- Set clear boundaries to protect pastors and staff from affairs. "'It began in counseling.' Sometimes the word 'transference' is used to describe what can happen in counseling. The counselor or counselee becomes the object of attraction instead of one's spouse. One or both of the parties see the other as something his or her spouse should be" ("Seven Warning Signs of Affairs for Pastors and Other Staff," by Thom Rainer, thomrainer.com).
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- Staff Infections. "According to a new OfficeTeam survey, seven in 10 (70 percent) professionals admitted they frequently go to work when they're feeling sick. And managers are aware of this issue: Sixty-five percent said that ailing employees head into the office at least somewhat frequently" ("The Work Bug," OfficeTeam, roberthalf.com).
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- Before you hire a consultant. Five potential problems emerge when businesses hire consultants. Churches might stand to gain by probing prospective consultants on these fronts, too:
- They substitute perception for reality. "If your consultant traffics heavily in high-level theories and complex concepts, it might be worth your while to raise an eyebrow."
- They sidestep tactics. "Many consultants are experts at burying an absence of real tactical advice under many layers of fancy-sounding fluff."
- They put their brand before yours.
- They rely on the tried-and-true.
- They present themselves as experts ... on everything.
("5 Ways Consultants Can Kill Your Business," by Michael Schein, Inc.)
Do as Nehemiah did. Take time to pause, reflect, evaluate, and make mid-course corrections. Evaluation helps you do the following:
- See your progress
- Identify solutions for obstacles and challenges
- Celebrate what has been accomplished
- Rest and recharge
- Identify needed resources
- Make shifts in strategy and planning
- Rally the troops
- Recast the vision
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