- Don’t let the world tell you who you are. Don’t settle, rise!
- Everyone is born an original. Sadly, most die copies. ~Abe Lincoln
- Your attitude about the world says nothing about the world, it speaks to your character.
- We need to be the change we want to see in the world
- We can talk about the world all we want, we can focus on the evil and put the blame on others; but change starts with one. We can be the one.
Believe in a future by creating it first
- You cannot ride one business model through your career. You will have to reinvent yourself 3-5 times during your career.
- If you cannot predict the future, create it!
- Stop worrying about what you want to do and decide what you need to do next.
- Know what you want, do what you can do now, be alert to what you are getting, take steps with the means that you have, bring other people with you, remain flexible.
5 Questions to answer:
1. What is your leadership challenge at work?
- Under challenged, Appropriately challenged, Dangerously over challenged
- At what level do you do your best work? Just a little above the appropriately challenged level.
Knowing that leaders do there best work just above the appropriately challenged level:
- If you are under challenged, do what you have to do to bring yourself up
- If you are dangerously over challenged, you have to do something quickly to fix that
What is the challenge level of your associates?
- Good leaders will leave if they are under challenged
What is the challenge level of the organization?
2. What is your plan for dealing with challenging people in your organization?
- If you lost 50% of your revenue, who would you keep/say goodbye to?
The key to an organizations future is their ability to attract and keep fantastic people. The same is true on the other end of the spectrum; an organizations future also depends on letting people go that need to be let go.
- How long do you let someone with a bad attitude remain? 30 days max, it is addressed as soon as you see a pattern develop
- How long do you keep someone who is under performing? 3 months. Put on a performance plan and address as soon as you see the pattern develop
- How long do you allow someone to remain when the organization outgrows that leaders capacity? These are tough calls to make. This almost always leads to heartbreak. 6-12 months are given to develop or redeploy. If they have to leave, you should honor them for their service and give them a generous severance.
If you don’t deal with people that have a bad attitude, you will discourage and defeat your fantastic people. You have to deal with challenging people quickly.
Challenging people, deep down, are not happy people. When you have these tough conversations many times they will come back and thank you later.
3. Are you naming, facing and resolving the problems that exist in your organization?
- Real leaders face and resolve the problems. It builds trust in the organization.
Ideas and programs will only last so long. Everything has a life cycle. The things that are booming and that have momentum now will eventually decorate and tank, becoming a problem that will need to be faced. They key is to reinvent before something tanks.
4. When is the last time you re-examined the core of what your organization is all about?
- Great leaders ask are we all about?
- The Bible is clear, the church is in the life-changing business.
5. Have you had your leadership bell rung recently?
- Leaders rarely learn anything new without having their world rocked or their bell rung.
- It is easier to make excuses than to create solutions to move your organization from here to there.
- Keep moving things forward. The way you end is the way you are remembered.
It has been quite some time since I wrote about Josiah’s progress. God continues to do great and mighty things through Josiah’s recovery. I still will weep and just stand in awe as I look at Josiah and see him now compared to what I saw the first night at the hospital. Maybe I am a wimp for being so emotional about it, but I am humbled and in awe of not only how God made the body to heal, but also in how God chose to spare Josiah’s life and heal him.
Medically speaking, he is doing great. We had our last visit to Ann Arbor last week. They said that his facial nerves will continue to heal and they really do not think he needs to come back. We visit Mary Free Bed next month, and hopefully he will be released there as well!
He graduated and started back at his job all in the same week of June. He just recently got his full-time work schedule back too! We have filled out all of his paperwork for college and are shooting for attending Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo this January. He has a drive and passion for youth, and will be pursuing that in school.
We are in the process of getting drivers rehab started so that he can drive again. He is SO anxious to get a car and start driving again. More anxious than I am for him to drive, that is for sure!
Once again, I would have never chosen this path for our family, but the last 8 months have been a time of growth, humility and a display of God’s grace that I would not want any of us to have missed. Josiah will carry the marks of God’s grace the rest of his life through the scars that are left on his body. I pray they will remind him daily that God loves him and has a great plan and purpose for his life. God has a plan and a purpose for all of us. You may feel insignificant, unloved or without direction, but God, by His love, mercy and grace does have a purpose for you. Seek Him and you will find all you are looking for.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – God told me, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”
22 years! That seemed so far away the day that we said “I do.” But here it is, 22 years later and it seems like we are just getting started on the best days of our lives. She constantly makes me smile. She makes me a better man. I love you Jennifer!
Proverbs 5:18 “…may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.”