Archives For March 2014

dis-agreeI recently had this conversation with a faith leader of a large organization. I thought I’d share it with you, because this is an issue lots of faith leaders struggle with: How do you deal with voices of resistance within your own staff?

“I think it’s time I laid down the law!” he said. “All these complainers spouting their objections are just slowing us down. I can’t lead by consensus. We’ll never get anywhere that way.”

“What do you mean by ‘laying down the law’? I asked. “What would that look like?”

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coachingOne of the essential skills leaders often struggle with is how to give effective feedback to team members ~ and by “effective,” I mean feedback that…

  • accurately reflects the good and bad of a team member’s performance,
  • identifies specific ways they can improve,
  • inspires them to do better, and
  • doesn’t shut them down or leave them so deflated they just give up.

I believe there are 10 essential steps to giving great feedback. (I know, 10 sounds like a lot! But if giving great feedback were easy, everybody would already be doing it, right?). Here goes:

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“Against the flesh, the traitor within, a warrior uses discipline. We have a two-dimensional version of this now, which we call a ‘quiet time.’ But most [people] have a hard time sustaining any sort of devotional life because it has no vital connection to recovering and protecting their strength; it feels about as important as flossing.

“But if you saw your life as a great battle and you knew you needed time with God for your very survival, you would do it.” ~ John Eldredge

I’ve been doing a quiet time* pretty much every day since I was 16. I’ve got stacks as tall as I am of journals and Bible study notebooks I have filled. The Bibles I’ve used over the years each look like a graffiti war zone of ink colors and highlighters and notes in the margins. I’ve got a bookcase full of study tools (now made irrelevant by the internet), and files full of study methods, prayer methods, journal methods. I’m all about the methods. I’ve even published books on methods for studying specific parts of the Bible.

For the most part, this daily practice has been good for me. As far as it goes.

But it doesn’t go far enough. In fact, it never really has.

This is especially true if you’re a faith leader.

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