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Leadership Is A Happy New Year!

Laurie KennedyThis week, we are all reviewing 2015. We are also looking ahead to 2016. Your New Year’s Eve service in church will highlight blessings and provide encouragement to look ahead to new opportunities and challenges.

My 2015 included my ‘rewirement’ as opposed to retirement. It also included major surgery providing 3 months of therapy or in my terms, a lot of time to pray, read and seek our Lord for His plans for the New Year. Every year Char and I have, we are so very thankful for 3 adult children and nine grandkids who are prayerfully finding their way in our world.

As a reader of Leadership Is…, let me indicate just a little of how our Lord is encouraging me. I want to spend more time in prayer. I want to spend less time travelling and more time with my wonderful wife at home. I want to spend more time in individual mentoring. I want to be available to my family, friends and neighbors. I want to live out our Vision statement, ‘Healthy Leaders: leading, serving and caring with integrity’.

Let me quote my good friend, my mentor and fellow blogger. “As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today: to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian Life.” Check out Rusty’s blogs at moreenigma.wordpress.com and rhfoerger.wordpress.com

Or, a quote from Melisa Poe Hood as quoted in The Truth about Leadership by Kouzes and Posner. “I do believe everyone struggles with life purpose; however, a leader is one who steps beyond her own self-doubts and realizes her journey is her responsibility. Whether one is a child or an adult, an individual participates in the world, and she should do so deliberately. Ultimately, the worst thing one can do is to see a problem and think it is someone else’s responsibility.”

To my many world-wide friends.  Let’s look at 2016 as God giving us another opportunity to stand up, be counted and make a difference for Christ in our corner.

Leadership is … learning to be patient and thankful for all God has done.

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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Leadership is Celebrating Christ at Christmas

Laurie KennedyIt is an awesome privilege to greet you this week. It’s Christmas, folks. Time to laugh, share, be with family and friends and talk about the good things.

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to then, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:1-14 NIV)

Leaders, we have nothing to fear. God has a plan and we need to choose. God has provided His son and we simply need to believe.

Leadership is deciding what to believe and standing for Christ.

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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Leadership is Assignments

Laurie KennedyDo you know God’s assignment for you, your church or Mission organization? As a leader, do you know what God created you to do? Do you know the purpose God had in mind for you before you were born?

Let me integrate scripture into our lives today. What would happen if Christ dropped into your office, shop floor or home to spend an hour with you? What would the conversation be like? Yesterday, Sunday, we recognized Palm Sunday as the traditional day that Christ was welcomed into the city. Imagine a parade, palm branches, children laughing and cheering. A wonderful day. However, Christ would have known that his crucifixion was a week away. So, back to today. If Christ was to visit you today, what would His assignment be for you for the next twelve months?

I don’t think your assignment would be to continue the traditions and ensure the way we have always done it. Christ was a radical in his day. He challenged the traditions and status quo pointing people to the Father.

I don’t think your assignment would be to only minister to the committed faithful. Christ was actively involved with the people from all walks of life.

I don’t think your assignment would be to fight for your rights at the next annual church meeting.  Christ demonstrated the love of the Father in everything He did.

I think our assignments would be more like Matthew 28:18-20. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)

As a Leader, an obvious part of your role is to lead. You need to know what God’s assignment for you is.  What he created you to do and the purpose.

Leadership is letting your world know that Christ died for them and that God loves them.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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Leadership is living the Main Thing

Laurie KennedyYour vision, mission, purpose and goals are critical. Scripture tells us, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:17 KJV). Hence, if you as an individual leader are void of a Vision, Mission or God directed purpose, scripture says you are headed into difficulty. Perish!

It is an awesome privilege to watch churches discover their vision, re-organize and monitor their budget and activities to accomplish their God directed Vision. Churches also work to delete or reorganize those programs and activities that do not lead to the ultimate vision. Churches also institute new programs and services that help their people move closer to the Vision.

This coming Friday is Good Friday. This the day we recognize that Christ gave his life on a cross, rising again according to prophecy in three days.

As we work through this Easter week it is time to re-focus everything we do to remember that the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing? God loves you, Christ died for you and rose again on the third day so we might have life eternal.

The Annual Goals, the Ministry plan, the dreams, hopes, vision and the hours debating the culture of your church become less significant. The hours of committee meetings, the constitution review and the new policy development manual become less important. You need to keep the main thing, the main thing because the main thing is the result, catching fish. In our world, the main thing is letting your neighbours, friends at work and those you coffee with know that God loves them.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16 NIV).

Leadership is ensuring that the babe in the Manger who became the Christ on the Cross is the main thing and is demonstrated in everything we do.

Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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Leadership is Pray any Way

Laurie KennedyOur three adult kids have great families, successful careers and are active in their churches. Char and I are proud, thankful and blessed. However, our purpose these days is to ‘speak into the lives of our nine Grandkids’. I respectfully refer to them as my nine favorite people in our world.

My Christmas tradition is to give the same leadership book to my two sons and son in law. However, what do I give to those wonderful Grandkids that range in age from 3 to 20 years? They have family in common. They have love for our Lord in common. They have Grandparents in common. But, beyond that they are unique. Their interests run from University, high school, Junior High, Grade School studies and trucks and trains for a toddler.

As we ‘speak into their lives’, I also give each Grandchild a book. A book they can use on a daily basis or have their parents share with them. It needed to be a casual book, a careful book, a fun book to read yet it needed a heavenly purpose for family to deal with life on a daily basis.

31-Days-book-cover-webThis year, I gave nine copies of Pray any Way, Let creativity enter your prayers by Heather Hayashi. It is an easy read yet profound in its intent. This cartoon illustrated book provides ideas to improve your prayer life. Heather says, “The most important thing to remember is that God wants to spend time with us and change us as we engage in conversation of both talking and listening with Him. So, be bold, let creativity enter your prayer life with God and see what happens as you enter His presence with confidence.” Check out Heather’s material at rhythmsofgrace.ca

As a leader, parent, grandparent or best friend, this year I will pray through each of Heather’s prayerful recommendations.

Leadership is praying for and with those we mentor.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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Leadership is a New Year

Laurie KennedyGod has given us a New Year. He has given us another opportunity. Another chance to make things right, offer grace and forgiveness and to step out and demonstrate God’s love.

I’d like to begin this year by offering my very special thanks to you, learning and growing leaders world-wide. We are on a journey together. It is my privilege to connect with you weekly as we learn and grow together.

One of my favorite questions is asking where people see our Lord’s fingerprint. I rarely hear about God’s fingerprint in expensive programs but I do hear hundreds of examples of individual acts of service leading to changed lives.

As leaders, many of our phone calls and meetings are difficult. Discussions start or end with prayer. Yet, the challenge of repairing relationships that have hardened is an ongoing concern. The greater concern is those relationships with our Heavenly Father that have become strained and distant. Yet, there are those wonderful meetings where tears are shed, forgiveness is offered, accepted and relationships healed. The difficulties, hurts and concerns of the past disappear when individuals pray, seek forgiveness and put God’s plan first. It is these very positive relationship building events that make the positive changes in our personal lives and in the corporate lives of our churches. The process of personal and organizational healing is wonderful to watch and the life changing impact is immense.

In our New Year, I look for additional challenges and changes in lives.  A dedication to make things right with family, friends and co-workers. I also look for improved dedication to our Heavenly Father. It is the New Year and we’ll talk about goals and resolutions. So let’s set personal goals to accomplish significant personal and organizational change for God’s glory.

I’m very thankful and appreciative of the Pastors and churches leaders that I work and pray with. It is also my privilege to pray for you, our world-wide leaders.

Leadership is planning your New Year to accomplish more for God’s glory.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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Leadership is a babe in a Manger

Laurie KennedyChristmas is the season where we talk of love, hope and peace. It is a season of activities, Sunday school concerts and special events with family and friends

During this Christmas season, we’ll talk with family and friends about the snow, the cold and the flu season.  School plays, Sunday school concerts and lawn displays remind us that the peace and love we all strive for is demonstrated in a manger. 

I follow news reports and several daily papers.  This is a continual reminder that our world is in a difficult place.   The tragedies, financial concerns and family crisis are increasing.  We’ve never before heard of so much difficulty worldwide.  Our family talk is important, but it is the prayer and action that counts the most for our world to see God’s love demonstrated in us.

Yet, Christmas is also a season where our conversation includes reference to a baby Jesus.  The school plays, Sunday school concerts and lawn displays all remind that we need to refocus our lives to the babe in the manger.

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  (Luke 2:10) NKJ

The babe in the manager is the key to the love, joy and peace we all long for. My prayer is that your Christmas will be special and provide a time to pray, reflect and thank our Lord for His many blessings.

Leadership is realizing that a babe in the manger has a plan for your life.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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Leadership Is Celebrating the Positive

Laurie KennedyWe celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and special events. We have holidays dedicated to famous people. We have Mothers Day, Fathers Day and Pastor Appreciation Day’s. I’m in Canada writing on Thanksgiving Day in-between peeling potatoes, stuffing the turkey and preparing for our family of nineteen for dinner. We have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for.

Nehemiah was a leader. Upon hearing that the walls of his home city were broken down he requested leave from his job as a Cup Bearer to King Artaxerxes. He returned to his home country, worked and motivated his people to rebuild the walls in record time. He knew how to lead his people. He worked alongside them, shared the load and was still a Servant Leader.

At the conclusion of the work, he recognized and celebrated the accomplishment. The Message Bible illustrates it this way, “the entire congregation that had come back from exile made booths and lived in them … a terrific day! Great Joy! Ezra read from the Book of Revelation of God each day, from the first to the last day – they celebrated the feast for seven days”. (Nehemiah 8)

Now that was a celebration. Note also Luke 15, again in The Message Bible, “Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin! Count on it – that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”

What do you celebrate in your church, your business, or your not-for-profit agency? Do you celebrate attendance, baptisms, dedication or heart decisions?

I’m celebrating a small but significant step today; you are reading Leadership is … #53. I’ve been a leadership blogger for a full year. Leadership is … is being read in 31 countries. I’m thankful and appreciative of the support and encouragement as leaders worldwide are following once a week to learn, grow and be more effective in their Leadership Skills.

Leadership is, celebrating the positive, no matter how small it seems.

Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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Leadership is celebrating a living Christ

Laurie KennedyIt is Easter. A time when people all over the world celebrate. Some celebrate the Easter bunny, with family traditions hiding chocolate eggs or painting colored pictures on hard boiled eggs. Others have survived a tradition of giving up something for Lent and are relieved they can start eating chocolate again. Others simply celebrate a long weekend and an extra day off work.

As Christian leaders, what do you celebrate and recognize? How is Easter different for you, your family and your church? Does your community even know that you celebrate Easter, remembering a risen Christ?

At church this week, you will have the usual once a year Easter visitors. You will have people who are searching. Searching for something different, something internal and something that lasts for more than the weekend.

This is a great week to review the basics. Take another look, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).

Our world, our Nation, your community, your neighbors and your friends need Christ.

You see, it is because He lives in me and we have a relationship that I can and will face the future with confidence.

As Leaders this weekend, do everything you can to remember and talk about the babe in the manger and the Christ on the cross. You can’t have one without the other. Christ came to seek and save.

Leadership is celebrating the reality that Christ was born, lived, was crucified on a cross and rose again for you!

Yours in Service,

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