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Leadership Is Values #278

Our heartfelt values drive our thinking, activities and behavior. As a leader of a church or business enterprise your values are demonstrated consistently in everything you do.

“Values are those things we consider or rate highly, prize, esteem or deem important.” (James C. Hunter, The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

Values are un-compromisable, un-debatable truths, characteristics that drive and direct behaviour.  They are motivational; they give reason to why we do things. They are restrictive and place boundaries to guide our behaviour. They provide the core of individual, group or organizational identity. They are enduring judgments about what you consider to be important, like the shoulders on a major highway. Values can be described as what we treasure the most, those things we want to live or die for. They are the belief characteristics that distinguish us one from another.

Leaders who are living by their values reap a great benefit from the Lord; David said they “will never be shaken.” (Psalm 112:6 NKJV)

Leadership is value based.  What values guide your leadership?

What values are so strong in your life that you would resign before you would compromise?

As a Christian Servant Leader, I strive to integrate my spiritual values on the job.  God created me, “in His own image”. (Genesis 1:27 NIV) He pre-wired skills, abilities and gifts before my birth.  Jeremiah illustrates, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV) or as David said, “you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13 NIV).

“Give me ten men that hate nothing but sin and love nothing but God and we will change the world.” (John Wesley quoted in Designed to Lead by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck)

Leadership is a God directed Servant Leadership life of serving, giving and living the life God designed for us.

Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Serving Healthy Volunteers #274

Upwards of 70% of Volunteers, who resign their church roles, are leaving due to relationship and discouragement issues, not theology or doctrine.

Note these brief points to help your volunteers be encouraged, excited and faithful in their roles. The excitement and dedication of your volunteers can be read like a thermometer of the health of your church. If your volunteers are motivated your church is moving towards health.  If they are not excited about their role and your church, then your church is heading toward neutral.

Know your volunteer staff. Know what they like to do, their family, work and community responsibilities. Ask your volunteers what they enjoy and what stresses them. Be understanding when a volunteer can’t make a meeting.

Celebrate your volunteers and the work they do.  Encourage each one towards God’s Vision, Mission and Values of your church and community. Let each volunteer team know their significant and very unique role and importance to overall church health. Express your appreciation both personally and publically. Send thank you notes and ask if there’s anything they need to make their role more enjoyable. Pray with and for them.

“The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26 MSG)

Board Chairs and Pastors, take a few minutes today to call or email your volunteers, just to say thank you.

“Your job as a leader is to use your love of your own work to light the fire of passion in others who share this love.” (Crossland & Clarke, The Leaders Voice)

Leadership is … being and expressing your thankfulness to each and every volunteer.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Ethical Choices # 253

Laurie KennedyAs a Christian Leader, what would you do?

“Most of the top executives were tried for fraud after it was revealed in November 2001 that Enron’s earnings had been overstated by several hundred million dollars. Enron paid the top 140 executives $680 million in 2001.” (CNN April 2016)

“The irony, he adds, is that ‘integrity’ was listed as one of Enron’s four core beliefs. A select group of Enron executives embraced a philosophy so far from traditional ethics that they ended up adopting a lifestyle completely contrary to their company’s stated beliefs on integrity,” (Mark Wingfield, Baptist Standard)

The Police stopped a Christian for rolling through a stop sign. She complained on Social Media that she considers this harassment and is considering fighting the ticket.

A Christian technician tells his associate, they could finish the job in 10 minutes.  Or, if they finish it in 20 minutes, they could claim an hour of overtime pay.

Police stop a car speeding to church on Sunday morning. The Christian driver considers fighting the ticket due to religious persecution because of the number of churches on that road.

A Christian Consultant, during new staff orientation, tells new Christian Employee to put his conscience on hold and claim everything he can get away with on his Expense Account.

Not expecting snow and cold, a friend visits her family in another province. She is encouraged to go buy a coat, wear it for the few days while visiting, then return it stating it didn’t fit.

“There was just such a radical gap between what we heard Christians professing they believed and the values and the lifestyle that grew out of the values.” (George Barna, Christianity Today)

“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)

What would you do?

Leadership is … going beyond the expected, tradition and ‘what’s best for me’ to a consistent value of what is right.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Asking Challenging Questions #230

Laurie KennedyGood morning Christ focused leaders. It is Monday morning, the start of a new week and the first day of your future.

Some of you lead in secular organizations. Others lead in church and Mission organizations. Some leaders work with a few employees and volunteers, others lead leaders who are responsible for hundreds of employees and volunteers. The size or type of your organizations is not significant.

Here is a question that I’d love each of you to think about.

What programs and activities in your church or mission organization are working effectively, supporting the Vision, Mission and Values of your organization?

Also consider the opposite. What programs are using up valuable resources but are not supporting the Vision, Mission and Values?

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.” (Luke 13:6-8 NIV)

Now, take time to seriously evaluate what fruit you are producing?

I’m always shocked that some churches continue to run programs and activities without knowing their Kingdom impact. When churches don’t differentiate the positive, growing and spiritually impacting programs from the others, the church is failing.

Once you have evaluated, prayerfully work to encourage and build those programs and activities that are leading to positive results and prayerfully phase out those that do not.

Leadership is … eliminating the mediocre and reinforcing positive spiritual growth.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership Is Christ Focused

Laurie KennedyIt is an awesome privilege to lead, teach, coach and consult with Pastors and church leaders worldwide.

We can talk about Quality Circles, Vision, Mission and Value Statements. We can review Policy and Procedure manuals. We can encourage ethical standards, improved character development and integrity. We know that effective Leaders walk around listening and encouraging their people. We know that exemplary character standards are critical and we need to monitor results to ensure we are making significant progress on our plans.

We emphasize that effective Christian Leaders put significant time in prayer, reading and memorizing Scripture. It is critical to pray for those in authority and to support Pastors and Leaders. We remember to review our personal Calling and those we work with on an Annual basis.

However, all the Leadership skills and techniques aside, there is only one foundation and the only focus is and will always be, ‘A Babe in the Manger, a Christ on the Cross and a risen Savior’.

Merry Christmas to each of you.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership Is Value Driven

“Values are un-compromisable, undebatable truths that drive and direct behavior. They are motivational, they give us reasons why we do things; and they are restrictive, they place boundaries around behavior.” (Dr. Sid Buzzell, General Editor of The Leadership Bible)

“Values are those things we consider or rate highly prize, esteem, or deem important.” (James C. Hunter, the World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

Paul illustrates the power of values in the organizational setting of a church or mission. “From him the whole body, joined and held together every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16 NIV)

Further in the construction or organizational development analogy, your values are the weight bearing pillars. Attached to the foundation, they hold your organization together. They are unmovable, yet any damage to one of the pillars (values) will impact and weaken your whole structure.

As a Leader in your family, church, mission or business, can you state your values? Can you define them? Do you live them? OK, the most important question. Could your followers define your values by watching your behavior?

At the Jethro Group our Values are the foundation statements that are without compromise and non-negotiable. They are our standard statements of belief and action. All decisions and the results of the Jethro Group reflect the Values of Integrity, Faith Focused, Family Devoted, Teamwork, Servant Leadership, Prayer Directed, Demonstrating God’s love and Excellence. It is our prayer that the Pastors and Leaders we work with around the world will see and feel these values in all we do.

“We expect our leaders to have a sense of direction and a concern for the future of the organization. Leaders must know where they are going. They must have a destination in mind when asking us to join them on a journey into the unknown.” (Kouzes and Posner Credibility)

Leadership is … demonstrating God’s love through your values.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Achievable by Excelling in These Skills

Laurie KennedyWhat skills do you need to be excel? Your strengths and weaknesses will be influenced by your spiritual gifts, your current situation and what you want to do in the future. Hence, your reading, study and practice will make or break your Ministry. Note these five unique and critical skill sets Healthy Leaders work with.

  • Accurate interpretation of Scripture and Denomination imperatives.
  • Skilled Ministry Leaders ensure consistent and effective communication with their people. Our future leaders will work hard and be informed about their organization and its impact on our world. Communication must flow positively in both directions.
  • Flexibility in daily routines is necessary, within the Vision and Values. The changing and uncertain economic times will not tolerate doing a task simply because it has always been done that way.
  • Leaders must be accessible. The hidden decision maker will not be tolerated. Questions need to be answered. Staff and followers require confidence in their leader to maintain organizational health. Tomorrow’s leaders will be visible and approachable.
  • Leaders will be responsible for their personal performance and that of their Ministry. They will know what is going on, have a strong grasp of operations and will ensure positive relationships. The changing power of public opinion will force the leader to know their area of responsibility and accept legal responsibility for it.

The amazing thing about these five skill sets is, they are achievable by all of us. It takes some extra work, increased reading, study in key areas and consistent implementation. Excelling in these skills may not guarantee a future executive suite in a mega church, but it will definitely improve your present and future job potential.

Leadership is … continuously improving your skill set.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership Is Following

 
The best leaders are great followers. They consistently follow the Vision, Mission and Values of the organization they work with. If they have the privilege of working for a Board, they follow the Boards direction. As a Servant Leader, they will also follow the needs of their followers, Team Members and Associates.
I’m always shocked (and amused) to watch strong ego based leaders try to work in a team environment. Each feels they are destined to be the “in charge” leader without asking who has had any experience or expertise in the particular situation.
“Watch the interplay of people during a meeting. In a healthy environment, different people take the lead based on the situation and the skills needed in the moment. Only egotistical leaders believe they must lead in any and every situation.” (John Maxwell, Good Leaders ask Great Questions)
An effective team has various leaders. Any particular project may have different leaders depending on the expertise required. The positive leaders know how to follow and never assume the lead role unless asked.
The best Leaders:

  • Think of other people’s needs first
  • Are results oriented and want the most skilled to lead in their area of expertise
  • Grow other leaders by sharing responsibility
  • Are accountable to the team, their people and the project
  • Keep the needs of the team ahead of their own personal agenda
  • Accept responsibility for the challenges and set-backs
  • Encourage others to develop their individual spiritual gifts
  • Are committed to their staff team
  • Honestly and consistently ask for advice and feedback
  • Empower the individual and collective efforts of the team

Leadership is … sharing, learning and following
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Vision, Mission & Values

 

Laurie KennedyThis week we conclude our annual review of the organizational foundation principles. Every organization whether Business, Church or Mission needs Vision, Mission and Values statements. As illustrative material this is the published Vision, Mission and Values of the Jethro Group.  This is the indispensable foundation of our Blog, Coaching, Consulting and Speaking activities.

Vision:

Our Vision is the ‘What’ we do. The Jethro Group will complete its God directed work when this statement is achieved.

“Healthy Leaders: leading, serving and caring with integrity.”

Mission:

Our Mission is the ‘How’. The Jethro Group will work tirelessly to accomplish our God directed Vision by:

“Influencing our world strategically, demonstrating God’s love, integrating, family, church and the corporate world of business into a life of integrity, excellence and Servant Leadership.”

Values:

Our Values are the ‘Foundation’ statements that are without compromise and non-negotiable statements of belief and action. All decisions and the results of the Jethro Group reflect the Values.

  • Integrity
  • Faith Focused
  • Family Devoted
  • Teamwork
  • Servant Leadership
  • Prayer Directed
  • Demonstrating God’s love
  • Excellence

Motto:

The ‘motto’ is casual.  It is a tag line, an elevator speech, a reference point that summarizes everything we do. It is also designed to fit on a T shirt.

“Coaching Leaders to Serve”

Leadership is … ensuring your Vision, Mission and Values are known believed and lived daily by everyone in your organization.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership Is A Healthy Church

Laurie KennedyIs your church healthy, average, mediocre or dying?

Moses, like many leaders had challenges keeping up with his work load. With some advice from his Father-in-Law Jethro, (Exodus 18:17-18) he was able to make the changes necessary and grow in his leadership.

There are an estimated 30,000 churches in Canada. A full 30% of these, based on self-evaluations, consider themselves to be unhealthy. That’s 20,000 that need changes in their spiritual and organizational health. These nine points will help our churches and mission organizations move another step towards health.

  1. A clear Vision, Mission and Values that are understood and lived throughout the organization.
  2. The Organization is known and their presence felt in their community. The message is lived. Your neighbors know there is something refreshingly different about you and your people.
  3. Healthy leaders who are respected people of integrity, Bible focused, friendly and realize their role as Servant Leaders.
  4. A Healthy church and mission never become that way by accident.  It takes prayer, team work, strategy and action.
  5. Optimistic about the future. Your people, supporters and followers are excited about progress, talking about the future and referencing the past only as foundation.
  6. Active small Bible based groups.  These are focused on learning scripture and building relationships with seniors, Young Adults, parents with kids, or my preference, multigenerational and multicultural groups that share, learn and pray together.
  7. Time with your leaders needs to feel like family and friends
  8. Healthy churches focus on the community outside the church building
  9. Positive growing staff and volunteers who pray, work and learn together.

Leadership is, watching God make difference in you, your church, community, country and world.

Yours in Service,

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

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