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Waiting and Wondering

Waiting can be so difficult. The days seem long, and the world seems dark. I’ve been a part of a men’s group that meets for breakfast once a week where several of us have been in seasons of waiting. So, as we investigated what we wanted to read and discuss it seemed natural to find a resource that spoke into waiting. This is where we found a reading plan in the free YouVersion Bible app  called “Victory in the Wilderness

Over the past weeks we have read passages in the Bible that gave us wisdom and guidance around topics such as self-control, waiting, worrying, offense, and peace. It has been such a rich time for our group to hear each other, hear what God is saying, and to encourage one-another. We also wonder about God’s timing when our prayers our not answered in the way or time we expect.

What might it have been like for the followers of Christ to wait on the day after he was crucified and buried? This is what we learned on Sunday as Dr. Suzanne McDonald, a Professor at Western Theological Seminary, shared about Holy Saturday. In Luke 23:56b we read that “On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56b). We can infer the darkness and hopelessness that must have been experienced by all who loved Jesus even as they were faithful in honoring the sabbath by resting.

Dr. McDonald proposed ways we might journey through dark times:

  1. Be faithful even if you don’t feel it.
    Sometimes we just need to keep doing the actions of a faithful follower of Jesus. This might include setting aside time for prayer, reading the Bible, participating in worship on a Sunday, and gathering with other believers.

  2. Stop and rest in the Lord.
    Step back from trying to control the outcome and, instead, hand it over to God and find rest in Him.

  3. Help one another see glimpses of God’s love and care.
    Look for ways to love and serve others. This moves us out of a self-focus and into an other-focus. You have the ability to be the physical presence of God to those in need.

  4. Wait with certain hope of what God will do.
    Remember what God has done in the past in order to trust in the future He has planned for you.

In addition to these ways of being in the dark times you might also find hope in the following passage from Philippians that our men’s group is reading this week:

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:4-9 (New Revised Standard Version)

  • How might you be faithful even when you don’t feel like it?
  • Where can you make space to find rest in the Lord?
  • How might you care for someone else as a way of showing God’s love?
  • What is one area of life for which you can give thanks to God?

## The Art of Working Together – Alan Mulally #GLS2016 Session 2

The Art of Working Together – Alan Mulally #GLS2016 Session 2

It is important to place people first and work together to see and share problems in order to solve them by working together. To do this, use data and information to see current reality. Healthy teams need to be able to hold 2 things in tension at the same time:

  • Deal with reality
  • Have a plan to deal with it

Consider using the colors red, yellow, and green when sharing goals and monitoring all aspects of a project.

The Lenses of Leadership – Bill Hybels #GLS2016 Session 1


The Lenses of Leadership – Bill Hybels #GLS2016 Session 1
There are four lens’ of leadership that require the attention and are the responsibility of the leader:

  • Passion (red framed glasses): Keep passion alive in your spirit because it is infectious. Read materials that ignite passion, be around people with passion, and go to places that inspire passion.
  • Culture (shattered lens glasses): Care about people because God cares about people. Feedback is very important so don’t shy away from doing it and building it into the culture.
  • Goals (adjustable lens glasses): Watch out for too many or too few goals in an organization. Pay attention and keep adjusting.
  • Legacy (glasses with rear-view lens attached): Look at your past to see where most of your energy has been spent. Align your energy with how you want to be remembered. Start now!

GLS15: Session 7b Liz Wiseman

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 7b
Liz Wiseman
Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing  

  • rookie moments when doing something challenging and meaningful
  • “I don’t want a job I’m qualified learn or there would be nothing to learn.”
  • Questions to ask yourself about rookie moments:
  • how di dyou feel
  • how did you operate
  • what did you do when you didn’t know what to do
  • what was your aspiration?
  • We operate in simple small gritty and powerful way
  • Experience
    • “Once we have knowledge we tend to make assumptions and they can often be bad assumptions.”
    • With experience, sometimes we see what we expect to see and sometimes we can miss things entirely.
  • Inexperience
    • bound to make some rookie mistakes
    • has an upside that must be explored
  • The upside of inexperience
    • operate in hunter gatherer mode to seek expertise from others
    • LEARNING CURVE: delight > discovery > desperation (fire-walker mode–quick and careful) we tend to learn the most when we are feeling a bit desperate > deliver > delight > comfort OR hubris
      • signs you are on a plateau
        • things are running smoothly
        • you already have the answers
        • you get positive feedback
          • when we are at the top of our game we are in danger
        • you’ve become the mentor
        • you’re busy but bored – soul-sucking and contagious
      • can we be dulled to danger simply because we feel comfort?
    • when you have nothing it forces you to turn outward
    • when challenge level goes up, satisfaction level goes up
    • the secret of the rookie zone is it is powerful because we don’t like it–we want to reduce the tension (rubber band stretch between people)
    • as leaders we sometimes stretch too hard or we reduce the tension to rescue people
  • How do we rekindle rookie smarts?
  • master the art of the pivot of Leader & Learner by trying the following:
    • things are running smoothly SO INSTEAD throw away your notes in order to have fresh thinking
    • you already have the answers SO INSTEAD ask the questions
    • you get positive feedback SO INSTEAD admit what you don’t know
    • you’ve become the mentor SO INSTEAD let someone else lead
      • leaders need to be able to stop and to be able to go in reverse
      • try following someone on the team
      • go and spend time with the newcomers and allow them to renew you
    • you’re busy but board SO INSTEAD disqualify yourself and put yourself back at the beginning of the learning curve
      • when we put ourselves back in the rookie zone we do our best thinking and find our greatest joy “It’s awkward but it’s exhilarating”
  • “If you want your team to stay relevant, lead them into the unknown”
  • stay a learner and know when to put your rookie on
  • Our greatest joy comes from daring to begin again.

GLS15: Session 7a Sam Adeyemi

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 7a
Sam Adeyemi
Crushing the Power Chasm

  • born into a middle-class family with dad a government employee
  • construction in the family
  • family went through financial hardship
  • desired success and comfort
  • “When God asks you a question it is not because he doesn’t know the answer. Most of the time he wants to confront you with your foolishness.”
  • “You will not find the definition of success for your ministry or organization until you help the people I sent to you to succeed.”
    • "The object of leadership for many leaders is their own success, but the object of Christ’s leadership was the success of His followers
    • John 14:12 – for Christ the object of his leadership was not Him, it was the success of His followers
    • this takes the focus off of us and on to the people. Ask, “What are their needs? What are their problems? What are their issues?”
    • Selfishness is the focus of many leaders – James 4:3
    • “Following you should hold the promise of life change for those who follow you.” – Mathew 4:19
  • In many cultures being a leader makes you superior to the people you are leading. In such a culture leaders don’t empower others.
    • Mark 10:42 – Jesus is lived in such a culture
    • Powerful are very powerful and powerless and are very powerless
    • “The downside to power distance is that it can leave followers with low self-esteem and afraid to challenge a leader’s views.”
      • they tend to wait for approval before they do anything (a permission seeking culture)
      • people will not give feedback to the leader
      • leaders can be less accountable
    • “Jesus crushed the power gap between men and women, adults and children, leaders and their followers.”
      • Jesus embraced the children and told adults to be like them
      • Jesus healed on the Sabbath to confront the power structure
      • “As leaders, we should create the Jesus type of power structures”
      • Matthew 10:1 – disciples given authority and power
      • “Jesus gave power away.”
      • Jesus said to Peter, if I can do it you can do it to
  • “There is something about leaders and talented people that makes us think others cannot do what we do.”
    • Numbers 11
    • Shepherds feed sheep which allows sheep to give back to sheep and invite more sheep
  • There is a huge opportunity in parts of the world where people are oppressed and there are power gaps.
    • It is not the absence of money that makes you poor. You need ideas to make money.
    • There are opportunities to empower people
    • “Jesus did not only crush the power gap, he overturned it”
    • Luke 22:27

GLS15: Session 6 Brian Houston

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 6
Brian Houston
Resilience: One on One with Brian Houston

  • parents a part of Salvation Army up until he was 3 and dad had nervous breakdown
  • grew up in New Zeeland
  • new book coming out in September “Live Love and Lead”
  • call felt from his early years to be a preacher (Ephesians 1:1)
  • father had abused a young person and was a huge emotional hit – still a challenge to this time
  • changes in life after a panic attack and finding self in a low point
    • changes in way of travel
    • no more sleeping tablets
    • adding more discipline into certain parts of life
    • have risen out of the depths very quickly
  • music from Hillsong
    • build a church that helps others build church
    • Darlene was instrumental part of music for 15 years
    • “Music is an arrowhead for a healthy church.”
  • in most organizations who you start with is not who stays with it over time
    • “It is always good in leadership to take your time and invest in people”
    • Ecclesiastes 3 – you are beginning a season and we are all only hear for a season – let’s give it our best to God for the season (Bill Hybels)
  • planting Hillsong churches in many challenging cities around the world
    • Goal of: “Building influential churches that can impact culture”
    • building churches in various places and being themselves
    • put the right person in the right place at the right time and God does great things
  • movie about “Hillsong United” and their latest album which will be released in the near future
  • an anointing on his life that he helps people know that God can do great things – a Faith anointing
    • loves what he does
    • loves the Lord
    • loves people
    • keep getting up and keep showing up and God will do great things
  • longevity is the greatest strength that anyone can have for God
  • Music and leadership have a very interesting juxtoposition
    • leaders who carry the biggest pressure have the closest affinity to the power of music
    • many strong leaders need to listen to music for strength
    • people in evaluative position have a hunger in their soul for things like music
    • in a time of pressure listen to the same song over and over
  • “Leaders see what other people can’t see yet…these unique pressures often lead to fear.” (Bill Hybels)
  • There is no other name than the name of Jesus – we can trust in God’s word and His promises – they are beautiful and unchangeable
  • songs have a huge potential to bring healing to people
  • anointed music is often created in pain]
  • song “I’m no longer a slave to fear”
  • Psalm 68 “I will be a father to the fatherless”
  • song “you are a good, good Father”
  • song “oceans”
    • “so much of leadership is water walking”
    • “leaders are almost always out of sight of land” (Bill Hybels)
  • “leaders, you cannot do this journey without help from God” (Bill Hybels)
  • “It is our job to stay connected to the God who can help us do great things” (Bill Hybels)
  • we can cheer each other on through the power and blessing of music" (Bill Hybels)
  • song “through it all my eyes are on you…it is well” “It is well with my soul”

Session 5b Sheila Heen

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 5b
Sheila Heen
Thanks for the Feedback

  • Feedback comes in many different forms
  • “Feedback is my relationship with the world and the world’s relationship with me”
  • feedback is one of the toughest conversations that happens in all organizations
  • people all of the world struggle with feedback conversations
  • these conversations drive organizational learning, employee engagement, and cross-functional collaboration
  • in any exchange between giver and receiver, the receiver is in charge because they can choose what they want to receive
  • what might it look like to teach receivers how to receive feedback, even poorly delivered feedback
  • 2 human needs
    • the need to learn and grow (this is energizing) “feedback should be joyful”
    • the need to be accepted or respected or loved the way we are now
  • types of feedback (we need all three)
    • A ppreciation being noticed by others which gives motivation
    • C oaching anything that helps you grow, learn, get better (as you get more senior you have a tougher time receiving coaching)
    • E valuation rating and ranking
  • 93% of American workers feel under-appreciated at work
  • evaluation and coaching get tangled together which removes the effectiveness of the coaching
  • even when we hear coaching we don’t always take it
    • it was wrong
    • we don’t trust them
    • being too stubborn
    • being too young
    • many others reasons…
  • boundaries are important “if you can’s say no then your yes’ are freely given”
    • we decide too fast (when feedback comes in we look for what is wrong and can always find something wrong)
  • 3 trigger reactions to feedback
    • truth triggers: is it true, good, accurate
    • relationship triggers: who is giving the feedback
    • identity triggers: the story you tell yourself about who you are and your wiring
  • skills to receiving feedback
    • (1) not deciding if the feedback is right or wrong and, rather, think about what the giver means
    • (2) See yourself clearly and accurately (everyone has blind spots)
      • facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, patterns of behavior, impact on others
      • talk to your friends for help: (1) supportive mirror to encourage around what is wrong with the feedback (2) honest mirror to find out what might be right with the feedback
  • when leaders become better receivers
    • receive more feedback
    • become a role model
    • automatically become a better giver
  • become a better giver
    • don’t ask people for feedback in a general way
    • “one thing” pick one person who matters in my life and ask:
      • What’s one thing you particularly appreciate?
      • What’s one thing you see me doing – or failing to do – that you think I should change (or is getting in the way?
  • “We need each other to see our own limitations and where to grow next”
  • “Feedback accelerates your personal, professional, and spiritual growth”

Session 5a Horst Schulze

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 5a
Horst Schulze
Creating World Class Service

  • “Ladies & Gentleman serving Ladies & Gentleman” background
    • started working in a world class hotel at age of 14
    • observed a mater Dei who came to work to be excellent in his profession and caring for the people around him
  • A great business
    • (1) keep the customer (dissatisfied – terrorists against company, satisfied – neutral customers willing to move somewhere else, loyal customers – fight for them)
    • (2) find new customers
    • (3) get value from customers
    • (4) work on efficiencies
  • Customer loyalty
    • your customer/guest trusts you, you have developed trust
    • giving the customer what they want is how to develop trust
    • all want three things
      • the product needs to be defect free
      • timeliness – super important and be super attentive to this
      • the people who give it to you need to be nice to you
    • this is the same in all businesses
    • being nice to the customer is the most important thing
  • Service – begins the instant you make contact (the first 10 seconds) – essential
    • Welcome within 12 feet you need to say welcome or greet someone by showing care in the eyes
    • Comply to what a guest wants from you by caring for their needs
    • say farewell
  • caring is the thing you remember
  • good service over time results in customer loyalty
  • personalized/individualized service results in customer loyalty
  • Why do we go to work? Create and be excellent – serve employees by demanding and leading to excellence
  • our role, as leaders, is to demand excellence and caring
    • carefully select possible candidates with a process that looks for caring
    • orientation that includes letting everyone know that no one can claim they are better than anyone else…every person and their positions are important..let people know how they benefit from what they do
      • we are leaders. We have forfeited the right to make excuses
      • is the direction and destination good for all concerned. If you can say no in one case, don’t do it.
      • say who you are as an organization, invite them into the dream of the organization and purpose, it is immoral to higher people just for a function.
      • the key product that we deliver and that is being produced is service to human beings. respect to human beings
      • “if it is important we need to repeat it”
      • “if you receive a complaint you then own it”
      • 24 point credo/canon
    • sustaining “come to work to be part of a purpose” “service is caring from the heart”

Session 4b Albert Tate

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 4b
Albert Tate
Leading with Leftovers

  • it is time to challenge the idea that we leave it all on the field of our work
  • how do you lead and still have something left?
  • let’s live for a beautiful eulogy rather than an accomplished resume
  • John 6: looking at how Jesus leads with leftovers
    • John 6:5 the moments Jesus asks dumb questions – he wants us to see the logic and do the math of the situation to understand the miracle when on the other side – I can’t do it in my own power
      • the dumb question leads to a dumb idea in a boy with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread
      • the power of a dumb idea
        • as leaders, leave room for dumb ideas so God can transform the lives of people
        • “You never know when God is going to put his hand on a dumb idea and bring transforming power.”
        • “Don’t underestimate the power of a dumb idea.”
        • do you celebrate dumb ideas?
    • Jesus does the miracle with what we bring – like the lunch the boy brings
      • “What does it mean to pack our lunch?”
    • The boy brings his lunch and moves out of the way
      • bring what we have, give it to Jesus, and get out of the way
      • often we bring what we have to Jesus and try to give him instructions
      • this is a time to discover the awe and wonder of God
      • when was the last time you were blown away with what God did in your church, home, community, or company?
      • Where in your business or leadership to you need to get out of the way?
    • They were full & they had leftovers
      • “What would it mean at the end of the day if you had something left?”
      • we are not limited if we surrender to our Almighty God
      • it is not about our name being great, it is about giving glory to the name of God
      • “We don’t have to live outside the promise of God in the scarcity of this world.”
      • There is power, hope, joy, and peace in being with God
      • you aught to thank him and give him praise
      • The work is not about your name, it is about his name. It is not about your power, it is about His power.

Session 4a Sallie Krawcheck

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 4a
Sallie Krawcheck
Leadership and Ethics on Wall Street

  • retirement savings gap/crisis
  • there is a solution that is a benefit to many
  • the retirement savings gap is a problem for women
  • there is real power in the intersection of women and money
  • diverse teams outperform other teams
  • diversity has the potential to improve ethics in business and wall street
  • the number one reason why women accept a job is meaning and purpose
  • thinking about the client first (relational focus) typically comes from females
  • this different way of thinking has value
  • diverse teams make more effective decisions (not quicker decisions)
  • diversity is hard
  • the research shows we like powerful men and not powerful women
  • the courageous conversation is to notice times when we are discriminating
  • 5 thoughts on how to grow diversity
    • (1) recognize that differences and disagreements are strengths
    • (2) to improve diversity we need to ask, “do we have the strongest team in place (with diversity)”
    • (3) really live our values…if you say you care about people it should show in your actions
    • (4) women are tired (hair and makeup types of things are specific to women)
    • (5) watch the micro lessons…make sure feedback is given to women in the same way as men
  • “work every day as if your children are watching you.” (They are)
  • have gratitude