Do you see yourself as a manager or leader?

There have been multiple books and articles on the topic of management and leadership which especially deal with the difference between them.  It seems to me that people are desperate to be known as leaders rather than managers and I think this can be true in YWAM too.  I hardly even hear the word, ‘manager’ in our mission – perhaps it even has a negative connotation?  Do you know of a manager of a base Read more about Do you see yourself as a manager or leader?[…]

How do we incorporate a developmental bias in our leadership?

YWAM is a grassroots ministry where there are few formulas and no policy manuals. Everything is really based on understanding the values.  So, when you pioneer a new work, you can go and look at what others are doing, find out what they have learned then design a ministry based upon the good practices and policies that you hear about.  However, the general rule has been ‘pray, and do what the Lord tells you!’ A Read more about How do we incorporate a developmental bias in our leadership?[…]

Are you engaging in ‘caring connections’?

I have a challenge for you this month that I believe will inspire you and make a measurable difference in your life.  It will only take an hour/month and a little initiative to get it going.  OK – here it is: Start a group of 3 or 4 people that you connect with and who are willing to meet for an hour each month to have ‘conversations on purpose’.  This can be in person or Read more about Are you engaging in ‘caring connections’?[…]

Are we in danger of causing Jesus to sigh?

In Mark 8, Jesus is talking with the pharisees or rather they are arguing with him and putting him to the test.  They are looking for a sign from heaven to prove his authority in what he is declaring as truth.  In response Jesus breathes a deep sigh and leaves without giving them any specific sign that they are looking for. What a sad verse. I wonder sometimes, if we are causing Jesus to have Read more about Are we in danger of causing Jesus to sigh?[…]

How do you give your very best strawberries?

I read a short quote from our SacredSpace morning devotion a couple of weeks ago that hasn’t left me. I share it with you here: In an essay about the crushing loss of a friendship novelist Jacqueline Mitchard crafted a brilliant phrase. To describe how she had neglected other relationships during the ill-fated friendship, Mitchard wrote that she had given the ‘very best strawberries’ of her personal life only to that one particular friend. I Read more about How do you give your very best strawberries?[…]

Can you read the room?

I loved the title in one of Dan Reiland’s posts – ‘If you can’t read the room, you can’t lead the room.’  Our lives are full of relationships with others and with meetings of one kind and another and whether we are talking with our wives, our kids, teaching a group of students or having a conversation with someone, it is vital that we learn to read the room. Generally, the more relational you are, Read more about Can you read the room?[…]

110. How do you give and receive feedback?

What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘feedback’?  When was the last time you can remember receiving feedback where your response was, ‘that was very helpful’? And when was the last time you were affirmed by someone who was receiving feedback from you?  For many of us, we have to think very hard and long! Definition: Feedback is information about reactions or response to a product or programme, a person’s performance of Read more about 110. How do you give and receive feedback?[…]

109. Do you have conversations on purpose?

There are all kinds of statistics given how women talk three times as much as men but actually there is nothing substantial to back them up.  The reality is that men & women probably talk as much as each other if they are extrovert and if they are introvert, they don’t talk as much!     Talking as an introvert, I am aware that I am economical with my words!  But my greatest desire is for Read more about 109. Do you have conversations on purpose?[…]

105. How do you spot leadership potential?

The bible suggests that the state of a nation is influenced strongly by the leaders it puts in place.  When Israel installed a good king, the nation was prosperous and flourished.  When a bad king took over, the nation went downhill. We see the results of good and bad leaders in our families, teams, bases and ministries right across the world.  I know that you can’t just accept the results of surveys, but there does Read more about 105. How do you spot leadership potential?[…]

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102. Is your leadership characterised by mercy and peace?

      Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men! Luke 2:14 Have salt among yourselves and be at peace with each other.” Mark 9:50 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  John 14:27 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Mathew 5:7, 9 Have mercy on us, Son of David!” Read more about 102. Is your leadership characterised by mercy and peace?[…]

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