Stop wasting your time with perfectly formatted Microsoft Publisher newsletters that will likely never be read by anyone except your most devoted fans anyway.
Start answering this question with a story
A story that is;
Aware of the audience and setting
Below is a chart that explains (what I believe to be) the most important shift in leadership.
Some would say that the right side of the chart is how to lead millenials. I agree that it is how to lead millenials but I think all generations benefit from this style of leadership.
More specifically I am leery when someone says they have learned something.
This is one of the (many) things that 12 step programs got right. No one is a recovered alcoholic they are forever a recovering alcoholic.
Scripture talks about “Being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory.” We are being transformed. It is a process and that is okay.
When you hold unmotivated people accountable you enable them to continue to be unmotivated.
When hold highly motivated people accountable your squelch them and frustrate them.
Neither option is good in the long run.
Resist the temptation to play a role that an algorithm is better at than you anyway.
We experience a daily barrage of people and events that try to define us. Some identities we like and some we don’t but either way you are more than those identities.
We must steadfastly and doggedly reject other identities.
We must relentlessly remind each other of our true identity as God’s beloved.
People who are hurting are the most likely to be hurtful.
I never did find out what the story was behind my neighbors dislike of teenagers. I didn’t need to. My heart toward them changed as soon as I was willing to recognize that there must be something that is causing them deep hurt about teenagers which is causing them to act this way.
What is my contribution to the very thing I am complaining about? (This question comes from the Answer to How is Yes by Peter Block) At first this appears to be a question that increases the burden on the person asking the question, but in reality it may the be the most freeing lens to […]
There are days I want to quit Young Life, but those days have been rare in almost 10 years on staff. Inevitably these times come out of being overwhelmed with the brokenness kids deal with. It never takes more than a day to realize that ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. I don’t want […]
“I am going to rap” This sent me into a panic. Matt and I were at a Young Life fall camp trip and they had just asked kids to sign up to be in the talent show. Matt has Down’s Syndrome and it is difficult to understand him when he talks, not to mention raps […]
The first thing my mom does when she paints a room is puts paint on the wall. She doesn’t tape edges or move furniture or lay down tarp. She just starts painting. It may take two days to get the whole room done but you see progress immediately. My mother-in-law doesn’t put paint on the […]
Educators work with students based on learning levels. I am going to butcher these numbers but my understanding is that when a child is learning to read they should be choosing books that they can read 85%-93% of the words on a page. Anything below 85% is frustration level. They aren’t really learning anything when […]
There is a story of a woman in the bible who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had been to every doctor in town and spent all that she had but instead of getting better she got worse. Who could blame her for going to every doctor in town to try to get better? […]
People live into the story you tell them. If you tell others that they are worthy of being trusted they will live into that story and they will be trustworthy. If your actions communicate to people that they are not worthy of being trusted they will live into that story too. When people know that […]
When I was growing up I taped this quote above my bed so I would see it everyday when I woke up in hopes that it would motivate me to work hard that day: When I was first on Young Life staff and was riddled with anxiety about my ‘success’ as a staff person I […]