Thursday, August 20, 2009

Promoting Teamwork...

I'm a big fan of a team oriented approach to ministry. Here are five great ways to energize any team you work with.

1. Assume others are smart and working hard.
2. Listen intently and ask thoughtful questions.
3. Acknowledge the sacrifices others have made on behalf of the team.
4. Express gratitude for their effort and their results.
5. Remind everyone why their work is so important and the difference they are making.

Yes, you can talk about issues that need to be addressed, but it has to be done in a way that leaves people motivated about what is possible.

As a leader, you have more power than you think. You will get more of what you focus on. Next time you walk into a meeting ask yourself this question, "How do I want people to feel when the meeting is over?" Begin with the end in mind.

Think back to a great meeting you attended which you left feeling energized. What happened to make you feel that way? What happened to your performance?