Posted in Balance, Calling, Faith and Work, God, Job Search, Marriage, Relationships, Stress, tagged Fear, Job, New Job, Prayer, relationships at work, work/life balance on February 20, 2013 |
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How long has it been since you started a new job? Before you make that big move to the next thing you feel “called to”, let’s consider a few simple truths.
I was reminded of this when a young professional friend who I co-lead a Leadership@Work Nehemiah Study with, started a new job on Tuesday. Josh Richardson moved from a global corporation serving Wal-Mart, to a super cool, high growth small company, also serving Wal-Mart. Talk about a 180. Here was his tweet yesterday: Day 1 at the new job was amazing – better than I could have ever imagined. Praise God for his sovereign timing, purpose, and design!
Josh’s experience reminded me of the sometimes bitter sweet experience of changing jobs. Here are a few simple ideas to consider:
- Commit to a six month increase in work life focus – before you say yes to the new gig that you are so excited about, make sure you deal with this reality. Your work life WILL need more focus and time. This is especially critical if you are married and/or have children.
- Finish strong where you are – in both execution and relationships.
- Enjoy powerful growth with God - because He makes things ”brand new” (Isaiah 48:7) in a new job, fear and anxiety can be very real. It’s a perfect season to sit daily in His lap.
- Be hyper focused – focus with intensity to build new relationships, learn the business, and find small opportunities to add value to the business.
- Enjoy the new adventure - it will be stressful, but it will also be an exciting adventure of personal, spiritual and relational growth!
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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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Posted in Faith and Work, God, Jesus, Relationships, Seven Pillars of Faith and Work, tagged Abide, Busyness, Enemy, Faith, Fear, Guilt, Pillars, Relationship, Seven Pillars, Work on September 14, 2011 |
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As we discuss the Relationship Pillar and this idea of abiding with God at work, the first question has to be…why don’t we do it?
We talked about this question in several discussion groups at last week’s Eight to Five event. Here are some answers:
- Fear - it could cost us something… relationship, $, promotion, job!
- Busyness - #1 reason? We are going 100 mph all day long.
- Enemy - you think?
- Guilt – can’t live up to it; I don’t need that remorse.
- Don’t think about it - literally, we just don’t think about God at work.
What do you see in yourself or others that keeps us from abiding with God at work?
Be thinking about this powerful truth:
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me [abide] and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
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