelists which includes Pastor Mark Driscoll, will debate each other and the audience over the existence of Satan.
The full debate will be shown Thursday evening, check local listing for details.
Come back Friday and share your opinions about the debate, and your own beliefs about Satan.
I just wanted to let me dozens of readers know that next week I will be on vacation in Florida with my wife, so you won’t likely be hearing anything from me during that time. However I do want my blog views to keep going up, so if you could come in everyday and re-read my past posts that would help me alot.
Have a great week