What is your culture of leadership? What does it look like to be on your team? One of the traps I found myself in as a leader was that of managing over motivating. It is easier than we might imagine to create an unhealthy work environment based on our drive to fulfil what we believe … Continue reading Change Your Work Culture
Decisions, decisions, decisions…how many have you made already this week? I had to get a new smartphone a few days ago, and it got me thinking about all the decisions we make. Even a decision like that one can get you stuck if you are not careful. If someone would follow us around and track … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Another great installment of one of my favourite podcasts for you to listen to: Hidden Brain - You 2.0 "Check Yourself" Are you into making checklists? You can chalk this up partially to personality, partially to preference, and partially to learned habit. Depending on your job, you may have to be a checklist person, even … Continue reading Is your life in check(list)?
And you could add, "...for different types of people." One of the areas of my MBTI team sessions is the last dichotomy to compare, the part about how others see us. It especially relates to completing projects and the way we order our work. That means it speaks to our use of time. And that … Continue reading Different types of goal setting
Last week the NFL honoured a small group of individuals by being selected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which means they received their 'beige jackets'. Yes, I am a football fan, and this post does apply to you. Two of the players honoured led contentious careers, which were marked by soundbites against their … Continue reading Is it an outcome? Or an occurrence?
Is your job a calling or just a job? Have a listen to this episode of "Hidden Brain", then read on: You 2.0: Dream Jobs As a pastor, we used the term all the time, but normally in faith and ministry terms. But what if you thought of your work as a calling? Would it … Continue reading Is work a calling?
"When's your day off?" In my experience, this is a common conversation with pastors. Other leaders experience it as well, but the self-managed world of most pastors makes it unique in their setting. Depending on who you were talking to, the question could be packed with meaning. Many pastors are on call throughout the week, … Continue reading Do you schedule time to rest?
That is a quote from Seth Godin's most recent podcast, and it is definitely worth a listen if you have not already. (Click here to go to Akimbo) Seth highlights how we teach people to juggle and ride a bike. His main point is that fear and shame are often the traditional go-to in our … Continue reading Fear as a Motivator
If you have ever missed a bus, and watched it drive away just out of reach, you understand the impact of time on all your systems. Time is that one sense and dimension we wrestle with and cannot escape, and that struggle can truly get in the way of so much we intend to do. … Continue reading Time is a powerful motivator
There is also another side to motivation. You might call it, lighting the fire under your butt. But there are two different ways that can happen. Success My oldest son Corban graduated this week, and man am I proud. I was proud of my daughter as well, but I think there are things we are … Continue reading Are you motivated by pain or success?
"Once a foundation of engagement is in place, then you can focus on culture change. If you can't engage your employees, then you can't build a culture, and if you can't do that, then all talk of mission rings hollow." (Nate Dvorak, "When Mission Doesn't Matter", Gallup Blog, April 10/18) I used to preach/yell/chant/scream about … Continue reading Is your goal the same as your co-worker’s?
So how are you motivated? I recently posted about the 2 separate worlds of motivation for each person. These are about as minimal as they come, and are largely based on your personality: Internal and External. One person is driven from within and has an outcome in mind to which they are striving without prompting … Continue reading Key ways you are motivated