Developing yourself begins by serving, by striving towards an idea outside of yourself – not by leading. Leaders are not born, nor are they made – they are self-made
To do this, a person needs focus. Michael Kami, our leading authority on business strategy today, draws a square on the blackboard and asks: “Tell me what to put in there. Jesus? Or money? I can help you develop a strategy for either one, but you have to decide which is the master.”
I do it by asking people what they want to be remembered for – that’s “The beginning of adulthood” according to St. Augustine. The answer changes as we mature – as it should. But unless that question is asked, a person works without focus, without direction and, as a result, does not develop.
We read to know that we are not alone.
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?