What does Teamwork have to do with Building Vision?

Vision of a Preferred Future

I had the honor and privilege of working with two organizations last week as they built their vision of their preferred future. It never ceases to amaze me of the power of the Team in this work.

Recently, our community of Alexandria, MN also witnessed the power of the Team when 25 people (Administration, Staff, Community, Students) came together over many months to build their vision for the future of education in their School District 206. The summation of their 50 pages of documented vision was:

Here is the Powerful Secret to High Performance

Powerful Secret to High Performance

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with your responsibilities? As servant leaders we know that we are to consistently Build Performance in every aspect of our lives and leadership. That can be extremely daunting.

Jesus model of Building Performance sets the bar extremely high for us. In fact so high that on our own we cannot do it. Lets looks at a Biblical example where Jesus is asking for enhanced performance.

Four Ways to Ensure You Live Life to the Fullest

Ensure You Live Life to the Fullest

I was reminded of one of my favorite bosses last week as I was on an Alaskan Cruise. He was not a fan of cruises. He described a cruise as “Being in jail with a chance to drown”.

From his viewpoint, this was an absolutely true statement. While on a cruise you are dictated by a schedule that you cannot change. Once you are on the boat, you cannot leave and go home. You can’t adjust the schedule. You are stuck for the duration. Not only that, if there is a problem, you may drown. Lovely!

Insights on Becoming “World Famous” from Pike Place Fish Market

World Famous Pike Place Fish Market

What does it take for an organization to become “World Famous”? I found out this week while spending some time in Seattle with the fishmongers at Pike Place Fish Market.

This team is all in and passionate about their vision of “Being World Famous”, and “World Peace, an idea whose time is come”. It was very clear that leaders at Pike Place Fish Market were extremely intentional about building:

Deflator or Encourager?

35 Days of Encouragement

There has been a lot written and said about the “Deflator” recently. The “Deflator” is the nickname of one of the equipment managers of the New England Patriots. Tom Brady supposedly worked with him to have footballs deflated to a PSI that he was comfortable with to effectively throw passes that his receivers could catch.

This situation has not worked out real well for Brady or the Patriots at this point. Being a deflator as a leader is not good either!

Moms Are Truly Shining Examples of Servant Leaders

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Mothers are typically great servant leaders. I think there is a certain amount of instinct in being a great Mom, but those that work at it intentionally will definitely make an impact for generations.

I am totally enjoying the opportunity to see a wonderful example of three phenomenal Moms illustrating a model of servant leadership to my granddaughter, Sylvia. Her Mother, and her two Grandmas are each an exceptional blessing to Sylvia.

Selflessness….It’s Hard!

Do Not Get Lost In The Age

We are living in a world where “Selfie” is now a word. A selfie is a self-portrait typically taken with a smart phone at arms’ length and then posted on social media. Selfies are harmless but the challenge as a servant leader is to not get lost in the age of me, me, me.  Instead we should focus on being selfless.

Selflessness is hard! We would all like to think that we focus on others over ourselves.  A great way to analyze our motives in this area is to do a personal assessment. Do you:

The RIGHT Word Is a Gift!

Use 'Life-Giving' Words, Not

Small things often make a big difference. Words are one major example of this. Servant leaders understand that their words can shape relationships, workplace culture, and any interactions they have.

I listened to a speaker last week that had spent 30 years serving on the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He was a master at the use of words. He shared how important it was when he was arresting someone to use words that showed the individual dignity and respect even in these tense, sometimes perilous situations.