The Pain of the Game of Telephone in Leadership by Eric Geiger
Why does the “telephone game” happen in an organization? Eric shares two reasons that it occurs.
One of the most frustrating things for a leader is when values deeply held by a leadership team are diluted in other parts of an organization. In an organization or ministry, the actual living out of the values varies from team to team within the larger whole. Imagine a leadership team on which both Johnny and Debra sit. The organization has a clearly defined mission and values that are intended to be more than just statements on a wall. The team Debra leads makes decisions in light of the values, champions them, and celebrates them as they are lived out. The execution is rooted in the mission. The team Johnny leads is different. The values are rarely discussed. Tasks are executed, but they aren’t connected to the sacred why. Over time, on the team Johnny leads, both heart and execution suffer.
We’ve heard the importance of Emotional Intelligence, but this article is a comprehensive and wise look at some of the most important aspects of it.
Every day, leaders must make difficult decisions. They have to determine who to hire, who to fire, who to promote, how to lead through difficulty, where to invest their funds, how to keep employees engaged, how to lead compassionately when employees have personal struggles, how to balance empowerment with accountability, where to invest their networking time, how to keep customers happy, what vendors to trust, and many other decisions.
Creating the internal emotional strength to execute these decisions is the single most important aspect of emotional intelligence.
Christian, Your Pain Is Never Punishment by Kathryn Butler on Desiring God
It’s easy to wonder, did I bring this suffering on myself somehow? Kathryn beautifully shares how our pain isn’t punishment.
Passages like these warn that we must never presume to know God’s intent for someone in anguish. God has an infinite capacity to effect goodness in the midst of our inequity. No theorems hem in his glory. The cross reveals in luminous brushstrokes our Lord’s grace and his overflowing love for us, made perfect in the death and resurrection of his most beloved Son. In the most magnificent sacrifice the world has known, God granted suffering in order to save us.
7 Financial Facts All Christians Should Know by Daniel Darling
With all the wisdom the Bible has about money, it’s important to know the facts!
The Bible has a lot to say about money.
In fact, Jesus talked more about money than even heaven and hell. We should talk about it too, in a healthy, open way that is founded on biblical truth. Here are seven financial essentials from the Bible that Christians should know.
Boys Need Their Moms by Tim Challies
Why is it that we think boys “should” be closer with their dads? Tim shares his insight of why boys need their moms.
In history and church history we encounter many great men who were shaped by their mothers as much as by their fathers, many great men who ascribe who they became to the influence of their mothers.
And yet even in Christian circles there is little attention given to the relationship of boys and their mothers, at least once they pass the toddler stage. It is rarely mentioned and rarely celebrated. We still look askance at a boy who spends a lot of time with his mom or a mom who is close to her boy. There is still that suspicion—that irrational and unfair suspicion. There is still that fear that a boy necessarily ought to be closer to his father than his mother.