Free Book and a leadership post on talking with your team

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FREE book follow-up.  

A few days ago I had mentioned I was offering a Free book, in partnership with Crossway Publishing.   Well, read through this post and then follow the links for further instructions to get your FREE  book, “habits of grace” by Dave Mathis, which talks about “enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines” (which has some great endorsements from John Piper and Louie Giglio).

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Picture this scene playing out in your mind:  you are the leader of a group of people.  Maybe you are the new coach of a sports team, or a new boss in a company, or a new pastor in a church, or an instructor in an orchestra.  Got it?  You are the new leader of a team.

Let me make it more concrete (and then, I’ll let you apply it to your own situation).

The meeting opens up and the new football coach comes before his team of players. He already knows many of them from past experiences with them, and/or looking at their files.  He sees the all-star quarterback and running back.  He sees the big, I mean big offensive and defensive linemen.  Over to the other side of the room, he sees the offensive and defensive coaches.

As he looks over the room, not saying a word, the room grows very still.  He looks over at one of the wide receivers and staring at him with piercing eyes, the new coach says, “what is your job?”  Nervously, the wide receiver says, “I play wide receiver and my job is catch passes, score touchdowns, and look good!” as the whole room starts to laugh.

“humm” the coach quietly says to himself.  He then looks at one of the offensive lineman and says “what is your main goal?”

“My job is not to get trampled on by the defensive lineman and to protect the quarterback” the lineman says as the room increasingly seems to loosen up.

The new coach goes on to ask one to two more players, as well as one of the assistant coaches, who all give similar answers about what their main responsibility is and their goals.

“Thank you all for your honesty”  the new coach blurts out, but that is not good enough if we are going to be our best.  The coach went on talking with a firmness in his voice, “It is not good enough if we are going to act like a team.

We have a choice today. We can either be mindful of looking out for our self and trying to be our best, or we can willingly submit our self for the benefit of the success of the team.  Deep down, who do you want to be successful, you or the team?

The topic of that meeting is what is the crucial confrontation that every leader must eventually face if they are going to be successful.  If they never have that conversation with their team, the leader has already set them up for eventual failure.

The Bible has a very often repeated verse that says, “a house divided against itself cannot stand”.    That verse has huge application for every organization.

From a practical standpoint if all members of a team are not all moving in the same direction with the same objectives, they are weakening the foundation of the team and limiting its potential.

As the leader, you need to understand that yourself. You need to communicate that to your team. Lastly, you need to then manage your team so that it functions with clarity in achieving one main goal.

 

Thank you for your reading of this post. I hope it has been a blessing for you in some way.

If you click on this link,  crossway.org/HGDM16   you will be able to download this free resource donated graciously by Crossway Publishing: “habits of grace” by Dave Mathis, which talks about “enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines”.

It will take you only about 3 minutes to complete Crossway’s requested-information, then you will have the free download.   Enjoy it and other, great Crossway resources.

Thank you for participating in this.

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