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Friday Thoughts

Lots of thoughts running through my mind today and this week that deal with life, leadership and faith!

1.  We listed our house a few months ago and had an offer to purchase it about a week ago.  For a variety of reasons, I think the deal fell apart today – not entirely about price, although we were still several thousand dollars apart.  While I know this is a tough housing market for sellers, I don’t want to just give my house away!  Life can be difficult to understand at times!  Is that bad?

2.  I’ve been reading a lot about high performance teams and what makes them that way.  Every group of people is not a team and certainly can’t be automatically labled as a high performing one!  I’m convinced that Leaders are the deciding factor in allowing teams to understand their mission and purpose and resourcing them to fulfill their roles and meet established goals.  Most times leaders get in the way or simply don’t allow their teams to do what they are capable or accomplishing.

3.  Cyndi and I had a good discussion this morning about our Faith.  Convinced that God has used us over the past 14 months to impact lives, to be a living example for others and to encourage friends.  Our circumstances don’t determine our belief in God or whether or not He is a good and gracious God!  There are good examples of men of faith in the Bible but often times we don’t want to compare our life situations with them – mainly out of fear that our lives could always be worse!  While I still don’t understand this faith journey we are on completely, I do continue to believe that God is in complete control and He knows what is best for us and wants us to be satisfied in Him!  Our wait, while significant to us, pales in comparison to that of others!

Each of these could be blog entries on their own – disappointed that I don’t have time today to do just that.  And I’ll be away from internet activity for a few days, so checking in will be sporadic!

Leading by Example

One of the very first leadership lessons I learned was by observing a boss of mine.  Not only was he in charge according to the organization chart and he was the one who approved my pay and leave time – he was actually a leader by example.

This man actually walked the walk – not just talked the talk.  He jumped in and got his hands dirty when it was required.  He didn’t just tell me and others to do the things no one else wanted to do.

He had the tough conversations with staff as soon as they needed to be held.  He didn’t wait until situations got out of hand and were impossible to reign in.

He prepared for presentations and other public interactions – he didn’t just wing it.

He made sure he interacted with his organization on a daily basis – he knew what they were doing and what projects they were working on and what their suggestions were for a better organization and product.  He didn’t seclude himself from others or make it hard to meet with him.

He stood up for his followers (employees) – not just when things went awry as they sometimes do but publicly praised them regularly.

Perhaps most of all, this leader wanted those who were on his team to succeed – whether it was within his organization or beyond it.  He cared about people.

He led by example.  What kind of leader are you?