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We have been teaching, writing and talking about Influence this month, one of the Seven Pillars of Faith at Work. As leaders, walking (sprinting is more like it) through the end of 2011 and into a fresh new year, Influence has to be omnipresent.
I am reading Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It by Giant Impact CEO Jeremie Kubicek. Jeremie says “great leaders with true influence build relationships by serving the needs of those within their spheres of influence, even as they serve the needs of their businesses.”
It is the “even as they serve the needs of their businesses” phrase that we should consider. There are certainly numerous opportunities for us to have influence in our personal lives. What about work? In the busy lives that we lead today, how can we be more intentional about influencing in the flow of our day at work?
Here are a few suggestions for you to consider.
- Encourage – take the time to share with someone what you see in them. Their gifts, their skills. It doesn’t have to be a long discussion. It can follow a meeting where you simply pull that person aside and say, “you are really good at…”
- Mentor – a big, sometimes scary word. That man or woman 5, 10, 20 years younger than you? Their watching. Show them the way. Maybe you can take them to lunch one day. Pour a little of what’s in your cup, in their cup.
- Serve - we are pro’s at hiding when we are hurting, especially at work. When you see or hear that someone in your work is going through a difficult time, there is no greater time to serve. Maybe it is an encouraging private word. Maybe it’s an email. Maybe it’s a cup of coffee. Remember those people who came along side of you in your time of need? Now you can use your experience to serve another.
Lord, slow us down enough to notice. Plant the seed in us to be intentional with the influence that you give us, especially in our work. Amen
“You’re here to be light…If I make you light-bearers…shine! By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God…” Matthew 5:14-16
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During our discussions on Influence we covered intentionally aligning the sources of what influences us with how we want to influence others. But, we also need to talk about the time for influence.
Jesus said “It’s urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life…” John 5:24 (MSG)
In Luke 9:60 (MSG) Jesus said “First things first. Your Business is Life… And Life is Urgent: Announce God’s Kingdom!“
While our work demands a certain sense of urgency to accomplish our objectives, having a sense of urgency regarding our influence can have a life changing impact. As I go through my daily work, the challenges of work stay relatively constant. But due to multiple reasons, challenges and circumstances, all too often the people we work with change. We change. Life at work changes daily.
I believe that’s why Jesus stressed having a sense of urgency around influence …right now, at this very moment be influential for God’s Kingdom.
The time for influence is… now.
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Influence is the pillar we are focused on this month. Spencer Frazier, SVP for Sales at J.B. Hunt brought a powerful message to our Eight to Five gathering last Friday. He continues his teaching in our blog for the month of December.
Workmatters first pillar of faith at work is Relationship…abiding with God at work. Everything starts there doesn’t it?
Last week we discussed the pillar Influence. One of the keys to how we influence others is to choose to let God influence us first. We need to lean into our Relationship with Him. But how do we do that at work, specifically if we are faced with a challenging situation and we are just not sure what to do?
Listening to Andy Stanley the other day gave me some insight. He said following the crowd may be easy, but their noise may filter the reality or voice of God. Instead, he said to seek God’s influence or to hear God speaking to us, we should listen to our most trusted advisors. Each of us have a small group of people we are plugged into for advice. If they are aligned with God, we can Trust we will be influenced by the right voices and their light can help guide us to make the right decision.
The Message version of Proverbs 16:13 says… Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth.
Their influence matters.
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