Hungry Teammates

I’ve heard stories of crazy defensive players in the NFL who would eat very little prior to a game, because they wanted to be hungry and angry and would blast through opponents to get to that post game meal.  
I’ve seen the same in teams and individuals in business.  
It’s the hungry teammates who make a difference and actually change work culture.  Find them and ask them to join your team.  
They are…
  • Hungry for Opportunity - they have something to prove.  Either they are young and just starting out, or maybe they have had a bad past track record and really want to improve their skills.  

  • Hungry for Purpose - they have a purpose behind their work and are not just doing it for a paycheck.  If their strengths and motivation collide in a position - they make a huge difference in an organization.  

  • Hungry for Responsibility - many people are hungry for responsibility, but very few are organized and ready to accept more responsibility.  I’m often surprised when the busiest people on the team are often the most willing to take on a new opportunity - they are looking for challenge!  If you don’t offer the challenge, they will get bored and find it from some other organization.  
Stay hungry and challenge yourself when you’re just satisfied.  So, how do you stay hungry and challenge yourself more?  
  • Read books - Read leadership and organizational books that challenge you to be a better leader.  Read spiritual books that challenge you to be a better person.  Just READ!  Our ideas only go so far - but often the ideas of others can become the spark that sets us in a new direction.  

  • Be mentored - find someone who is better at life or business than you.   They may see blind spots that you cannot see or offer helpful encouragement when there is none present from others.  Also, they can challenge you to be the best version of you.  

  • Develop side interests - whether in life or work, develop a side interest that you can work on a few hours a week.  At Google they usually give their employees time in a week to work on a project that has nothing to do with Google.  It’s usually when our passions are lit on fire or we learn about fresh challenges or needs that we become better all around.  
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  • 23 hours ago

Uncomfortably His

Sometimes I forget that God has every right to my life. When I called Him “Lord”, I decided he would call the shots. I had lunch with a good friend who asked me a bunch of good questions today. I was really uncomfortable with my answers and really challenged by where I am at right now.

Even though I was uncomfortable, there was something so familiar about the Voice behind my friend’s questions. It wasn’t just my friend saying it; it was Jesus’ familiar voice.

I feel safe when Jesus makes me uncomfortable. I know there is healing when the scalpel of His voice and His Word cut into my ego and excuses (Hebrews 4:12).

I am uncomfortably His!

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  • 1 day ago

Stop…in the name of love

This morning, I said “Hi how are you doing?” to the facilities guy in my building as he was taking the trash out to the dumpster.  As I walked by him, he stopped like he was going to say something and said “Hi”.  He stood there silently, and I felt awkward about continuing to walk past him. 

You see, he does this every day that I say “Hi how are you?” on my way in to work.  Today, as I entered the building it hit me.  

Maybe he is stopping, because he really wants to talk about how he is doing and how I am doing.  Duh!  C’mon TJ, smarten up!  

It’s interesting how a colloquial saying can become so second nature that we don’t actually want to know how someone is doing.  In my  head, I just repeated the phrase “Stop…in the name of love”.  If I care about someone, I should really stop and hear how they are doing.  

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  • 1 week ago

Prayer for Strength

O God, the deathless hope of all, we rejoice that You support us both when little and even to gray hairs. When our strength is of You, it is strength indeed; but when our own only, it is feebleness. With You are refreshment and true strength.

Augustine of Hippo
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Row faster…

When someone or something in your organization is making waves, you have two choices:  Row faster or get out of the boat!  

As long as you believe in the mission and strategy - my encouragement would be to row faster with the team.  

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  • 1 week ago

Believe it before you communicate it

Leaders must feel it and believe it before they communicate it to others.  

On a daily basis, I call prospective students who are interested in Regent University’s graduate programs.  At times, people can become frustrated with the requirements for a program.  For instance, many students are disappointed that they have to take the GRE, or they are too afraid to take it.  

To avoid confrontation, it would be easier to say “Yeah, the professors came up with this requirement.  It’s just something you have to do to enter the program”.  

However, we have a responsibility to own team decisions.  When the decision has been made, we need to be adept at communicating those decisions in a positive light.  Our self leadership should cause us to work on the wording so that we can believe what we are saying to others.  

If you don’t feel it, neither will the interested prospect, client, or member.

Feel it and believe it, before you communicate it.   

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  • 1 week ago

Conflict Resolution

I would venture to say that conflict resolution is something that should be preached in churches, taught in colleges, and learned by all MANY TIMES a YEAR.  I have often felt so unprepared for dealing with conflict.  I think I suck really bad at it.  I’m sure most of us feel that way and want to avoid it like the plague.  

In some time with God this morning I decided that I would find some Scriptures in the Bible that would be helpful in how we should deal with conflict.  There are both Scriptures that tell us what to do, and some where we see a story played out where people are dealing with conflict.  

I wanted to share in case it would be helpful for you.  Please, if you have any other Scriptures we can add or thoughts on this subject - leave them in the comments section.  That would be greatly appreciated!  

  • Acts 15:1-35 - Jerusalem Council 
  • Acts 15:36-41 - Paul and Barnabas Separate 
  • Matthew 18:15-17 - Conflict between brothers
  • Proverbs 15:1 - soft answer turns away wrath 
  • Romans 12:17-21 - don’t repay evil for evil 
  • Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers
  • James 1:19 - Be slow to speak, quick to listen
  • Proverbs 16:7 - his enemies live at peace with him
  • 1 Timothy 5:19 - charge against an elder 
  • Psalm 103:8 - Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 
  • Proverbs 18:19 - brother offended is unyielding
  • Colossians 3:13 - forgiving one another as Christ forgave me. 
  • Ephesians 4:26,31 - no anger when sun goes down and put away all bitterness. 
  • 1 Kings 3:25-28 - Solomon solving conflict of whose child it is.  

Leave your Scriptures, comments, thoughts, and questions in the comments box.  :) 

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  • 2 years ago

One Year Unemployment Anniversary

I want to publicly thank God for giving me a job this week.  

It was exactly one year ago today that I applied for unemployment, and thank God for the blessing that it was for this last year.  On Monday, I start a new job as an admissions counselor for the school of Education at Regent University.  Basically, I help teachers apply to get their Masters and Doctorate degrees at Regent (if you are interested in doing this online or on campus, let me know).  

This last year has been a roller coaster of emotions in the realm of job searching.  However, God used this time to really grow my life in many dimensions…

  • Physically - I think one of the most obvious benefits for me has been the development of a regular workout schedule and healthy eating.  It really took this time of no work to help me get into the habit of working out.  I have lost 25 pounds in the last 3 months.  I eat a healthy amount of calories, exercise for at least an hour 5-6 days a week.  
  • Emotionally - As a man, I have grown in my endurance and tenacity.  God has grown my endurance muscles to continue to have hope up until this time when I got the job (see James 1:2-6).  Also, I didn’t give up and had more fight in me with every job rejection.  
  • Mentally - I learned how to tailor-make resumes in this new economy (if you need help in this, let me know).  I would spend about 30-45 minutes on each resume/application I would send out.  
  • Spiritually - My hunger for God’s Word and voice has grown in this time.  Instead of relying on the way I’ve always done things, I have begun to trust the voice of the Holy Spirit.  I’m talking to God more and hearing His Word more.  I’ve loved being able to post notes on YouVersion - as it gives me a Scriptural journal.  So cool!  

SO ONCE AGAIN - I JUST PUBLICLY WANT TO THANK GOD FOR THIS LAST YEAR AND FOR ALL THAT HE HAS CULTIVATED IN MY LIFE IN THAT TIME!  He is a loving Father, a faithful friend, a forgiving Savior, a caring Counselor, and a guiding God.  

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  • 2 years ago

Faith’s Lack of Guarantees

Faith does not come with a list of guarantees.  God speaks, we obey, and often we think we know how God is going to answer.  Then He doesn’t show up that way and we’re like, “What the heck, God?!”  

Abraham hears God and obeys, leaving his homeland in Genesis 12.  It’s a step of faith, dramatic music is playing in the background.  Then, v.10 happens,  ”A famine struck Canaan”.  The promised land is hit hard and Abraham has to go live in Egypt as a foreigner.  Discouraged and confused? Probably.  Questioning God?  Probably.

What step of faith have you taken recently?  What “guaranteed thing” hasn’t been there, even though you obeyed?  

God is our guarantee.  In Ephesians 1 it says that the Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee to us of our inheritance in Him.  He is the ONLY guaranteed thing in our life.  He will NEVER leave us or forsake us.  He will watch over us and provide for all of our needs.  

Lean back on God.  If He has promised something, He will make it happen in HIS time and in HIS way.  Trust it.  Relax.  And learn to speak Egyptian in the process, Abraham! 

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  • 2 years ago