It’s happening today!

It’s happening today!

It’s rare that I get excited about a summit, but the one that’s starting today truly stands out to me… Because it’s unlike any other online event I’ve been to that is devoted to the topic of coaching.

As a leader, the quality of your leadership is your most valuable asset. That’s why I believe that constantly educating yourself is crucial for long-term fruitfulness.  Since coaching is a tool that can help you empower your team, in disciplemaking, in developing church planters, in supporting pastors, etc. – I want you to be aware of this helpful online, FREE resource that is available to you.

And just in case you missed my last email, the WBECS Pre-Summit officially opens its doors today… And they’re kicking off the event with a selection of speakers that I know you will love.

Check out the Pre-Summit speaker line up and grab yourself a seat here.

Following is the session I recommend for Week #3 June 10th-14th, especially if you are working with a leader who is stuck & need tools to help her/him move forward!

Key Learning Takeaways

  1. The surprising root cause of the inner critic.
  2. The common mistakes coaches make in working with clients around the inner critic.
  3. Four highly effective tools that you can use for yourself, and teach your clients to use when self-doubt arises, so that it no longer holds them back.

Let’s learn from some of the best thought leaders in the world together.

Courage,
Gary Reinecke
Leadership Effectiveness Profile
www.infocusnet.org

“How many core values do you need?”

“How many core values do you need?”

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.

What motivates you to do what you do?

What motivates you to do what you do?

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

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.

Rev. Russ Siders – Lead Pastor,, Sunrise Community Church

#1 Develop your Leadership Effectiveness – LEARN

#1 Develop your Leadership Effectiveness – LEARN

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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:

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What essential skills are necessary?
  3. 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:

  1. Who are you developing?
  2. How are you helping them learn about themselves and the people on their team?
  3. 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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