Leveraged Lives in Canada

We’ve been talking about LEVERAGE for the past number of weeks, and have looked at many different sides of it.

Today in this post I want to talk about how one couple used LEVERAGE to create a Kingdom Impact.

IMG_6366Paul & Linda are great friends of ours from Canada. They own and operate a car dealership, and have been involved in their community and in a number of organizations over the years. They are just great people who care for others, are generous with their time and their resources, and they always ask if they can do more.

A number of years ago, Paul and Linda offered to help establish an Extreme Response registered charity in Canada to help promote the work of ER and partner with us in special projects around the world.

Now, let’s talk about LEVERAGE:

*Paul and Linda continue to operate their business. They sell cars and provide service to people, this site’s leasing tool helps their clients pick their vehicle. They have built an outstanding reputation of honesty, integrity, and service. Their business practices reflect their values and people buy from them because they know they can be trusted.

*Paul and Linda continue to be involved in their community and in other non-profit organizations. Whether it’s the local hospital or serving on the board of a global mission, they partner together to serve.

*Extreme Response Canada was established, and together they have built a charity that is making an impact around the world. They raise funds, mobilize people, tell the stories and encourage partners. Along with their ER Canada Board, they have experienced consistent growth over the years, all making a consistent impact.

Paul and Linda haven’t stopped doing anything, they have just figured out how to do more, how to balance their time, how to leverage their energy and resources, how to empower others around them to step up and step in.

But the biggest thing they have leveraged has been their lives. Not only do they serve the staff, partners and ER family around the world, but they have invested their lives in relationship. They have visited, they have served, they have helped set vision, they have coached, they have explored, they have listened, they have come alongside so many of us (I speak for many) and just helped us to do better.

Their true leverage has been in taking the time, talent and treasure that God has given them, and multiplying it in and through people around the globe.

There’s no way to adequately measure their impact. We know it’s there because of the countless people who have been impacted by Paul and Linda, and the organization that will never be the same because of their part.

Leverage isn’t a magic formula.

Leverage is taking what you’ve been given, and being good stewards of that to pursue a greater call, a greater impact, a greater purpose.

I’ve had the joy of walking with Paul and Linda for many years and I am inspired by them, encouraged by them, and amazed at their faithfulness.  I see the imprints of their lives everywhere I go. They have made a difference.

I’m challenged with the question, “How am I leveraging the things I’ve been entrusted with for greater Kingdom impact?”

All I have to do is read the story of Paul & Linda’s lives, and I can find some great ideas and an incredible example.

What about you?

 

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Leverage Your Life: Live Healthier

imagesIn Tom Rath’s book, “Eat, Move, Sleep” (©2013 Tom Rath), he challenges us from his personal experience to realize that our health affects our impact.  Our health, and how we take care of our bodies, has a direct connection to our productivity.  To purchase the book, “Eat, Move, Sleep” CLICK HERE

We’ve been talking about LEVERAGE, so this really does connect: We defined LEVERAGE as: “The power to influence a person or situation to achieve a particular outcome.”  This is so true when it comes to our bodies and our health.

Rath shares, “Choices count. You can make decisions today that will give you more energy tomorrow. The right choices over time greatly improve your odds of a long and healthy life. No matter how healthy you are today, you can take specific actions to have more energy and live longer or even look better, even for people that suffered accidents with the help of reconstructive surgery with specialists in this field. Regardless of your age, you can make better choices in the moment. Small decisions – about how you eat, move, and sleep each day – count more than you think. As I have learned from personal experience, these choices shape your life.”

Rath provides a very simple 30-Day Challenge that you can access from his website:  CLICK HERE

I want to challenge you in joining me to look at how you are “Eating, Moving and Sleeping”.  Leverage your body to greater impact.

This morning, one of my favorite bloggers posted an article entitled “3 Surprising Reasons Every Entrepreneur Needs Regular Exercise”.

He shares 3 simple things:

#1) Exercise Hones Your Competitive Edge

Exercise helps build the kind of character traits that win in the marketplace.

#2) Exercise Empowers Work-Life Balance

Some people, especially high-achievers, will say that they just don’t have time to exercise, but exercise actually empowers better work-life balance.

#3) Exercise Improves Our Problem-Solving Abilities

There is a direct connection between exercise and problem-solving capabilities, creativity, and other executive functions like planning.

To read Michael Hyatt’s full post, CLICK HERE

What are you doing TODAY to apply the things these 2 leaders are challenging each of us with?

Leverage your health into greater effectiveness, impact and longevity.

And lets not forget about the importance of sleep, when we sleep, our bodies rest – conserving energy and decreasing blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and body temperature. At the same time, our brains remain active – laying down memory, restoring daytime mental functioning and carrying out processes that lead to physical growth. If you regularly aren’t getting enough sleep, your sleep loss adds up. The total sleep lost is called your sleep debt. For example, if you lose 2 hours of sleep each night, you’ll have a sleep debt of 14 hours after a week. It is also important to try to sleep comfortably, by this I mean a good mattress that wont hurt you back and that will help you fall asleep.
Start TODAY!

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Leverage: Diminisher or Multiplier?

imagesI’ve been asked over the past 3 weeks by different people from different parts of the world this question: How can I build my team with the right kind of people?

I’ve provided a wide variety of answers, ideas, suggestions and some of my own experience, that has great success stories as well as some glorious failures.

I’ve been reading a book over the past number of weeks by Liz Wiseman called, “Multipliers(©2010 Harper Business).

Today I have a different answer to my friends that have asked me about how to build their team because Wiseman defines LEVERAGE in a really simple way, so I wanted to share it with you, but I also encourage you to read the full book and get the whole perspective.

Wiseman defines leaders in 2 ways:  You are either a DIMINISHER or you’re a MULTIPLIER.

I’ll share her summary from page 23 of her book:

“The Diminisher is a micromanager.  The Multiplier is an investor”

THE DIMINISHER:

The Empire Builder – Hoards resources and underutilizes talent

The Tyrant – Creates a tense environment that suppresses people’s thinking and capability

The Know-It-All – Gives directives that showcase how much they know

The Decision Maker – Makes centralized abrupt decisions that confuse the organization

The Micro Manager – Drives results through their personal involvement

THE MULTIPLIER:

The Talent Magnet – Attracts talented people and uses them at their highest point of contribution

The Liberator – Creates an intense environment that requires people’s best thinking and work

The Challenger – Defines an opportunity that causes people to stretch

The Debate Maker – Drives sound decisions through rigorous debate

The Investor – Gives other people the ownership for results and invests in their success

 

Which style do you identify with most? Do you have a little of both in you? Do you want to grow in some areas?

Here’s the thought that’s really difficult for us as leaders:

Sometimes we feel that we just can’t find the RIGHT people to join our team, our vision, our cause.

The reality is that the more important question is: What kind of leader am I? What kind of people am I able to attract by the way I lead and invest in my team?

I’m convinced that if you become more of a MULTIPLIER, people will come. They will want to work with you. They will want to be a part of your vision. They will bring others with them.

If you operate as a DIMINISHER, you will have a hard time keeping your team. You’ll have a hard time motivating your team. You’ll have an impossible time attracting others to work with you.

Do some internal work before you begin looking externally for team members.

Figure out how to LEVERAGE your leadership and your team will grow.

And to my friends, asking the question: This is a great place to start!

 

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

0704_1936-olympicsLeveraging Your Team for Greater Impact

I’m a sucker for historical biographies. The one that’s got me hooked right now is a book called “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. It tells the inspiring story of nine students from the University of Washington who shocked the world by winning Olympic Gold for the U.S. against the mighty German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The Olympics were remembered most because of the runner Jesse Owens winning 4 gold medals, and in doing so, helping crush the Hitler myth of Aryan supremacy. But what was missed in history was the colossal upset of these nine lower middle class young men who had only been rowing together a few short months. The book emphasized the importance of “synchronization”, even over talent and experience. In a short amount of time these young men learned how to work together to accomplish the impossible. They learned the power of LEVERAGING TEAMWORK!

Our greatest impact comes when we learn how to “row in sync” with the people in our organization. When your team is giving maximum effort, connected by a common cause, “winning gold” will be the result! That will happen when the common cause MATTERS deeply to them.

Does your vision MATTER as deeply to the people you lead as it does to you? Would they “storm hell with a water pistol” because they care that deeply for the vision? When it MATTERS and when you can LEVERAGE that into TEAMWORK, you are going to strike “gold”!

As leaders, how do we help ensure that it MATTERS to the people we lead? May I suggest 3 “Matters” that Matter for Team Leverage

1. IT matters
Every organization has an “It”. It’s that one thing that fuels everything your organization does. It’s the reason you get up in the morning, it’s the thing you stay up at night dreaming about, it’s the reason you all are a team in the first place. The ’36 U.S. rowing team knew clearly what their “it” was… win the gold medal! How clear is your “it”? How often do you bring your team back to “it”? Could everyone on your team define and explain “it”? How creatively do you weave “it” into your team, week in and week out. “It” makes all the sacrifices worth “it”! “It” is the VISION worth living and dying for!

2. I matter
Even though there’s “no I in team”, a person needs to know they matter and play a pivotal role in the “it” of your organization. Tenaciously communicate care, affirm their accomplishments, and make sure they are in their “sweet spot”. One of the most important roles we can play as leaders, is to help people find their greatest strength and help them leverage it for the organization. Mark Miller in his book “Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game” says…

“When people are given the opportunity to do what they do best, you engage much more than their hands. When you allow people to contribute their unique gifts and ask them to work from a place of personal strength, you do much more than get work done- you honor them and their contribution.”

3. WE matter
This speaks of the  power of TEAMWORK. A big piece of this include the other 2 “Matters”. When your team gets and believes in “it” and clearly know their role and importance, you’re on your way to “gold”. But building teamwork is a continuous process. Again, Mark Miller has some great words for us in this regard (he uses the word “alignment” for teamwork)…

“…don’t assume alignment is something you can fix and walk away; it will be an ongoing challenge. Think of your organization as a car driving at high speeds down a bumpy, dirt road. The car will constantly be knocked out of alignment. Part of your never-ending role is to keep the organization aligned on what matters most. When your organization gets out of alignment, you lose energy, focus, momentum, and results.”

Partly inspired by “The Boys in the Boat”, I’m taking our leadership team kayaking/canoeing in a couple of weeks (who knows, maybe we have some gold medal winners). And as much as I like kayaking… kayaking isn’t the point. What is? Communicating that IT Matters, I Matter, & WE Matter! It’s not the cure to the challenges of leveraging teamwork but… it’s a step (or should I say, a “row”)!

What could you do this week to help your team “row in sync” toward organizational “gold”?

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Simple Goals

imagesWe’ve been talking about GOALS this month. The purpose is to help you understand the importance of creating goals in your life and in your work.

I’ve received some comments from people who are just overwhelmed by the work involved in creating SMART GOALS, which we highly recommend.  We’ve also talked about the fact that often we don’t create goals because we’re just afraid of failure.

Today I want to take a step back, and remind you that setting goals doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be really simple.

Here are 3 thoughts on SIMPLE GOALS:

#1) WRITE IT DOWN

For many of us, one of the hardest steps is taking a goal from our mind and putting it on paper. I want to encourage you to just “write it down”. Don’t worry about defining it at this point. Don’t worry about validating it at this point. Just write it down someplace and let it sit. The goal will begin to work itself out as you study it, think about it, put practical steps to it, but the first thing is to write it down.

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#2) CREATE SOME ACTION STEPS

For many of us, we may take the step of writing the goal down, then we do nothing with it. We may lose the paper, we may ignore it, we may fight it. The second thing we need to do is to create some simply action steps. What can we do that will help us achieve this goal. An example would be: I want to lose 10 pounds.  Action steps might be:  weigh myself today, determine where and when I will exercise, develop a menu plan, etc…    What are the first steps you need to take to even begin moving towards the goal.

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#3) KEEP IT IN FRONT OF YOU

For many of us, we need to be constantly reminded of what it is we’re trying to accomplish. I’m going to let John W. Richardson speak to this in a post on his blog, Personal Success Today. He’s got some great suggestions and a simple tool that will help you keep your goals in front of you. Read his post HERE.

 

Don’t make it too complicated. This tips can be used by kids, young people, new leaders and any professional.

If you haven’t taken that first step of creating some practical goals, try it today!

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The Goal

imagesYears ago, someone gave me the book, “The Goal”, by Eliyahu M. Goldratt & Jeff Cox.

I remember picking it up years ago, and thinking that it was a book about “Goal Setting”, only to be disappointed at first that it was a book that basically told the story of a crisis in manufacturing, and it worked through the process that Alex, the plant manager is facing, as he also faces a crisis in his marriage. I read the book, enjoyed it, and pulled some things out of it that have challenged me in my  leadership over the years.

I pulled the book out again a couple of weeks ago as I began thinking about some posts on Goal Setting and some Tip Sheets to help people create and set real goals.

In this book, one of the things they work through is the idea of the “Theory of Constraints”. The Theory of Constraints basically tells us that everything is vulnerable in leadership because there is always a “weak link” or a “bottleneck” in any process that keeps us from accomplishing what it is we set out to do.

The book works through this process and explains how this works.

Now, I want to come to the point of this post.

We’re talking about GOALS this month, and those of you that know me know that I speak often of the importance of  GOOD GOALS, of SMART GOALS, of ANY KIND OF GOALS. I simply believe that if we are able to create, manage and tackle goals, it will help us grow our organizations, it will help us grow as individual leaders, and it will increase our effectiveness and our impact.

I believe this. I’ve seen it work. I’ve experienced this, both in times of effective goal setting and in times of a complete lack of clear and practical goals.  I know that we’re better leaders when we have something to work towards.

For some of us, the reason we don’t accomplish our goals comes back to this “Theory of Constraint”. We have great intentions, we have great ideas, we even have great goals, but something keeps us from accomplishing them, and we’re just tired of failing at our goals, so we stop creating them.

Here are 5 things that might be keeping you from experiencing the effect of great goals in your life and work:

#1) SMART GOALS

Our goals aren’t good ones. The idea of SMART GOALS basically tells us that goals have to be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.  More on SMART GOALS…

#2) PRIORITIES

We have great intentions, but we let other things get in the way. We fight the “Tyranny of the Urgent”. We let good things crowd our lives and it keeps us from accomplishing GREAT things.

#3) FOCUS

We live in a world that is full of noise, opportunity, need and crisis. We haven’t learned how to focus on the most important things. This sounds like priorities, but it’s deeper than that… it’s the ability to stick with something when there are so many other things fighting for our attention.

#4) DECISION MAKING

Sometimes we’re afraid to make decisions because they might be wrong. We are paralyzed by fear that keeps us from doing anything. We would rather be “stuck” than make a wrong decision.

#5) INDEPENDENCE

We don’t accomplish our goals because we don’t ask for help when we need it. We think that good goals are ones that we can do on our own. We forget that we need other people sometimes. We forget that sometimes we CAN’T do it ourselves.

Are any of these things creating a bottleneck between you and the goals you have created and are hoping to accomplish? Figure out what’s keeping you from your goals, and fix it! Don’t allow one or all of these things keep you from greater success, greater accomplishment and greater impact.

Don’t give up on your GOALS!

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Get In The Ring: Embracing Healthy Conflict In Your Team

imgresAs Patrick Lencioni said in his book The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, “Fear of Conflict” is one of the things that can cripple a team.

I used to avoid conflict because it made me feel uncomfortable, over the last few years I have chosen to embrace it and have seen how it could be one the biggest blessings for a team.

An example from the early church. Acts 15:1-5. After Paul’s first missionary journey, while he stayed in Antioch for a while – some men came and preached a contrary message to the one he was preaching. He was shocked and it resulted in a “sharp dispute”. When the issue could not be resolved, he travelled ALL the way to Jerusalem to tackle the root of the problem. The issue was resolved and it ended in many other issues being addressed.

The main point is that conflict is good, normal and necessary for a team to grow.

We need to learn how to fight fair, but the reality is that some of us always avoid the fighting ring…or sit in the stands and pretend there is no ring at all…

So for all our leaders out there….

  • We need to be READY to get in the ring.

Paul did not ignore, bypass or ran away from it. He took it head on. But did not insist on being right with the men in Antioch. Rather went to attack the source tackle the issue, and not the people. Conflict is inevitable and will occur in any relationship or team. We need to expect it, anticipate it. If there is no conflict, one of you is not being honest. We are all different, so there will be differences

  • We need to be WILLING to get into the ring.

Paul called for time out. He left what he was doing, travelled long distances to resolve this issue. Handling conflict needs to be a high priority – it takes time and effort. We need to be quick and not let it linger…bitterness, division can easily creep in.

Paul said to the Ephesians: “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are angry. Do not give the devil a foothold” Eph.4:26,27

As a side note, their issue was significant. We need to sweat the small stuff and major on the majors!

  • We need to be HAPPY to get into the ring.

Paul knew the value getting in the ring: growth, increased effectiveness and peace it could bring. Also knew what lack of conflict could do: bring division, compromise the true message of the Gospel etc. For a team to thrive, conflict needs to be welcomed. Many of us, myself included, just need to change our perspective on it. If we consider the benefits of healthy conflict for our team we will embrace it; strengthening unity, revealing blind spots, clearing the air of assumptions/hard feelings. Doing self-evaluation, working on our communication and realising we are different will help a lot.

So go on, get in the RING!

 

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What Does A Healthy Team Look Like?

imagesHave you ever been a part of a “Healthy Team”?

Think of all the teams you’ve been a part of over the course of your life: sports teams, academic teams, work teams, leadership teams, families, service teams, study teams, travel teams.  The list goes on.

When you think back, what was the “healthiest team” you were ever a part of? Can you articulate what it was about the team that made it so exceptional?

I’ve been a part of a couple of teams over the course of my life that have been incredible. I’ve also been on a number of teams that have been a real struggle and not a lot of fun.

If I were to try to pinpoint what made a team better than another one, it all comes down to “TRUST“.

Teams that engage in trust as a foundational aspect of their function, enjoy greater success and greater team member engagement.

Patrick Lencioni, in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, talks about 5 key aspects of any team:  Results, Accountability, Commitment, Conflict and a foundation of Trust.

His book dives deeper into each of these categories, but he basically summarizes his thoughts with this quote:

“The key ingredient to building trust in not time. It is courage.”

Lencioni states that when a team has the courage to build trust and make themselves vulnerable, it lays a foundation for a team, and it changes everything else that comes from that team.

As I think back to the teams that I was a part of, trust played a huge part in them. We were a team that did some important things together:

• We spent time together, outside of our work environment

• We shared our lives: the good, the bad, the tough. We were vulnerable and that helped us develop genuine care for each other and take care of us and our health with a healthy lifestyle and supplements with the barbarian xl ingredients.

• We engaged in conflict. Because we had a solid foundation of trust, conflict was a positive thing and it made our team and organization better because we weren’t afraid to speak the truth and even disagree.

• We had each others backs. While we didn’t always agree, we were committed to each other and we supported and stood up for each other, especially when others weren’t around.

• We liked each other. We actually enjoyed the time we had together and made it a priority.

• We weren’t afraid to fail and we took risks, together. We knew we had the support of each other, so this gave us extra confidence.

Here’s the reality:

You can make any team you’re a part of better! Here are 4 simple steps:

#1) Make the team a PRIORITY. Let them know that they are important and that you value each of them.

#2) Define the GOALS and PURPOSE of the team. Let them know why they are on this team and what you expect from them and what you hope to accomplish.

#3) MODEL VULNERABILITY. If you want to build trust, you as the leader need to start. Show them how it’s done.

#4) INVEST the TIME into the team. Nurture relationships, in and out of the workplace. The more time you spend with people, the deeper the trust is developed.

Don’t settle to be a part of team that isn’t functioning to its capacity. Make the changes.

If you’re not the one in charge, approach the leader and offer to help.

Being a part of healthy team makes all the difference!

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Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto

IMG_0916As a kid, I grew up watching old reruns of the “Lone Ranger”. And recently I came across this joke…

One day, the Lone Ranger and Tonto were out on patrol when they came to a mountain pass. As they rode through the pass, the Lone Ranger noticed a large number of Indians looking down at them from the ridge above. He looked to the opposite ridge, and found it similarly populated. Glancing ahead and behind, he discovered the pass completely blocked by more Indians.

 “Well, Tonto, it looks like we’re headed for some trouble,” the Lone Ranger said to his faithful companion.

 “What you mean WE, white man?” came the reply.

Now the Tonto I know would never really do that. He was a faithful companion who knew there was no “I” in team! No organization has any room for “Lone Rangers”. It takes a TEAM!

May I suggest 4 qualities of a healthy team…

#1)   Trust

Here’s a Lone Ranger trivia question… Tonto called the Lone Ranger “Kemosabe”. What does this word mean? It’s a Native American term meaning “trusted (or faithful) companion”. Would your team see you as a trusted companion? Trust is built by leading with character, being consistent, and genuinely caring for your team. Are you… Kemosabe?

#2)  Encouragement AND Exhortation

Encouragement is an “arm around the shoulders” and exhortation is a “kick in the pants”. Your team needs an environment where affirmation is a normal part of the culture. The leader helps create this culture by his example. Are you a cheerleader for your team? The team also needs accountability. There must be a commitment that everyone “pulls their weight”. It demoralizes a team when others have to compensate for team members not doing their job well because the leader doesn’t have the relational character or courage to hold people accountable. Perhaps that seems harsh, but consider it the “kick in the pants” part of this blog. 🙂

#3) Authenticity

Your organization needs an environment of openness and honesty. When trust is built and people feel the freedom to be real, people will trust you when you offer encouragement and will receive exhortation because they trust your heart as a leader.

#4) Mission

“Warm fuzzy” feelings are great as everyone sings “Kumbaya” around the campfire, but at the end of the day, the team must be tenaciously committed to accomplishing the mission that links them together. The Lone Ranger and Tonto made a great team because they knew the mission… protect and serve the people by getting the bad guys. How about your team? Is the mission clear?

So Kemosabe, go build that team and accomplish your “God-sized” mission. And one more thing… “Hi-Yo Silver”!

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Who Moved My Cheese – Making Change Work For You

draft_lens5303372module44423312photo_1246865297swiss_cheese1Change is something that we go through often. I just had a child graduate from College. Her life has changed and will change. I have a son graduating from High School in a month. If he only knew the change that he will have to live! All 4 of our kids were just born yesterday (it seems like) and changed our lives completely. In our organizations there is constant change as well.

If you have never seen the 15 minute blurb on “Who moved my cheese” it is very interesting. It comes from a book by Spenser Johnson. The movie can be seen HERE.  The audio book can be found HERE. To purchase the book, CLICK HERE.

The principles have to do with the fact that we are in constant change. We need to be able to adapt and change to our circumstances around us. God has created a world where things constantly change, evolve, transition and grow. That is part of the beauty of this life.

Most of us would rather find a comfort zone, get used to it, not have to move and never change. However, God has set us up in an environment where change is constant and will help us grow.

This morning I read a quote from George Bernard Shaw in the book, The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch. “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man” (page 19).

The world, our organizations and our families need leaders who are not only ready and willing to confront change, but ready and willing to change the world. The progress the world needs can be found as we persistently adapt things around us to ourselves. Yes, we have to adapt in transition and change, but we can also be proactive to make change work for us.

Instead of worrying about change and how this will affect you think about how you can make change be beneficial to you and your life.

Richard Koch in The 80/20 Principle, pg. 20, quotes Joseph Ford, “God plays dice with the universe. But they´re loaded dice. And the main objective is to find out by what rules they were loaded and how we can use them for our own ends.” As a Christian leader I would add – to find out what rules they are loaded with and how we can use them for the Kingdom of God.

Our main objective is to navigate through change, and see the rules that God has put into place to see how we can use them to benefit His kingdom, our lives and the world.

In a little over a month our family is packing up everything we own, storing it for at least a year, and moving to another country. We will then have to buy things, figure out what to do about transportation, visiting family, and set up shop for one year in the new country. Talk about change – this is going to be a crazy summer. One of my kids is getting married, one of my kids just finished her first year of college, and one of our kids will be home schooled. This plus the graduations, weddings I am performing, speaking engagements, major moves and travel that we will experience.

As I look forward to this change I am nervous yet excited. Nervous because it´s going to be a crazy summer. Excited because we can proactively make this change have a greater impact for God, the world and ourselves.

What change do you have in your life this summer?

How can you make it produce fruit in you, others and the world?

 
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