Weekly Planning| Defining the 6 most important focuses to implementing the vision

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After we start with vision, the next step before we do anything else is to remind ourselves of the 6 most important focuses we need to give our attention, energy and calendar to in the next two months to fulfill the vision.  If we don’t move from vision to our six focuses (6 focuses x 6 weeks), we will likely give our attention to what is urgent without discerning how to implement into the week what we have identified as essential in the community/ministry development.  

 

Our 6×6 may look like a variety of different themes, but the key is they MUST BE THE 6 MOST SIGNIFICANT HINGS YOU MUST DO TO FULFILL THE VISION.

Here are some example 6×6 Focuses|  They may be personal or relate to a team/organization

  • Develop leadership team
  • Spend time on leadership team
  • Promote camps
  • Identify 2-3 people to mentor
  • Communicate with more clarity by preparing better
  • Spend more time listening and understanding others before I speak
  • Communicate with leaders every Tuesday

Everyone’s 6×6’s will look differently, but the key is they most be the most important focuses that will help fulfill the vision.  Otherwise, your vision and your weekly schedule will be out of sync.  If you pray, reflect and seek God to identify the vision he has for you and if you pray, reflect and seek God as you plan your week, you can rest that these 6 things need to be prioritized.  

Once you have identified those 6 things, they must be included in your prayer life and also your calendar must be clearly integrated with them.  Its not enough to identify the 6 things you must do in the next 6 weeks.  Without discipline to put them in your rhythm of life/schedule, you will not get traction.  Once you complete one of the 6 don’t add to it until you fulfill at least 3 of the 6 you started with, otherwise you might not finish the original six in the time you need to. Get clarity around the 6 and then give yourself to them with confidence because you reminded yourself of the vision and have sought God’s direction in the process.

(I have renamed them 6×8 to keep it simple so it pops up every 2 months.  Here is Bill Hybels talking about a leader planning their time around their 6×6)

 

I have created a tool to help you thrive as a ministry leader.  If you already have a system that helps you start with vision, then keep working it and filling yourself with the WHY before you do anything else.  If you don’t have a tool click on the link below.  The tool is $2. If you like the tool please pass the link on to other leaders who might benefit.  If you know a missionary or a church leader internationally or a leader who can’t afford any resources, then pass on the link and also this pass-code that will make it free to them.

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Keys to being an Effective Communicator as a Ministry Leader| Conviction

Being an effective communicator is hard work for most us. Its hard in the weekly grind to remember how important our 1v1 and large group communication opportunities are. God uses these moments to bring hope, healing and life transformation to others. Our words can be used to tear down, or they can be used to build up. I know you want to use your words to build because you are reading this to grow as a communicator. This will be a three part blog post on 3 Keys to Effective Communication.

To communicate effectively, it all starts with conviction. A leader must believe in what they are saying to lead others. We can’t simply go through the motions or say what we are expected to say by others.

Until you know why what you are suppose to communicate matters and really believe it can be used by God to encourage, challenge and build up the hearers, you aren’t ready to communicate. When we have conviction we passionately believe something and speak from the center of who we are. As ministry leaders, we must lead from the center of our soul so that we are communicating the reality of the resurrection by our presence.

Some may interpret conviction to mean yelling or animated and might accidentally come across as angry if they aren’t careful. Conviction shows up differently because of our different personalities, but it means that the hearers sense life being given to them in your words. They feel the importance and lean in, wanting to hear more because someone has wrestled enough with the text of God’s Word and the reality of our human condition to be able to speak into their life in a meaningful way.

Someone else has said you can have truth on ice or you can have truth on fire.

  • Do your hearers sense that you really believe what you are saying?
  • Do your hearers feel resurrection hope after being under your teaching?

Its not just the content that matters. The content is significant and our starting point. But we must work hard to have great (and faithful) content and conviction in the manner in which we communicate that content in a compelling way.

Both the content we communicate and the manner in which we communicate tell others listening something about who God is. Typically we think just the content communicates something about God. Make sure your content and presence in your delivery match up, so you aren’t sending mixed signals. Thankfully, we know our best is never good enough and God takes our weakness and uses it for his glory and others’ good. But that isn’t an excuse to not prepare or not value the hearers by giving your best. God uses us and never tells us to slouch, instead he calls and empowers us to our potential in Jesus. He has given you gifts and influence opportunities, grab onto them. Conviction starts by giving your best to understand and grasp the life-changing truths of God’s word. Then that conviction inspires those who are hearing when we embody the message as we teach.

We start with conviction, but we must get clarity or we will likely say many true things, but not with the laser focus needed. That is post #2. Look for it later this week.

Feeling Overwhelmed? One solution is to Delegate better

At a recent staff meeting we focused on the developing the skill of delegation.  I wanted to share the helpful thoughts from the time below.

 

5 Thoughts on Delegation by Mike Hansen

  1. Acknowledge your limits
  2. Determine Priorities
  3. Train Other Leaders
  4. Keep your ego out of the way 
  5. Accept responsibility

 

How to Become a Great Delegator (discussion around table)

  • Know the vision
  • Model what you expect of others
  • Ask what can I delegate?
  • Give Clear Expectations 
  • Create planned feedback loops
  • Know when to let someone fail for their good/learning proces
  • Remember its all about people.  Don’t become so focused on the task that you forget its about people

Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership

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I stumbled onto a great little book that should likely be read by every leader.  The authors’ argument is that every leader has a potential dark side to their leadership DNA, and some leaders overcome this by recognizing and embracing it, while other leaders succumb to their dark side and either quit or are removed because of their failure. 

One of the most helpful ideas I found in the book dealt with the leaders motivation.  The authors rightly identify an alarming reality.  The drive in most leaders that gets them into organizational or influential leadership roles, is normally influenced in part by their dark side.  Unfortunately, this same dark side that helps fuel leaders into high leadership roles then works to subvert them as these leaders experience the obstacles, pressures and challenges of leadership.  Such a good insight.  Every leader needs to be aware of this concept and explore key questions like:

  • What is driving my passion?
  • What is driving the way I treat people?
  • Am I able to rest and enjoy life, or am I consumed by my role?
  • How did my family of origin shape me?
  • What needs in my life have not been met and how am I seeking to satisfy them?
  • In what subtle ways do I seek to control instead of trust others?
  • What is the dark side of my leadership?

Qualities of a Coaching Leader

A coaching leader is a different kind of leader from the average.  A coaching leader understands that the primary way to bring health and lift everyone on your team to their to the their fullest potential is through coaching.  Here is quality #1 of a coaching leader.

1. Clarity on the what, why and how

Before you can coach others on your team to their fullest potential, you must know the vision and strategy of your organization.  If you are going to help your team reach their higher level of themselves and also the organization, you need to know where you are going.  Without clarity, you will be unable to help your team member find clarity for themselves.