The spiritual forecast for our world is rather cloudy.
Yet, regardless of the leader of your country, you’re still a leader in your company. The spiritual forecast for the world depends on you, and it starts in your business.
Few companies have found the holy grail of management: High Employee Engagement. In the average company, about 32 percent of employees are actively engaged in their work and about 20 percent actively disrupt operations. But for those who figure it out, the rewards are unmistakable. Companies who score at the top quartile of employee engagement outperform those in the bottom quartile on virtually every measure of success. The Gallup Organization finds the gap in performance between top and bottom quartile companies varies from a low of ten to a high of seventy percentage points depending on what dimension of performance is studied. Here is short sampling of those performance gaps.
There has been much written about building the right team. Here are some thoughts from top business leaders:
John Maxwell – Unity Begins with the Leader – A true team – one whose members work together to achieve greatness – has a unified vision.
Simon Sinek – Start with Why – It’s important for team members to know why the team exists and does what it does.
Are you ready for Christmas? Not the pretend Christmas, the real Christmas. We all need a solid dose of God’s Christmas. Not the gifts piled high Christmas, but rather the Jesus came in flesh dishing out mercy to save the world Christmas. Not the decorate till you drop Christmas, but rather the serve those who have nothing Christmas. Not the take 20 minutes to find a parking spot at the mall Christmas, the hope injecting, peace giving, love awakening, power carrying, rest giving, God magnifying, Savior of humanity Christmas for our needy, weary soul. We need the kind of Christmas that brings God’s eternity into our temporary.
Have you forgotten about Mary? I sure had! I had her down in history simply as a blessed young girl. Oh, I was grateful for her, but I had missed her wisdom and spiritual depth.
Mary had been visited by an angel named Gabriel who was sent by God to tell her some earth shattering news. She would be impregnated by the Holy Spirit and bring forth the savior of planet Earth. Wait… what?! The news was so big that Mary decided to go see her cousin Elizabeth to process it all. As she arrived at Elizabeth’s home, Elizabeth exclaimed, “You are blessed among women!” (Luke 1:41). Then, Mary responded to her cousin. Take a minute and read her response to her cousin as told by the writer Luke.
I’ve been through another season of funerals—8 in the past 3 months. Family, friends and business associates passed on and so I attended their memorial service or celebration of life, depending on their belief system. This now regular event gave me ample opportunity to pause and reflect on my own destiny, something that, I hope, you all do on occasion.
Interesting question and what difference does it make?
Many, many years ago Peter Drucker, considered the Father of Modern Management, recognized the shift from work done and perfected by repetition, skills through training, and quantifiable measurement to the "knowledge worker". Knowledge workers use their education, experience, and subject matter expertise to define alternative courses of action, make decisions, and take responsibilities for outcomes and expected contributions - much like executives do.
Leadership, in my view, consists of the merger of heart and science (in that order). Leadership in God’s Kingdom is learned, driven by character, and operated with excellence.
Heart generates vision statements, mission statements and values developed in relationship with the Holy Spirit living in and through us.
Time is your most important scarce resource. Does anyone have enough time in this information overload age? Gadgets are blasting us—tempting us with “news” stories that we all too often chase down with regret. TVs give too many options, yet people still lament there is nothing to watch. T.S. Eliot had it right decades ago when he wrote, “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”. People have way too much information and way too little of what they really need—wisdom, and the focus to implement it. There is urgency all around in a world that needs importance.
There are numerous examples in the Bible about pride and its consequences in the lives of leaders and followers. And, having worked over the years with hundreds of leaders, and having interviewed over 5,000 of them, I have seen so many leaders like those in the Bible. I have witnessed their disgrace, as written in Proverbs 11: 2 (ESV); “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble wisdom.” In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote, “Pride leads to every other vice; it is the complete anti-God state of mind.” And pride prevents you from serving God.