Why is it important to help leaders reflect?

Why is it important to help leaders reflect?

I was coaching a leader recently and asked him what he is learning about himself. He paused, then shared:

I am learning the importance of taking time to slow down, reflect and see the progress I’ve made.

It is interesting, the more we “advance” as a species, the more we seem to need time and space to reflect.

Further, he went on to say:

Our coaching time together is the only time I slow down and reflect.

Why do you think that this is the case?

My hunch is that our fast-paced society is not conducive to slowing down and reflection.  I can use all sorts of excuses, but I hold to the truth, the things I value are the things I actually do!  One of my goals is to re-think my rythms for 2018.

Here is a helpful resource to learn how to manage the internal urges that we all have, to stay busy and in a non-reflective state.  The Emotional Intelligence profile will give you and those you coach a starting point on addressing this important area.  I’ve used this assessment on numerous occasions and it oftentimes kick-start a fruitful conversation on ways to be more self-aware to the need to be more reflective.

Check out InFocus Collectives 2018:

Collectives create the time and space for leaders to slow down, reflect – then arrive at new ways of thinking and doing.

10% discount for registrations prior to January 1, 2018

Coach the Leader; Not the Problem!

Coach the Leader; Not the Problem!

A book that I have enjoyed reading titled, Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger discusses change management. To illustrate this point Bolsinger uses the historical account of the Lewis & Clark expedition as a backdrop for church ministry and the reality for leaders to navigate in “uncharted territory”.

The author introduces Adaptive Leadership:

“… NOT ABOUT FINDING THE BEST-KNOWN OR MOST-AVAILABLE FIX TO A PROBLEM, BUT INSTEAD ADAPTING TO THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT OR CIRCUMSTANCES SO THAT NEW POSSIBILITIES ARISE FOR ACCURATELY SEEING, UNDERSTANDING AND FACING CHALLENGES WITH NEW ACTIONS.” 

Leadership on the Line – Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading by Ronald Heifetz & Marty Linsky

The point I take from this explanation as it relates to coaching, is simple: “coach the person, not the problem”. There is a tendency to focus on solving a problem when you coach a leader. However, the true value you bring as a coach to a leader it to help increase the leader’s awareness e.g. “ACCURATELY SEEING, UNDERSTANDING AND FACING CHALLENGES WITH NEW ACTIONS.”

He unpacks three aspects of Adaptive Leadership that will serve you well as you coach leaders to navigate change and help leader transform their capacity to lead well, in that process. Here are the three areas with a key reflection question, that I’ve included, for you to drill down in each area: 

1. Technical Competence:

Key question: What ministry skills does the pastor or planter need to develop in this season?

2. Relational Congruence:

Key question: How can this leader raise their emotional intelligence effectiveness to engage relationally?

3. Adaptive Capacity:

Key question: What aspects of change management must this leader need to pay attention to in this season?

A lot of important work has been done in the area of change management. Canoeing the Mountains does an excellent job defining adaptive leadership and narrowing the focus on the leader’s transformation.

Collectives 2018:

As we approach the end of the year, check out the Collectives for 2018 and consider which opportunity fits your needs. Collectives are not just for anyone. Collectives are for movement makers. Collectives are designed exclusively for catalytic leaders.

According to Merriam-Webster: a catalyst is an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action”

Collectives will help a leader:

  • who is on the verge of a breakthrough
  • stuck in their development
  • unable to keep up with the growth, expansion & reproduction of the ministries they are launching

Reflection Questions:

Who do you know that is on the forefront of catalyzing a disciple-making movement?

Who do you know that is catalyzing a church multiplication movement?.

 

What compliment would you liked to have given in 2017?

What compliment would you liked to have given in 2017?

Thanks-giving is your chance to give thanks to the Lord and the people He has surrounded you with to fulfill His mission!

It is easy to allow the busyness of ministry and work to dictate your actions. Countless demands on your time that can infringe on your life. But it is not okay to use that as an excuse to miss the opportunity to thank people for their contribution.

Reflect on the following:

  • Who have you meant to thank, that is doing something that if it was not done, everyone would notice?
  • Who is performing a random act(s) of kindness for you, your team or organization?
  • Who have you taken for granted?

What compliment would you liked to have given in 2017?

This is a year-end question I pose to leaders I coach. There is still time. Don’t miss this opportunity. 

Take the Thanksgiving challenge:

  1. Write a list: take 30 minutes to identify people to thank for their contribution and role in your life and/or ministry.
  2. Write a note: take 30 minutes to write a simple note of thanks and appreciation.

As we approach the end of the year, check out the Collectives for 2018 and consider which opportunity fits your needs.

Tis’ the Season to be Grateful

Tis’ the Season to be Grateful

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. More than Christmas or Easter; Thanksgiving solicits a different response from me. I absolutely love and embrace the history passed-on from our forefathers:

“It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1864, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.”

Let me take a moment to highlight three men that have facilitated the growth and expansion of InFocus. Each member of the InFocus Board has a particular role and contribution.  I give thanks to the Lord for the wisdom they have provided over the years.

In the midst of the family gatherings, friends and fun; it is easy to forget the need to give thanks. I encourage you to “give thanks” to those who have supported you in your leadership journey this last year.

  • Who are the influential people in your life?

See this blog from earlier this year, for a list of people who have made my leadership journey possible; as a prompt for you to give thanks for the people God has used in your life.

What is a level 5 leader?

What is a level 5 leader?

The best reason I suggest you to participate in a Collective, is not:

  • the power of coaching
  • the power of a focused learning communities.

No, the best reason that I would give is the profound impact God has made through the ministries of my co-presenters who are multiplying leaders (read Multiply).

Church Multiplication Collective

  • Tim Vink – Level 4-5 leader
    • Stewarded the Reformed Church of America movement from 3% to 14% of churches reproducing since 2005.

Disciple-Making Collective

  • Daniel B – missionary that has catalyzed 400+ Discovery Bible studies with his team
    • Has helped train over 500 church planters in disciple-making strategies worldwide.

Allowing leaders to focus on a shared issue within a group of like-minded individuals, combines the power of one-on-one coaching with the strength of a learning community.

If you have not yet registered yet I would like to encourage you to seriously consider taking that next step. Registration ends November 10, 2017 for this round of Collectives. Below is the schedule with times listed in the links below:  

  • Session #1: Nov 13, 2017
  • Session #2: Dec 4, 2017
  • Session #3: Jan 9, 2018
  • Session #4: Feb 5, 20178

Please e-mail InFocus if you have specific questions about taking the next step to register.

See Church Multiplication Collective to register.

See Disciple-Making Collective to register.

Strategically Approaching 2018

Strategically Approaching 2018

How are you preparing for 2018?

Over the last 30+ years I’ve discovered the power of coaching leaders to help them succeed.  Leaders thrive when the learn in communities. Allowing leaders to focus on a shared issue within a group of like-minded individuals combines the power of one-on-one coaching with the strength of a learning community.

InFocus is launching two 6-month-long Collectives that are designed to allow leaders to activate, assess, and apply what they learn in their ministries. The Collectives will focus on how leaders should respond in moments of chaos and uncertainty, guiding leaders through the decisions that drive their visions.

The Collectives are focused on:

  • Church Planting & Multiplication: best suited for regional leaders responsible for the health & growth of multiple congregations
  • Disciplemaking: best suited for pastors/church planters

How are you preparing for 2018?  Who do you know that needs the support of a Collective?  Registration ends November 10, 2017 for this round of Collectives.  

The Power of InFocus Collectives

What is the purpose of a Collective?

Collectives are focused learning intensives that focus on the best practices to make more & better disciples by creating the healthiest environments possible.

  • Activate your vision through individualized coaching.
  • Assess your framework to cultivate a movement of disciples and healthy churches by interacting with other members of the Collective.
  • Apply principles in designing an action plan to implement in your context.

Who are the Collectives going to impact most?

Disciplemaking Collective
  • Micro-Church Planters
    • I’ve put a lot of thought into this one. The Disciplemaking Collective is ideal for the leader of a disciple-making movement with the goal of rapid reproduction. Daniel B has been instrumental in establishing over 400 Discovery Bible Studies in five years; catalyzing a movement of disciples, making disciples.
Church Multiplication Collective
  • Regional leaders within denominational systems/networks
    • From my perspective, the most challenging role within the church hierarchy is the regional leader. Why? The regional leader leads exclusively through influence (in many networks). Perhaps a close second is the national leader who is charged to leverage influence through the regional leaders; but the conduit to get anything done is the regional leader

What is unique about the Collectives?

  • We’ll discuss the principles.for disciplemaking and church multiplication.
  • We’ll lean from the experienced, seasoned practitioners.
  • We’ll learn in a coach-facilitated conversation vs. an information download.

Why would I join one?

  1. The timing is right: Start 2018 with a plan.
  2. The community is right: Focused leaders intent on the same goal.
  3. The cost is right: Over the 6 months of the Collective, it comes to $5/day.

If not you – who?

  • This is a great opportunity if you have a disciplemaking or church multiplication ministry focus. There may also be leaders in your circle of influence that need what Collectives have to offer. Please share this blog with them and ask/challenge then to consider a Collective.
Three Reasons to Engage In a Collective

Three Reasons to Engage In a Collective

Collectives are focused learning intensives that take the best practices to make more & better disciples by creating the healthiest environments possible.

  • Activate your vision through individualized coaching.
  • Assess your framework to cultivate a movement of disciples and healthy churches by interacting with other members of the Collective.
  • Apply principles in designing an action plan to implement in your context

Reason #1: Start 2018 strong

Finish 2017 in a forward looking way. Calibrate your ministry by assessing what you are doing to multiply disciples and churches. Put plan in place to start 2018 with a clear plan.

Reason #2: Raise your awareness

Learn from seasoned leaders. Consider what others are doing without a prescriptive approach. The four group sessions will give you the opportunity to interact with practitioners and then de-brief in the six coaching sessions to allow you process how the principles can be adapted to your context.

Reason #3: Take action

Allow the Lord to speak into your vision. Collectives create space for leaders to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit. When you have a new direction, thought or nuance that you wan to act on, the power of the coaching relationship will help you take action.

  • Read more about the Collectives.
  • Registration closes on November 10, 2017.
  • Please e-mail direct with questions.
Introducing the Co-Facilitators of the InFocus Collectives

Introducing the Co-Facilitators of the InFocus Collectives

If not you, who?

 

Who do you know that has a vision to make disciples and form churches, that plant churches?

 

The Disciple-making Movement Collective is the perfect opportunity to be equipped with the necessary skills to catalyze this process. 

 

I’m excited to have two world-class leaders who are co-facilitating the InFocus Collectives with me.

 

  • Daniel B has helped catalyze 400+ Discovery Bible Studies & will be sharing principles from his experience in the Disciple-making Collective.

 

  • Tim Vink has stewarded the movement within a denomination that has moved from 3% to 14% of churches reproducing since 2005: nationally across the evangelical landscape only 4% are reproducing churches or “Level 5” according to Exponential research.

 

The three environments you will experience in the collective include coaching, group interaction, and personal application. 

 

See DISCIPLE‑MAKING COLLECTIVE for dates, times & registration click here.

 

See CULTIVATING MULTIPLICATION MOVEMENTS COLLECTIVE for dates, times & registration click here.

 

Who do you know that has a vision to catalyze a disciple-making movement?

 

Who do you know that is responsible for the systems contributing to the multiplication of churches?

 

Announcing InFocus Collectives

Are you looking for a group to connect with to sharpen your coaching skills?

 

 

Would you like to learn how to make disciples using a coach approach?

 

 

Are you coaching leaders to catalyze a movement of multiplying churches?

 

 

Check out InFocus Collectives

Whatever is alive in Christ, multiply it. The gospel has exponential power and potential so that where we plant the full gospel message about the Bridegroom, the Bride is sure to be showing up next.

-Tim Vink