Tuesday, December 1

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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 ...
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...
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I’ve got a control issue!

Ever wondered why you like to be in control? You may not be a 'control freak' but if you don't have somewhat of a control issue then you are probably not fully human! We have an innate desire to control our environment, our lives, relationships and, well, pretty much everything! In turn we fall in the trap of things controlling us; our money, our performance, habits, desires and, well, pretty much anything! Yet, if we could resist the slightly freakish internal control demand for a moment we might discover some powerful tools that will break this control issue. In the words of Clay Scroggins in his book ‘How to Lead in a World of Distraction’ you need to ‘Turn down the noise long enough to be curious about what’s inside of you.’ As we turn down the distracting white noises ar
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What are people saying about you?

I heard someone say recently ‘A company is no longer what it tells it’s customers it is; a company is what customers tell other customers it is’ This is a challenging consideration for all of us who lead organizations, departments or teams. It is easy for us to determine what we want to be known for and simply tell the world. However it is more nuanced to consider what might others say about us and how can we help influence that to be in line with the desires we have for our organization. It requires me to ask myself : Have I stopped to ask others for their opinion or observation about my company, team or even about my leadership? Have I implemented common feedback threads into my leadership, organizational culture or behavior? If we want our Church or business to grow, we
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HOPE IS FOUND IN COMMUNITY

It is fascinating to see the inter-relationships of the Apostle Paul and a great circle of his close friends and co-workers. Paul was not a man to do things alone. He knew his need of others and he knew his value to them. He knew hope is discovered in Christ but lived out and demonstrated in community. He uses such affectionate words to describe each relationship: Tychicus, “a beloved brother, faithful minister and fellow servant” - someone he felt a tie that went as deep as family, appreciating the work he did and knew him as someone who stood alongside. Onesimus, “a faithful and beloved brother” - the tone you would use toward someone who has consistently acted in a way that was unusually self sacrificial. Aristarchus, “my fellow prisoner”- I can only imagine what