Core values are both personal and corporate.
- They are personal in that individuals have certain aspects of their personality that they emphasize or aspire to uphold.
- They are corporate in that the collective values of team members capture the essence of what the organization aspires to uphold.
I’ve found that many individuals and teams are vague on their values. Case in point, how many times have you discovered a laundry list of values when you ask leaders to share/recite their personal or corporate values? I want to share with you a YouTube video that will challenge you to think through your core values and arrive at three that you will commit to memory.
The title of the YouTube video is, You Have Too Many Core Values by Storybrand founder, Don Miller. He is the author of the book, “Blue Like Jazz” that you may have read. The point he makes is worth considering for you and your team.
One of the reasons we are offering the Personal Calling Collective LIVE is to help people discover their personal values. As people take this important step they will have a greater sense of self, a greater understanding of how the Lord has created them and a greater sense of calling. I hope you can join me and my co-facilitator, Mukesh Azad in June 2019. CLICK HERE for more information.
This image has particular interest this week as part of the cathedral was burned and altered the Parisian skyline. Notre Dame de Paris or “Our Lady of Paris” was started in 1163 and was largely complete by 1345. For almost two centuries this amazing piece of architecture was under construction.
I wonder what motivated the visionaries that envisioned this house of worship.
What motivates you to do what you do? I enjoy asking this question because you can tell a lot about a person by their answer. In the case of Notre Dame was it to reach the heavens so that people could get closer to God; to honor and give glory to God; to make the cathedral the heart of Paris? Whatever the reasons, people dedicated their lives to fulfill the vision.
When asking people who are discerning how to align their lives with God’s purposes – it takes on an entirely different meaning. I remember when I was a college student studying environmental design I was asking myself this very question. It led me to explore other avenues than I had previously considered, including ministry. My dad was a businessman who was trained as an electrical engineer so ministry was unfamiliar territory. One morning as we were walking and talking, he made an observation pertaining to the internship I was doing at the church where I was raised in the Faith. He made a comment that range true for me and solidified the change I was contemplating. He admitted that he did not understand what a vocation of ministry involved; but he did notice that I was invigorated more and more by what I was doing. That helped me sort through the fog that cluttered my mind and see for the first time what I had sensed in my heart. Words matter – especially when it comes from someone you respect, love and desire to be like.
That eventually led me down the path of seminary and into coaching, to help: emerging leaders and leaders discern what God was calling them to, navigate critical issues to catalyze movements of disciples that start healthy churches that start churches and faithfully serve God in the next chapter of their life.
One of the reasons we created the Personal Calling Collective is to help you and those you coach do just that. Younger leaders have a great need for this type of support AND established leaders need it just as much. CLICK HERE for more information. Here are a couple of resources that might help you, and others, discern what God is calling you to next:
Personal Calling Coaching Guide with Storyboard
Personal Calling Storyboard
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Gary empowers leaders to discover and realize their God-given potential, not by imitating others, but by striving to become the best possible version of themselves.
Life-long learners constantly cycle through a developmental process to sharpen their leadership skills. It may be intuitive or it may be intentional. But the 6 steps are real: LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW.
John was struggling. He served as a volunteer organizing various mission events, with amazing results. But then he was asked to lead the Global Outreach Ministry for his church.
He was flattered, excited – but overwhelmed.
- How was he going to lead?
- Who was he leading?
- And most important, where was he supposed to start?
That’s when we met.
Too often, people are put into leadership positions without the tools, skills or understanding required to lead. What normally happens to people is that they either pursue help OR they die! The death of a vision leads to the death of a leader. Worse yet, the leader becomes frustrated, apathetic and disinterested in everything to do with the “church”.
Back to John, after he brought me up to speed, I asked him some questions and as he reflected – he began to calm down. John shared his heart for missions, and for the Global Outreach Ministry.
- He had a vision.
- He had ideas of what he didn’t want – essentially he did NOT want to work alone!
- He DID want to become more effective at helping others lead essential areas of the Global Outreach Ministry.
As a leader, one thing you must ask is – Where do I begin?
Here are three questions I asked John:
- What are your strengths?
- What essential skills are necessary?
- Who do you need?
John had recently completed an assessment that the entire church staff was asked to take. We discussed the strengths he brought to a team. And then identified some areas he did not enjoy, what he lacked and potential blind spots. Finally, we identified what it would take for his team to be successful and who would be good to have on his team.
John is in the process of:
- Learning who he is as a leader.
- Learning about the various roles he needs to fill on his team.
- Learning who he could approach as potential members of his team.
Learning is an important step in the Leadership Development Process. But Learning in itself is not enough. In fact, going to a workshop, listening to a podcast or even receiving a degree in leadership does not guarantee a person can lead. I’ve found that many people have knowledge but lack the experience of actually leading a team. Applying the knowledge and learning from success as well as failure is critical in the development process.
Questions for your reflection:
- Who are you developing?
- How are you helping them learn about themselves and the people on their team?
- What possibilities are there for them to take the next step forward?
The next step in the journey to develop as a leader is – Empower. Empower team members to help them clarify “whats next”. This is where we will pick-up next week.
Learn about the 2019 Collectives. Each Collective will engage you in the 6 Step Leadership Development process above.
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Love is a wonderful noun – but a challenging verb!
It is one thing to love someone or some thing. It is quite another to show love for a person.
The vertical dimension to “love God”, requires belief. The horizontal dimension, to “love your neighbor”, requires action.
Here are four steps to love your neighbor.
4 STEPS TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR:
- Prayerfully discern a “neighbor” in need.
- Identify the need.
- Offer to help.
- Let God use you.
We have done this as a small group and have witnessed God do some amazing things. Who are some people your group could serve?
Key questions to consider:
- How do you express your love of God?
- Who is your neighbor?
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The impact of a coach on a team is tremendous. It can make the difference between winning and losing. Think Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors.
It is the same in disciplemaking and church planting. A leader with the right approach, who has developed the necessary skills and has the temperament to coach people to take action, has a tremendous advantage.
A group I worked with recently has a number of pastors and church planters learning the art of coaching. One leader shared the dramatic change in people when he has taken the coach approach. In several conversations when he was asked for advice, he turned to the individual and challenged them to reflect and brainstorm solutions for themselves. In just about every case, the people have responded enthusiastically and taken responsibility for their actions. This is the power of a coach approach.
Making this change is significant, strategic and sacrificial. Here are five shifts that occur when a leader moves from being indispensable to an empowering leader:
- Shift from being viewed as the expert vs. viewing the other person as the expert
- Shift from being the center of the conversation vs. supporting the other person
- Shift from being the advice-giver vs. listener
- Shift from being the creator of the agenda vs.hold the other person accountable for the agenda
- Shift from being responsible to take action vs. empower the other person to take action
What could be the impact if you were to make these shifts?
- You will help people think for themselves, foster a high sense of ownership and take action!.
- You will expand your circle of influence so that you are not the only catalyst to lead an initiative, implement change or create a new culture.
- You will accelerate the process of:
- Leadership development
- Church Planting
Collectives are focused learning intensives to train you, and the leaders you are empowering, in the best practices of coaching to make those shifts.
Two Collectives are being offered this fall:
What lesson can we learn from the best coaches in the world?
What do world-class; truly world-class coaches do that set them apart?
Let’s take a look at the world of professional sports and assess what coaches at the highest level do that translates into the ministry coaching. For instance, one of the most successful football coaches in European club football is Zinedane Zidane of Real Madrid. Not only was he one of football’s greatest players of his generation; but now is approaching his team’s third European Championship – in a row. A feat that has only been achieved by Bayern Munich from 1974-1976.
For our purposes, what can we extract from what Zidane does that applies to how we approach coaching disciplemakers and leaders?
First, Zidane understands the game.
Second, he knows his players.
Third, Zidane makes the right decisions at the right time.
I realize that I am making a leap to suggest that coaching in the sport’s context can cross-over to coaching in a ministry context. But aren’t these worth consideration?
Let’s take that first one today – Understands the game. Zidane knows what, how and when to makes adjustments so that his teams score, defend and close-out games. What you also sense from Zidane is, he knows how to handle defeat.
For instance, last week Real Madrird played Bayern Munich in the European Cup Semi-Final in a home and away series. In the first leg in Munich, Real Madrid went one goal down early in the match. Zidane made changes to the squad and they fought back, away from home and won the match, 2-1. In the home series it was Real Madrid that proved their superiority once again with a convincing win, thanks to a critical mistake from Bayern’s goalkeeper.
When coaching disciplemakers and leaders, it is imperative we understand the “game”. What I am suggesting is that we must understand the process of making a disciple; and the process of developing a leader; so that we will know how to help people:
- make adjustments
- do what is required to advance
- handle set-backs.
These are just some of the complexities of the “game” that we are asked to play as we coach disciplemakers & leaders.
Here are three questions for your reflection:
- What developmental process (disciplemaking & leader development) has worked for you in the past?
- How do you engage people in a developmental process?
- What would make the process reproducible?
I have found the two coaching resources below helpful to define the pathway for disciplemaking & leader development:
- Making Disciples Storyboard
- Leadership Multiplication Pathway