are you relentless?

laen chair JUL 2013Good Tuesday morning to you! I hope you had a great three-day weekend. I took Friday as a vacation day and had a nice four-day break.

relentless: showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relentless)

“no abatement” is the key part of that definition. Relentless is often used in a negative sense, but here it is very positive. Positive, when it applies to our efforts to learn, grow, and become more effective in what the Lord has called us to do with our lives. We have the capacity to grow and learn no matter our age or station in life. We have the capacity to change. Not only do we have access to the knowledge required, but we have Christ in us as well. We have no excuse to not be growing and becoming more effective. However, we have to develop that attitude of pursuing growth in a relentless manner. The reason is that there are so many things that distract us and get in our way. Usually it is our own laziness.

So, how do you make sure that you are on a pathway of learning and growth? How are you becoming more effective, daily, in what you have been called to do?

Are you relentless in your pursuit of growth? Growth that is for the glory of God and to serve others in your community?

Blessings on your week!

BG

Are You Stressed over Getting Organized?

Happy New Year!

Well, it’s that time again – time to start afresh, time to get organized, time to set goals, and so on!  Actually it can be quite intimidating can it not?

There is some help available.  Ministry Coaching International has an excellent tool called a Life Book that is in an Excel format and easy to use – and very powerful.  It guides you through a process that helps you to focus on key areas of your life and gives you a means to start making progress towards those goals.  It is a holistic approach to addressing the priorities in your life and gives you way forward towards those goals.

Also, Michael Hyatt has published a very nice e-book on the life planning process.  It is a great tool and may be a great place to get started in your journey to live a more intentional life.

However, as I mentioned last week in a post – the tools don’t really matter.  All they are, are tools.  What matters is what you decide is truly important and then having the discipline to do the work.  As someon has said – most often we do what we really want to do.

I hope that this year is an adventure for you!

BG

Kill Your Darlings & Improve Your Presentations

Good morning – we are still in the midst of Revival Week here at Life Action and it has been a great week so far.

Presentations – good ones seem rare.  As an adjunct professor in a business school, I have the opportunity to practice giving presentations quite often.  The students also have the opportunity to evaluate my presentations and as I teach graduate students, they are not too bashful about speaking their minds! So I have learned a few things.  The big thing is that taking away is better than adding to when it comes to presentations.  Less is more as the saying goes.

The Harvard Business Review blog has a good post on this subject that is well worth reading about “killing your darlings” to improve your presentations – if you make presentations it is well worth the read.  Also check out Nancy Duarte’s site as well as Garr Reynolds for some great tips.

Have a great Wednesday!

BG

Three Questions to Improve Your Performance

We all want to improve and one of the best ways to improve is through good feedback from those we work with on a regular basis especially those that support us.  At times we may ask open ended questions such as “How am I doing?” which really don’t help very much.

Thomas DeLong writes in the Harvard Business Review blog about the SKS method.  It is simply these three questions:

  1. What should I stop doing?
  2. What should I keep doing?
  3. What should I start doing?

The SKS also counteracts our tendency to avoid seeking out other people’s opinions of our attitudes and behaviors. The SKS process breaks the hold our illusions have on us.

He also recommends using the following questions to help you identify the behaviors that are keeping you stuck and the behaviors that will help you move in new directions:

Stop

  • Are you hearing that you should quit doing something that you feel is a skill or strength?
  • Is your first response that quitting this behavior will have catastrophic consequences?
  • On reflection, is it possible that you’ve fallen into a behavioral rut? If you stop doing one thing, might you have an opportunity to try something new and different?

Keep

  • Is there something you’re doing right that people feel you should do more of?
  • Have you been dismissive of this particular behavior or skill for some reason?
  • What might happen if you used this “keep” more? How might it impact your effectiveness and satisfaction with your job?

Start

  • Are people recommending you do something that feels foreign or scary?
  • What about it makes you anxious? Is it because you are afraid of looking like you don’t know what you’re doing?
  • Why are people suggesting you start doing this new thing? What benefits do they feel will accrue to you, your group, or your organization?

Some good questions – click here to read the entire article.

Blessings on your weekend!
BG

A Burnout Self-Test

Burnout – too many leaders are being sidelined by this way of living.  It only produces hurt and shortens our careers.  Question – are you dealing with burnout?

Check yourself by taking this self-test on MindTools.com.

Remember – the stewardship of your life is a key responsibility of a leader.

For His glory!

BG