1. Break the shackles of "performancism." "Every one of us (especially church leaders) is addicted to performancism. Yes, I know that's not technically a word. But performancism is a certain mindset that equates our identity and value with our performance. My appearance, my intelligence, how my kids turn out, my reputation, my achievements—these things become synonymous with my worth. Successes add to my worth; failures subtract. This mindset is wrong. I'm not saying that accomplishments aren't important. There's a big difference between enjoying what we do and depending on it to deliver meaning and worth. ... The answer to this enslaving addiction? The gospel of grace. The gospel is God's announcement that we are now free from having to rescue ourselves by what we do and how well we do it. We are free from the burden to measure up, get it all right, fix ourselves and others" ("Where Are Your Keys," by Tullian Tchividijian,LeadershipJournal.net).
2. Turn interruptions into opportunities. "The laundry list of demands at work keeps growing. Meetings, phone calls, e-mail, texts, videoconferences, and so on. It can feel like there's no time to get 'real work' done. But these interruptions aren't keeping you from work, they are work—and looking at them this way opens up a world of opportunities. Every 'interruption' offers a chance to illuminate an issue, clarify expectations, or resolve a problem. By training yourself to see these moments as real work instead of distractions, you can lead more effectively. When someone interrupts you, listen intently, help frame the issue, and respond with positivity" ("Turn Your Next Interruption into an Opportunity," by Douglas R. Conant, hbr.org).
3. Need a professional boost? Find a mentor. "Are you ready for a mentor? The first step is simple: identify where you would like guidance or help. Here are some starting questions:
- What are your short- and long-term goals?
- What gaps are in your skill set?
- Are you looking to network?
- Do you want to better understand an industry or a department?
- Are you looking for someone to reach out to for occasional advice?
This week's tip is to reflect on where you would like additional support or perspective. Once you have that figured out, you can start to pursue how to connect with the right person or people" ("Take the First Step to Find a Mentor," by Fierce Conversations, fierceinc.com).
4. Don't whine online. "Big Brother really is watching, yet people continue to make the mistake of posting negative comments or gossiping about their employers, supervisors, colleagues, or any other touchy topic. Don't do it—chances are the wrong set of eyes will stumble upon your remarks. A better approach? Count to 10 and consider the consequences" ("The New Rules in the Digital Age," by Robert Half International, roberthalf.com).
5. Motivate staff by supporting new ideas. "When employees come to you with an idea or a solution to a problem they believe is for the betterment of the company, it's a sign that they care. Supporting new ideas and giving an individual the chance to 'run with it' is motivating, whether or not it works out in the end" ("37 Ways to Motivate Your Employees Without Spending a Dime," by Gideon Kimbrell,StartupCollective.com).
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