Friday, April 16

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How can I create ownership in my team?

People sometimes ask me the question “how do I create ownership amongst people in my team or Connect group?”  Like any question there is never one single answer, but rather a network of things we can do. But let me focus on one thing : "Don’t just give away tasks, give away jobs” If in your team you have a task called ‘buying a bowl of apples for the information desk’ - you can give that as a task to someone.  This means it goes on a rosta and when it is my turn on the rosta I go and buy the apples.  I don’t necessarily own it, or own the purpose of the team, I simply help out by buying the apples. Whilst this is a good entry point for helping people begin to serve, what is much better for ownership is to give this as a job to one person. Now a person in the team has a job, it’s their
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“To delegate or not to delegate?” that is the question!

Today I want to give some key note input to this important topic - delegation.  These notes will help both those doing the delegation and those being delegated to.  It also applies to when delegating to a team, not just to an individual. WHAT IS DELEGATION? synonyms for delegation: assignment, entrusting, giving, committal, devolution, deputation,  key concepts in delegation:  'Mission':  delegation is purposeful, it is definable.  'Entrusting': delegation is the giving away of work tasks, projects or assignments with a trust that it will be completed to a certain standard.  'Deputation':  the one who is delegated to is acting on behalf of another. WHY DELEGATION IS IMPORTANT Delegation makes the best use of your skills and time, whilst, at the same time it empowers & s
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10 Tips for the ambitious

Try this if you have any desire to be highly successful in your career or in your business. These characteristics apply whether employed or a business owner … 1. Entrepreneurs look beyond how things are to how they might be different 2. Entrepreneurs have powerful idiosyncratic visions (unique in characteristic) 3. Entrepreneurs make things happen – people of action not just visionaries 4. Entrepreneurs possess the trait of determination. ‘No’ is not an answer! 5. Entrepreneurs are ambitious – not to make money, but to change things 6. Entrepreneurs are charismatic – inspire and enlist extraordinary support 7. Entrepreneurs are positive – their optimism needs to be delightfully irrational 8. Entrepreneurs are often in a great hurry – they want things done yesterday! 9. Entre
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20 things to consider in how to improve your 2014

I am believing this year will be incredibly fruitful for you.  As you think through your priorities and how life might be a bigger year for you try this list (by Tom Corley,  The fact that its a list comparing the wealthy with the poor is not necessarily the main objective, but simply that good habits always reap good results: 1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble. 2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this. 3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this. 4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor peo
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Invisible Walls part1

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.  Ephesians 2:13,14 Jesus broke down the walls that got in the way of a meaningful relationship between us and Him.  Some of those walls are obvious, our sin for instance.  Some are less obvious to start with, our thinking that He would never be that interested in me, for instance.  These invisible walls become barriers to a relationship that has flow in it.  These walls bring an awkwardness to the relationship.  He is committed to removing all types of walls becau