Tuesday, December 1
5 ways to enrich your relationships
Personal Life, Work Life

5 ways to enrich your relationships

  There is no doubt that friendships are forged over food. But other than good food what else can we do to build bridges into people’s lives and forge good friendships? Here are my top 5 tips on building great connections: 1. GET ON THEIR PAGE! Talk to people about what they want to talk about not necessarily what you want to talk about. One of the best ways to strike a conversation is to figure out what interests other people and talk about it. If you want to catch fish, you can’t do that with cheese cake just because you think it tastes good. The hook has to have worms, which will attract fish. (How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie) I knew someone who loved planes, so I studied up on planes, giving me the ability to talk more intelligently about things h
How do I handle difference of opinion?
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How do I handle difference of opinion?

Do you ever feel challenged by conflict, or something that may seem like conflict? Most of us don't like conflict. Now in many situations we are in, or meetings we are leading, what we are experiencing isn't conflict but the healthy expression of differing opinions. In a course I ran recently on Collaborative leadership I did a session on 'How do I handle difference of opinion?' - In my view this is probably one of the most helpful sessions of the course. If we do not create safe climates in our teams, whether the team leader or team member, we will not nurture some of the great ideas or course of actions we need to be taking. I know you will enjoy this session. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-B4rwNm3w8 You can find the full Collaborative Leadership series here ...
Heart & Hands – 2 of your greatest Business tools
Leadership, Work Life

Heart & Hands – 2 of your greatest Business tools

“And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skilful hands he led them.” Psalms‬ ‭78:72‬  2 aspects to being a successful leader : 1. Heart Your integrity, your passion, your godliness, your internal world is a huge part of your leadership and business success. Compromise this and you compromise your business. Your motivation, or 'why', for your business is critical. I sometimes hear people say "I am working for myself because I couldn't work for anyone else". The truth is you will never be a success working for yourself until you have learnt the ability to work for someone else. The 2 are not mutually exclusive. What you learn building someone else's vision, being subject to someone else's timetable are essential lessons in being a great leader.
4 Enemies of your Purpose
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4 Enemies of your Purpose

Purpose, isn't that what we all feel we want to be living for? It is probably one of the strongest forces in us, is the need to feel our lives have meaning. Growing up as a teenager I had a growing sense of what I wanted to do, no details, just a vague direction; I am living in that right now, 30 plus years later (who's counting anyway!) Here are some lessons I've learnt what the 4 enemies are to living a fulfilling sense of purpose. 1. All at once I want it, and I want it NOW. I have the vineyard, but I want the grapes also, in fact I want the champagne NOW! The desire for overnight success will be an enemy to your purpose. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.Exodus 23:30 When the Israeli...
Top 3 thoughts on leading through a crisis
Leadership

Top 3 thoughts on leading through a crisis

A lot of great material has already been written on this topic. It's current, it's relevant, and we only have one chance do it well, before the moment passes us and people will decide how to label this period of time. Leaders have a unique opportunity to help people write the narrative now for what this period in history will be known for. What do you want your employees to look back and say? What do you want your constituents to look back and say? What do you want your church people to look back and say? Therefore, I thought I would add my 3 top thoughts on what I have tried to do in 3 different troubling events I have had to lead people through. 1. Communicate fast and clearly In order for us to stay orientated, we need to know something of our map and compass. Comm...