Posted in Faith and Work, Faith at work, Leadership, Purpose, Vision, Work, tagged faith at work, leadership, mission, Work on November 30, 2012 |
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For nine years, WorkMatters’ mission – to bridge the gap between faith and work – was perfect.
But not anymore! Churches are beginning to get it. Books have been written. Marketplace ministries are emerging. Universities are beginning to teach it. Simply bridging the gap is no longer good enough.
So this year, as we approach our 10th anniversary in 2013, we have changed our mission to closing the gap between faith and work. I know, it’s only one word, but it’s an enormous change in our focus.
Now we must push into the next generation. We must push beyond just sitting in rows at events where we learn – to sitting in circles in groups where we grow. We must continue to encourage each other. And increasingly, we must equip each other to actually live biblical leadership principles in our work and then export those principles to others in the process.
So our mission to “close the gap between faith and work” is both timely and intentional. In the coming weeks, you will be introduced to some cool new opportunities from WorkMatters. Opportunities that can take your work and your faith to a place of increasing purpose and significance.
Our passion is to help you live a Matthew 22:37-39* life at work in 2013. Are you ready?
* Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’…”
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Posted in Attitude, Encouragement, Excellence, Faith and Work, Leadership, Work, tagged Attitude, boredom at work, Contentment, drudgery at work, Excellence, Faith, faith at work, leadership, ordinary, Work on October 16, 2012 |
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Are there tasks in your job that you just don’t enjoy doing? Are you biding your time waiting for something better? Do you have days at work that are so routine or even boring to you? Days where you’d rather be anywhere but at work?
Do have days at work that are boring to you?
No matter what job you have, there are parts of it that you probably consider ordinary or drudgery. We all crave for exciting jobs which align perfectly with our passions. Truth is, even if you had the perfect job there will be days where you just don’t feel it. So, the challenge is, how do you handle those days and those responsibilities in your job with a positive, upbeat attitude? What does your character reveal about you during those times? How do you survive the ordinary of your job?
My son is on the 8th grade junior high football team. As a receiver, he rotates with other receivers for playing time. For someone who typically played every down during youth football, this has been an adjustment. He practices four hours a day and when he plays a game he may or may not have the ball thrown to him or even get that much playing time offensively. It’s easy to see how frustration or drudgery could set in. We talked to him about his responsibilities as a receiver, how the coaches pay attention to his attitude, about being a leader even if he’s not playing and always being upbeat and motivated no matter what. Sometimes it’s hard to maintain that attitude through all those hours of practice, to play his best every down in practice and in the game – all while waiting for that pass to come his way.
Do you sometimes feel that way at work? Do you struggle with keeping an upbeat and motivated attitude in the midst of the ordinary tasks at work? Are you waiting for that big promotion, or big sale or recognition from your boss? If so, think about the principles below:
- Your actions reveal your character. How you handle the ordinary times of your job reveals a lot about your character. I recently read in My Utmost for His Highest, “The true test of a person’s character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening.
- If Jesus did menial work, so can you. “So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.” John 13: 4-5
- God’s hand is in the ordinary. Oswald Chamber in My Utmost for His Highest wrote “I must realize that my obedience even in the smallest detail of life has all of the omnipotent power of the grace of God behind it. If I will do my duty, not for duty’s sake but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience all of the magnificent grace of God is mine through the glorious atonement by the Cross of Christ.
- Just do it. “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Cor 10:31
By the way, that pass my son’s been waiting for was thrown to him in last week’s game – a 40 yard pass for a touchdown! All that practice and hard work and motivation paid off for just such a time as this. Now back to practice…
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Posted in Bible, Encouragement, Faith, Faith and Work, Leadership, Relationships, Small Groups, tagged Encouragement, Faith, faith at work, Influence, leadership, Relationship, Seven Pillars, Small Groups, Work on September 13, 2012 |
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There are so many things that you can do to grow as a leader. To grow in your faith. Most of them are good. But what are the things that will have the most impact? A real, lasting impact?
I was reminded of an answer to that question this week as 62 leaders committed 60 minutes to sit in a circle. Well, actually they were sitting in a rectangle around large conference room tables. 62 men and women, in five different marketplace groups, from companies across northwest Arkansas invested 60 minutes to begin a journey. For 13 weeks, they will learn biblical leadership lessons from one of the great leaders of the Bible…Nehemiah!
I received an email from one of our WorkMatters Group leaders that met at 6:00a.m. yesterday! The anticipation these women expressed was powerful.
How encouraging to see all ten chairs around the table in the Harvest board room filled with women yearning to:
- plug into a Bible study for the first time since college
- meet other women in business
- learn practical ways to have my faith be part of my life at work and not be separated from the rest of my activities
- put God first even though I’m not a morning person and it won’t be easy as a single mom
Have you considered sitting in a circle with a small group of leaders that can create a lasting impact in your life and you in theirs?
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1Thessalonians 5:11
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I received this email today from a young man who serves on the leadership team of our young professionals marketplace ministry, ENGAGE. It is a powerful example of how a simple gesture can have timeless influence. Maybe we should all stop after reading this post and pay this idea forward! Are you up for it?
We just found out that our CEO passed away early this morning. He had been fighting cancer for almost five years.
He did some amazing things for our company in the almost ten years that he was our CEO. Not only did he grow our business, but he invested in many different company-wide programs in an effort to help employees grow both personally and professionally. He even took the time, three years ago, to write a short congratulatory letter to a young engineer for a miniscule accomplishment that he had noticed in the newspaper. A letter that still hangs on that young engineer’s fridge to this day.
The power of influence is mighty.
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Today is National Day of Prayer. I can’t share a more fitting post today than the email I received this morning from Sam Bates, my teammate at WorkMatters. Tomorrow 125,000 leaders will assemble in 800 locations around the world to grow as leaders at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast.
WorkMatters is hosting three sites this year, two in northwest Arkansas and one at WorkMatters Marietta (GA). Over 2,200 leaders will participate in our WorkMatters Leadercasts! We are so excited and so blessed to be used by God in this powerful way to help build more purposeful leaders. And, we are grateful to be able to partner with such a humble and excellent organization as GiANT Impact, who delivers the Leadercast. Here is Sam’s message:
I wanted to let you know how grateful we have been for the prayers all of you have offered over these past couple of weeks. It is such a comfort to know that others are lifting us up in prayer during this busy time.
It’s hard to believe that all these months of work will come together tomorrow. We have exceeded last year’s ticket sales now in Rogers, Ar and have surpassed our goal for ticket sales in your first year of hosting the Leadercast in Fayetteville, Ar. We have more volunteers (100) than ever before serving and have had incredible Leadership teams helping us in so many ways. It’s good to pause for just a moment in the middle of the crazy busy details of the Leadercast and reflect on all that God has allowed us to accomplish.
WorkMatters has a location in Marietta, Georgia as well that is hosting the Leadercast. They have blown the roof off their goals as well and are now “standing room only” with well over 500 in attendance. Praise God!!
If you would just continue to pray today for all the many details to come together for all locations, especially for our brand new location in Fayetteville and our friends in Marietta, Ga we would be grateful. Please pray that some will experience life change and will draw closer to the Father as a result of attending tomorrow.
We are very excited about tomorrow and truly looking forward to a great day!
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Posted in Adversity, Honesty, Influence, Integrity, Leadership, Relationships, Vision, Wisdom, tagged Courage, Culture, Encouragement, Fear, Forgiveness, Influence, Inspiration, Integrity, leadership, purpose, Relationship, success, Work on April 12, 2012 |
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The last seven days have yielded one of the most powerful displays of leadership that I have ever witnessed. Even if you are not a sports fan, you have likely heard the recent saga of University of Arkansas Football Coach Bobby Petrino. While there are undoubtedly critical lessons we need to learn from Coach Petrino’s story, the REAL leadership story is found in University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long.
This is a story of a leader who found himself in what most people described as a “no-win” situation. Jeff Long had an employee on his team who was an incredible performer. He had achieved almost superstar status from his “customers”. Revenue was at an all-time high largely due to this employee. The national buzz was off the charts and the future looked even brighter than the past. This is a story that we often see in the marketplace, isn’t it? As the leader, what do you do? The only thing riding on the decision is the psyche of a state, a potential national championship and the near-term future of the University of Arkansas.
A good case could be made for forgiveness with discipline. Let’s keep the train on the tracks. Let’s do what most other leaders do. Let’s do what the “world” tells us to do. That is NOT what Jeff Long chose to do.
I have included the full press conference here. If you haven’t seen it, please take time to watch it. You will be amazed. If you have seen it, I encourage you to watch it again. But this time, watch it with your leadership eyes. Go to school on what you see here from a courageous leader.
Here’s a sampling of the leadership lessons I learned:
- Integrity - Doing the right thing, is never the wrong thing.
- Wisdom and Courage - have the wisdom to know what to do, and the courage to do it.
- Compassion - his heart is deeply connected to the mission. He hurt for everyone who lost in this situation (especially the players).
- Details - a great leader is willing to understand and execute.
- Decisiveness - his assuredness created a persuasive confidence in the masses.
- Vision - communicating the future state with confidence creates emotion and commitment.
- Choices - as leaders we face them everyday. Are we willing to do the right thing no matter what the outcome?
- Excuses – it was never about Jeff Long. You can only imagine the turmoil he went through.
- Passion - do we really care about the mission and purpose of our work?
- Influence - last…our work is a platform for influence. Jeff Long made the hard choice. The by-product is an impact in thousands of peoples lives that you can have honor and integrity.
Thanks Jeff…for giving us hope. For allowing your life at work to be a bright light for the rest of us.
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Many times we rush into a new week after a super hectic weekend with way more on our plate than what we might have remembered being there on Friday. Most of the time, all that work stuff that we thought we would get done early Saturday morning or maybe Sunday evening gets taken over by all the other priorities of the weekend. Well, I guess that is often how I feel entering Monday morning. Is it just me?
As I enter this new week, I find that I have many competing priorities and most of them feel like they need to get done immediately. There are times when it seems that it all needs to get done, but often times I get lost in trying to make the decision of what to do first. (Guess I need to read Steven Covey’s “First Things First” again…). Yes, I know that I need to focus on the most important things and not necessarily just what seems most urgent. I sometimes however, need help knowing which is which because that often changes from week to week.
Our Lord is once again waiting and wondering why I don’t just ask Him about it. He sees the big picture as opposed to our perspective of not even seeing the next step and will most willingly be our guide if we would just submit to his leadership. Our plans should be His plans, therefore, we are most likely out of step with His will if we don’t seek Him in regards to our priorities.
Hopefully you will take some time today at the beginning of another super busy work week and step back to ask for His direction and for His clarity. As the day/week progresses this constant seeking of guidance will make a huge difference in how you get it all done this week. You will most likely look back at the end of the week and see that somehow you accomplished much more than you thought you would AND you will realize where your help came from.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. Luke 12:31
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Is it possible to change your life in one day? Absolutely! I know because it happened to me.
Nine years ago I made a choice. I chose to attend a leadership simulcast at my church. I did it because I love to learn and grow as a leader. I was VP of Sales/Marketing at J.B. Hunt Transport in northwest Arkansas and I needed all of the leadership wisdom and insight I could get. What I didn’t realize was that God had a bigger agenda for me that day.
At the close of the leadership simulcast, an announcement was made. A new marketplace ministry, focused on bridging the gap between faith and work, was launched. Approximately 18 months later, I became the first employee of this new non-profit organization called WorkMatters!
Since that day, WorkMatters has remained committed to this ONE DAY of leadership development. Because we believe that this one day can make an impact in your life and in the lives of those you work with.
Welcome to the 9th annual WorkMatters Chick-fil-A Leadercast. If you have attended before, you know that the 10 speakers are extraordinary leaders.
Yes…ONE DAY can change (and will) change your life. I hope you will take advantage of this rare opportunity for you and your team. It will likely be the best investment you will make this year.
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Rob Hey continues to share his thoughts this month on how we can serve more effectively at work.
It is amazing to see people around the office that will step up and serve when the time calls for it. We all have talents and gifts that can be used in powerful ways if we will just decide that serving is a priority and open our eyes to the opportunities that present themselves all over the workplace. These opportunities can come from all kinds of directions. Let me share a story with you about someone I work with who was a real inspiration to me in this way.
We all remember the tornado that went through Joplin, MO last year as if it were yesterday. It was one of those moments in life you will always remember what you were doing when you heard about the devastation so close to home. The next day at the office, so many people were asking, “what can we do”? Several wanted to immediately drive to Joplin to help with the recovery effort, yet nobody was really sure how to get started or what to do. After listening quietly to all the concern throughout the day, one of our associates, John, asked if he could talk to me in my office. John lives in Monett, MO, very close to Joplin, and had served as a Missouri State Trooper in a previous career. In a very short amount of time, John showed me a plan he had put on paper of how many volunteers we would need around the clock to feed emergency workers in downtown Joplin. The plan included supplies, location, emergency phone numbers, vehicles, and everything else that would have us serving food within a couple of hours. Once the plan was in place, the volunteers were assembled and a schedule was put together allowing us to serve food in Joplin for the next two weeks.
What started as concern and a lot of uncertainty, quickly turned into action when one person stepped up with a plan. Over the next two weeks, our entire office staff had taken time out of their schedule to serve emergency workers in Joplin.
Many times in our day-to-day routine, it just takes someone to step up and provide the leadership necessary to make something happen. So many people around you want to help serve others, yet they don’t know where to start. As you start to respond to these opportunities, your co-workers will be inspired by the example you set and serving others can become a common part of your workplace experience.
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Posted in Influence, Leadership, Mentoring, Serve, Seven Pillars of Faith and Work, tagged faith at work, giant impact, pillars of faith, spheres of influence, true influence on December 21, 2011 |
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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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