Allow me a few moments on my soap box. There are few things frustrate me more than people who use the christian community not as a means of grace but as a tool to advance their cause and to build a platform to themselves. This worked really well for Haman but I digress.
Looking for a great tool to help you develop those you lead. Develop.me looks like just the thing for you. I was really excited when I realized that the development strategy was goal based and not numbers driven. Helping your team meet their goals both professional and personal will go a long way in creating trust and building a stronger team.
Here is the best part its free. I love the passion and the vision the people at Lifechurch have. Their passion to for excellence within their church but also beyond their church is tangible. I have met a few lifechurch staff and am always blown away by their continued passion to learn and grow.
If you lead a team or are part of a team you definitely need to check out Develop.me
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Rereading “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker the thing that I keep coming back to is what he says about the difference between manual workers and knowledge workers.
Drucker says manual workers are concerned with being efficient, knowledge workers must be consumed with being effective.
The one thing that will make me a more effective leader is asking myself “Am I being efficient or am I being effective.”
Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
Effectiveness is a byproduct of doing the right things.
As a boss am I asking for effectiveness and rewarding efficiency?As a parent am I efficient with my time more than effective with my convictions?
As a husband do I effectively listen to my wife or efficiently listen?
As a follower of Christ am I efficient in my love of others or am I effective?
“If a child is engaged by a story nothing else competes” – Sally Lloyd-Jones
Stories are powerful we forget this, Jesus did not but we do. We get distracted by the shiny things that are intended to enhance stories not replace them. I know for me as someone who is a lover of technology and is an early adopter. Nothing replaces a good story. Never forget that. No icon, no game, no app replaces a story.
I recently read a book called the “Global Achievement Gap” by Tony Wagner he mentioned the 7 skills every kid needs to learn to be successful. It was an incredible read. Tony is very insightful, and his ideas very thought-provoking. What’s incredible is that many of them are not being produced by our current educational environments. This post is not about the evils of common core though I am not a big fan. As a parent, it is easy to feel powerless and frustrated by the fact we can not control the outcome of our kids.