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Listening to your Fellow Leaders - Week Fifty-Five

Listening to your Fellow Leaders - Week Fifty-Five

Liz and Josh and Ches, the fire damage claims Dallas guy, made it to prayer today with me  - I am glad because I am slated to speak again about Nehemiah and his leadership today.  I wasn’t sure if the whole group would want me to finish up my talk this week, but the unofficial head of our larger gathering called me up at the end of last week and requested that I finish up.  I’m still nervous but at least I got my feet wet last week.  Anyway, besides my worries about teaching, Liz said that her Lubbock catering business was experiencing some rough roads as far as their web optimization was concerned.  She said that everything was going good at the beginning but now all of them sudden her rankings were falling.  She asked us to pray for her decision-making about continuing this process. Ches asked that we pray for his public adjuster business, especially with the increase of fire insurance claims during the holiday season.  He also reminded us to pray for California as it was being devastated by wildfires. Josh told us that all was well with his Lubbock lawn care business but that his dad’s health was faltering again.  He seemed very upset by this and we covered that whole situation in prayer.  I felt bad for him – I cannot imagine what it must be like to function as a business owner and family man when such difficulties were happening with a close family member.  We lifted up each other’s concerns and also took some silent time to just listen for God to speak to each of us individually.  It was a good time.

As for the larger business gathering, I stood up and quickly reviewed the points I had made last week.  Then I got going with my new points.  First of all, I said that after raising up leaders to capture the vision of a project it was important to come up with a clear blueprint for action while taking into account what those leaders had to say.  Whatever project was being lifted up didn’t need to be the pet project of the owner of the business – it needed to be crafted by the whole of the leadership.   After all, these leaders would be the ones who would drive the project forward and if they didn’t believe in it, it would move slowly or even not at all.  Once the leaders created the blueprint for the project, I said that the project needed to be shared with the entirety of the workforce – not just in vague terms, but in very specific ways with deadlines and clear instructions as to how it would be completed.  I said that the employees needed to see how this project would be a benefit for the collective and also for them as individuals.  Finally, I said that work teams needed to be formed around the skills sets of the individuals so that the work could be completed efficiently.  I said that if people were allowed to work within their best abilities that they would be satisfied with their contributions to the project at hand.  My talk was fairly simple and I hoped that I hadn’t wasted anyone’s time.  I spoke so generally.  I think that if I ever presented this again I would bring up some solid examples from the business world so that my audience could better connect with the information.

Well, I guess that everything went well because I got a lot of congratulations from people in the crowd.  Still, I knew that I could have done a better job at communicating the info.  Readers, what do you think about what I said?  Do you have leaders at your business who have the credibility to move teams towards a set goal?  Let me know what you think about my entire presentation.  Feel free to be brutally honest.  I can take it…