Meetings are notoriously one of organizational life’s most insufferable realities. U.S. companies spend more than $37 billion dollars a year on them. Employees in American companies spend more than one-third of their time in them. And 71% of senior managers view them as unproductive. In one global consumer products company that I work with, my firm’s organizational assessment revealed an unusually intense degree of frustration over how much time was consumed by meetings, leaving “only evenings to do our day jobs,” according to one interviewee. In a meticulous inventory, we calculated the hours spent in meetings by directors and above across the enterprise (a population of about 500). They collectively spent more than 57,000 hours per year in recurring meetings. That’s the equivalent of six and a half years!
A consistent, daily time with God will help you make it through the difficult seasons of ministry. When your time is based upon the reading of Scripture, time in specific prayer, and even journaling your walk with God, it helps you make it through these seasons of difficulty.
Try your best not to wait for a perfect time to do this each day. It will not exist. Begin your day, every day, with God. I do my time early each day, but the main thing is doing it the first thing every day.
Great leaders keep growing.
The very best leaders I know are hungry to grow. They are internally motivated to keep reading, learning and practicing toward improvement. They are dedicated to personal development.
Great leaders understand that yesterday’s wins do not guarantee future successes.
The best leaders want to become even better leaders to increase their impact for God’s Kingdom.
You know the drill. Every time you suggest “Why don’t we try reformatting our services/changing our kids ministry/reaching out into the community” they shoot back with “what we really need to do is just pray” (or “what we really need to do is get back to the Bible…”) as though that settled the discussion.
Sometimes, of course, it’s not other people who have the problem. Maybe you’ve fallen for a leadership cop-out too—dodging the real issue by putting a spiritual mask over it.
As Barnum experiences financial success and admiration from the rich and famous, he also drifts away from his family and the people who stood beside him in his dream. The anthem “This Is Us” is a cry from the people in the show who have been pushed aside and forced to live in secluded community behind walls. Leaders should be loyal and stand by those who’ve helped them achieve their dreams. As Michelle Williams, who portrays Barnum’s wife, sings in the song “Tightrope,” “But I follow you to the great unknown…walking a tightrope with you.” Ministry success should never supplant success at home. It’s a terrible god and an unfaithful mistress. It’s a tightrope of balance that if not carefully walked can lead to a great fall.
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