When I read this book several years ago (eMyth Revisited) it helped me make a major shift in my thinking and strategy in regards to training and placing leaders and creating systems. I highly recommend it. (This works for churches, businesses, schools and organizations). As we make disciples and train leaders we must understand the difference between a worker and a manager and a leader. We often see a person with a skill and put them in a management or leadership role. We assume because they can play guitar and sing they can lead a worship team. This is simply not true. Check out my Mentoring Growing Leaders YouTube. I believe I have a short lesson on this.
Don’t miss the opportunity to express words of kindness and appreciation to others – your family and spouse and, staff and co-workers, even people you don’t know that you do business with. Let your words be a fountain of life to others. Sometimes we think it but don’t say it. Don’t miss that opportunity! (photo Sok Pheakdey wife and daughter)
John the Baptizer was an amazing man. He had a clear understanding of his role and his message and stayed focused on that until the end. He as a strong leader that drew a lot of attention, admiration and a huge following. However, he knew the season for which he was born and was prepared to move to his next assignment when his current assignment was completed.
His role was to prepare the way for the person who could take God’s Plan to the next stage. He prepared the way and navigated transitions well.
Here are Six Keys to Successful Transitions
1. Be confident in your personal identity. Many leaders do not want to give up their role because their identity is found in their role. This will stagnate God’s Plan, their organization, business, school or church and will eventually stagnate themselves as well. Understand that it’s unlikely that we will stay in our role/position forever. Things change and new people must step up and we must move on. Don’t look at it as a death but an opportunity. Don’t get wrapped up too much that who you are is what you are doing at this time. “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.” (William Shakespeare)
2. Understand Your Spiritual Gifts. Proverbs 18:16: “A Mans gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.” God gives spiritual gifts to all Christians for the purpose of building up the Body of Christ and serving His purposes in His generation. It’s important for us to understand our spiritual gifts, passions, abilities, personality and experiences in life to discover our next mission from God.
3. Discern the times and seasons. Sometimes our season ends abruptly, like John’s, and sometimes we can plan it carefully. Be aware of the tail-tell signs that a season is coming to a close – you’re feeling uncomfortable; you’re not feeling as challenged or satisfied as before; the organization, church, business or school is a bit plateaued, circumstances change, society changes, you’v brought the organization along as far as you can. Pay attention to these signs.
4. Know your limitations. You cannot do everything and you are not called to do everything. Your spiritual gifts, abilities and personality function best in a certain sphere. When you move out of your sphere of “expertise” you will not be as effective. Know you’re limitations – what you’re good at and what you’re not good at.
5. Value what is best for the most. It’s not all about you – it’s about that is best for the church, school, organization or business. If you only think about what is best for you, you will miss the point. Who is the best person for the next phase of the journey – someone that can take it to the next level or next stage in God’s Plan? Be willing to step down and let someone else carry it on – overcome your pride.
6. Prepare your successor. Every leader – at all levels – must be thinking of who will take this role after me. If possible, we should have 1, 2 or 3 assistants whom we are training who know what we know. We must prepare the potential successor with the skills, knowledge, and organizational and human resources to step in successfully. We must prepare the staff and customers. We must prepare our successor to have the contacts and relationships we have, as well as know where to find things he/she will need to build on the foundation we’ve laid.
Transitions are inevitable. Don’t limit God’s Eternal Plan and His plan for your life by holding on too long to your role. Many pastors and leaders just don’t want to give up the honor, prestige or salary and benefits of their role. However, there’s a bigger picture we must consider – God’s Eternal Plan, and what’s best to fulfill that in this instance.
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“The successful man is the average man focused.” “Most ‘unsuccessful’ people are just highly-distracted people.” What is the One Thing you must focus on to bring you to the next level? Cast aside everything else! You must reject the good to choose the best!
The United States Department of Labor reported that 93% of people at their workplace feel unappreciated. And 50% of people who left their job left because they did not feel appreciated. For many many years I’ve tried to be a person who speaks life and hope to others. To give them hope and confidence. I haven’t always been that kind of person in every situation but it has been my goal. Become a person who speaks life and hope to others!
- Note people’s positive qualities and praise them for them.
- Note people’s small accomplishments and let them know you notice their effort.
- Become a person that says “Thank you” a lot – even in the smallest acts of kindness toward you.
- Become a resource person for others. When you read something or learn something pass it on to someone else and tell them you’re giving it to them because you see potential in them.
- Forgive quickly.
- Smile a lot.
- Greet people with enthusiasm.
- Compliment people.
- Become a “Connector” and connect people together to create benefit for both of them.
- Keep criticism to a minimum and try to make it positive criticism that ends up giving them hope.
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The photo above is of a man – Roger – whom I haven’t seen in more than 40 years. I had the opportunity to meet up with him again this holiday season. I had actually forgot about him specifically, but he had a life-changing impact on me in 1974. I was working a place which closed down. I found another job where Roger and a close friend of mine, Terry, worked. I worked there for a month then was called back to work at an affiliate of the place that had laid me off. However, during that month Roger and Terry were instrumental in bringing a life-changing event into my life.
You see, Roger and Terry were Christians. They were true Christians. They tried to talk to me about their faith and Jesus Christ but I flat out rejected them. In fact, I remember distinctly walking with Roger and he was sharing his faith with me and I told him to his face, “Roger, I don’t want anything to do with your religion and this Jesus Christ. Please stop talking to me about this.” Roger respectfully did. However, within a week I decided to join their Monday Night Bible Study and on that Monday night I gave my life to Jesus Christ. I can honestly say a clear and sudden change came into my life. It was amazing and I haven’t turned back in more than 40 years.
In fact, I eventually became a pastor and missionary. In Cambodia, where I’ve been serving the Lord for more than 23 years, there has been tens of thousands of people who have received an education, orphaned or at-risk children cared for and educated, water wells dug, houses built, and lives brought out of poverty because me and my wife decided to move to that worn-torn country in April 1995. Not to mention receiving forgiveness and a new life and new hope because of their faith in Jesus Christ. To say tens of thousands have been touched by our decision is actually a conservative number.
But none of this would have happened if Roger and Terry did not display true Christianity to me. I wasn’t convinced to follow Jesus because of their persuasive doctrine, but because of their persuasive lifestyle. I saw something different in them.
Roger had no idea that his example has had such intercontinental positive influence. You see, I see the same for you. I’m convinced that every person has value and that includes you. You can be a person that changes the world either through your personal actions or by just being a person full of kindness, love and generosity. I encourage you live with expectation that you are a person of destiny and you will impact your generation.
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