Tag: Team Work

Leadership Is Expressing Thanks #261

Laurie KennedyOn this Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, I’d like to start a new trend.

Research by Gerald Graham found that “58% of staff (volunteers) seldom (if ever) are thanked by their manager for a job well done, 76% seldom (if ever) receive written thanks from their manager, 78% seldom (if ever) receive public praise in the workplace. It appears that the techniques that have the greatest motivational impact are practiced the least, even though they are easier and less expensive to use.” (James C. Hunter, The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

This is research from the secular marketplace.  Is there any correlation with churches and Christian based organizations?

Who are you thankful for?

Have you taken the opportunity to tell them?

Have you shared with others your admiration for your family, Pastor, church, neighbour or your blessings because of where you live?

I’m thankful for a lot.

Char and I have been married for 48 years.  Wow! This is awesome. We are very thankful for our three adult kids and knowing that our eleven grandkids are in church every weekend is really special. On Social Media, I refer to our grandkids as our eleven favourite people. We take family seriously and they always come first. Thank you family.

We love our church family. With two services each Sunday and in addition, a dynamic Youth, Senior, Sunday School and Weekly Life Groups. We have the privilege of touching people in our church and community.  Thank you to our church.

We have a Deacons Board where we pray, care and share with the goal of reaching our community and influencing our world for Christ.  We have Mission responsibilities and are working with the other churches in our city. Thank you to our church leaders.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 NIV)

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to each of you.

Leadership is expressing our thankfulness, representing God’s love on a continual basis.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is A Tale of Two Teams #245

When you chase two rabbits, you lose both.

This phenomenal, clear and simplistic statement is still a stretch for many leaders.

Scripture confirms, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24 NIV) “An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many different directions.” (Proverbs 17:24 GNT)

The tale of two teams.

One team prayerfully discovers their Vision, strategizes a plan and works together on annual goals. They work as a team and demonstrate their expertise in sporting events. Soccer players run together, pass the ball and block the other team in order to score some goals and win the game. Football players follow a quarterback and implement the plays to achieve a touchdown, scoring points. Olympic teams practice their skills to enhance their performance and anticipate their partner’s skill to achieve the Gold medal.

The other team does not bother with a vision, plan, strategy or practice. Each individual works independently with no respect or desire to work together. The goal is undefined, unexpected and unrealistic. Hence, no team, no team work and poor results.

“An ancient Greek parable distinguishes between foxes, which know many small things, and hedgehogs, which know one big thing.  All good-to-great leaders, it turns out, are hedgehogs. They know how to simplify a complex world into a single, organizing idea the kind of basis principle that unifies, organizes, and guides all decisions.”  (Jim Collins, Good to Great)

Think about your church, your missions committee or Leadership Board. Are all your team members sharing and working together? Are your annual goals fitly framed together with other team and committee members? Is your whole church demonstrating God’s love to our world?

Leadership is … each member sharing and working together to accomplish God’s Vision.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is the Unique Flavor That Makes the Difference

Laurie KennedyI had the awesome privilege of serving as the Regional Director for one of Canada’s largest Evangelical denominations. My role for eleven years was described in a variety of ways. Many called me a Pastor’s Pastor. Others said I was the Air Traffic Controller to assist Pastors and Church Boards with fine tuning and course correction during level flight. The role became critical during take-off, landing and turbulence. (Hiring, firing and recruiting of staff.)

Consider, the husbandman in Luke 13:6-9. I didn’t own the vineyard but I did represent the owner to pray and work with our Pastors and leaders on a daily basis.

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” (Luke 13:6-9 New International Version NIV)

My role was to serve our Lord and the thousands of people who attended our churches by encouraging and showing our Pastors and leaders how to improve their spiritual and organizational health.

A good friend of mine owns an Ice Cream store. He tells me that milkshakes are almost identical except for a small ingredient. Hmm! He confirms the difference between an awesome strawberry shake and the also ran is only 4%. So, I looked it up. Milk shakes contain milk, ice, salt, fruit flavor and typically a secret additional ingredient.

The majority of churches have similar components.  There is music, announcements, Bible reading, prayer, a Sunday School program, a message, and community involvement to name a few. They also have one or more staff and some key volunteer leaders. Some churches are healthy while others are not. Remember the vast difference in milkshakes is due to 4% of flavor.

My intention is to illustrate that some churches lack some ingredients. For this illustration the missing ingredients often include a lack of prayer support, Servant Leadership, Ethics, Team work, Accountability and Results Orientation. Could these points be your missing 4%?

Leadership is the flavor that makes you and your church unique, special and encourages people to come back

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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