Boss in the middle misses the mark at home. Prayer challenge day 1 wrap-up.

IMG_0427So, technically I passed my challenge.  Pray for ten minutes at the beginning of the day and see what happens.  I wrote a post afterwards, which you can read on my website.  Quick summary of the post, God answered my prayer right away and told me to make sure to mind my behavior today because I haven’t had much sleep.  I decided to stay quiet and just get through the day.  I could do that!  I was so proud of myself.  I figured, today is gonna be easy!  Little did I know, that was only the beginning.

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Millennials. Listen to your elders.

IMG_0420Organizations have begun to flatten the hierarchy of leadership. Instead of clearly defined structures with team leaders and project managers, people are being placed on teams with common goals and overall objectives. Sometimes, there are no official “titles” when working on a group project. A first year employee may have a better idea than a senior manager with 20 years in the business. This can actually work to “over-empower” a younger employee, causing cockiness. As millennials enter the workforce, this situation can cause a rift with the older generations. Not because the ideas are different, new or better. At times, some millennials can come off as dismissive towards older generations. Some feel entitled to the same pay as a senior member whose been doing it for 20 years, because their title is the same. Right or wrong, they have been labeled as the “instant gratification generation”. They want it now and it’s not fair if they aren’t getting it. Raises, promotions, corner office, etc…. I will say this as a generation X’er, trained by baby boomers, who has 20+ years left in the tank. Slow your roll.

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Sometimes, you need to take a time-out.

IMG_0417During conflicts, a boss in the middle must know when to say “time-out”.  There’s a point when arguing your point (even if you’re right) only works to further aggravate the situation.  There are many other benefits to discontinuing an argument.

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The spiritual war continues… (Posting an update to this from March 2017)

IMG_0365I am still in the middle of a spiritual war. It can be very painful. I feel my soul being torn part. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 gave me peace and encouragement tonight. The verses enlightened me to the fact that, while in the midst of this struggle, I can change my thought pattern.

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Don’t apologize for doing you.

IMG_0413So, I took a break from blogging for a bit.  No reason.  Just took a break.  At first I felt a little guilty, like the people following me would be angry or unfollow me because I wasn’t writing every few days.  Like it’s all about me.  I was trying to figure out how to apologize, then I realized something…

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Did you remember to ask God?

img_0363God wants us to utilize His power, but sometimes we forget to ask him for it.  Why?  Maybe we think we can handle it.  Maybe we think God doesn’t care.  Maybe we’re afraid.  This list can go for awhile, so let’s get to the heart of this article.  Here are 5 reasons why we should remember to ask God about everything.

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What are you sharpening?

img_0347Proverbs 27:17 states that as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Sharpening others requires us to use our influence. With this influence comes great responsibility. We should always be aware of what we are sharpening.

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Teaching people how to think.

IMG_0335.PNGPeople make decisions every day. These decisions can be difficult, depending on different internal and external factors. These factors can quickly turn a normal task, into an abnormal task. Failure to make the right choice in key situations can lead to undesirable outcomes.

As leaders, we can’t be with our people 24/7. It’s impossible to train for every scenario. Instead of focusing on detailed and specific solutions, a broader approach needs to be taken.  We have to teach people how to think.

We have to develop within our teams the specific skill of utilizing objective analysis in order to solve problems.

Read on for some ways that will help you teach people how to think.

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The Boss is still talking…

img_0327Ever have a boss that was a great story teller and really seemed like they cared about their people? This person says all the right things, is the center of attention and seems “bigger than life”. They are often the loudest ones in the room and have everyone’s ear. Is this person also a bad leader? Worse yet, are they a bad leader who doesn’t know it? I’ve seen this before. Being a leader is more than having an outgoing personality. It’s the ability to influence people and groups towards expected ends. Read on about true leadership.

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Leaders must say no when necessary.

img_0300A new leader might think, “It would be great if I could give my team everything they desire.” Higher compensation, benefits, resources, information, the list goes on. But a good leader understands, not only is that impossible, it could also be detrimental. Continue reading for 5 reasons why saying “no”, when required, is important.

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