Value the dissenting voices November 19, 2015Posted by thehutch in leadership.
Tags: dissent, dynamics, ldadership, opposition, prophet, team, teamwork, voice
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So often, Christian leaders are looking for the team to have total agreement. Whilst we need unity in decision making, we must place greater value in those that challenge the status quo. Dissenting voices may not be right but they help to sharpen us. There are times they are right and we need to change. Whichever, we need to take them seriously as an ally and not as a threat.
Do not despise the dissenting voice, heed the words, reflect and then decide. You will be stronger for it.
Presentation Dilemma October 21, 2015Posted by thehutch in Ponderings.
Tags: aid, powerpoint, presentation, speech, support, visual
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One of the challenges of any presentation is the use of visual aids, do we use them or not. Today, powerpoint is in constant use and there is rarely an indoor presentation that does not have some form of electronic media to accompany it. However, not everyone is won over by powerpoint and its virtues, usually because they have witnessed more poor presenations than positive ones.
There is one school of thought that says that visuals distract from the message and that the only visual required is that of the message bearer…..you are the visual identity. Others scream for slide decks of quotes, images and text that support the speech bearer. Which route is best? Oratory skill is sadly lacking today and the need for visual is usually because the skill of oratory has been neglected or under developed…truth is, go with whatever helps the message stick with your listeners. What message do you seek to convey? Does the visual aid support or detract from this message? Answering these questions will help you determine the best approach.
Quotes October 19, 2015Posted by thehutch in quotes.
Tags: church, leader, leadership, proverbs, qutes, twitter, wisdom
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“I hate the way people use PowerPoint instead of thinking” Steve Jobs
“We are all on the same team. Family doesn’t shoot family.” @kevezell.
“There may be times when we’re powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest” Elie Wiesel
“We are drowning in information, but starved for knowledge” John Naisbilt
“Preach from your scars, not your wounds…” Nadia Bolz-Weber
Values and Culture October 18, 2015Posted by thehutch in leadership.
Tags: charity, culture, leadership, matt blumberg, organisation, values
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Found this little nugget in my notebook but have lost the reference to who wrote it…..big apologies…..but felt it was still worth sharing.
“My advice to leaders: Don’t cling to every aspect of the way your business works as you scale up. Stick to your core values, but recognize that you need to lead (or at least be ok with) the evolution of your culture, just as you would lead (or be ok with) the evolution of your product. But be sure you’re sticking to your values, and not compromising them just because the organization scales and work patterns need to change. A leader’s job is to embody the values. That impacts/produces/guides culture. But only the foolhardy leaders think they can control culture.”
Found the writer…..it was Matt Blumberg….thank you Matt
Blue Sky Thinking or Grey Sky Management August 24, 2015Posted by thehutch in leadership.
Tags: blue sky, dreaming, future, ideas, leadership, management, meeting, thinking, vision
We have all been in meetings when we have been encouraged to think ‘outside the box’, ‘use a blank sheet of paper’ and ‘blue sky dream’. They are nothing new. However, the success of these meetings is dependent upon the attendees, the preparation and the ability to listen. Blue sky thinking quickly deteriorates into a rainy day when the managers begin to see the problems too soon and the potential for new things is swamped by the clouds of past failings. Setting up these meetings well is so important.
Here are a few steps that may help;
- Determine who will attend – these meetings need more creatives than managers. You want ideas to flow without restraint, in the initial stages, and therefore require the big thinkers.
- Guard the ‘rules of the meeting’ – the chair of the meeting needs to ensure that all voices are heard. However, this is not enough, the chair of the meeting must also ensure that clouds are not allowed to form – stay strong in this.
- Every new idea matters – there is nothing in blue sky thinking that should be out of bounds, the limitations come in the next stages of discussion.
- Positive energy – the meeting should be positive thinking, leave the negative views at the door.
- Reward the thinkers – rewards take all shapes and forms but we need to credit those who come up with new ideas, they are the lifeblood of any organisation and prevent stagnation. If we value these people, they will continue to contribute to the benefit of everyone. They are often taking a big personal risk in sharing their ideas.
- Listen well – attendees must listen to absorb what is said. Then ideas can flourish – we often listen to argue with what is said, this is not listening, it is combat!
There are many more that could be added to the list, these are just for starters…..keep dreaming!
Prayer in Abundance July 6, 2015Posted by thehutch in church.
Tags: koreans, london, ndop, prayer
Elisabeth Elliot Quotes June 15, 2015Posted by thehutch in quotes.
Tags: auca, auca indians, christian, church, ecuador, elisabeth elliot, elliot, faith, jim elliot, missionary
Elisabeth Elliot died today. It was her story, and that of Jim, who helped shape the story of my teenage Christian years. Here are some of her greatest quotes:
“Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.”
“Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you.”
“Faith is not an instinct. It certainly is not a feeling—feelings don’t help much when you’re in the lions’ den or hanging on a wooden Cross. Faith is not inferred from the happy way things work. It is an act of will, a choice, based on the unbreakable Word of God who cannot lie, and who showed us what love and obedience and sacrifice mean, in the person of Jesus Christ.”
Nasmith Quote June 13, 2015Posted by thehutch in quotes.
Tags: city mission, evangelism, london, mission, nasmith
“I desire to find the right path, and walk in it, by night, in sunshine and cloud, in storm
and calm. The Lord being my helper, I go on. I know it is all in love. I am in my Father’s hands.” David Nasmith
Durante Quote June 13, 2015Posted by thehutch in quotes.
Tags: dream, durante, hillsong, quote, team, vision
Zig Ziglar Quote June 11, 2015Posted by thehutch in quotes.
Tags: born to win, leadership, management, quote, quotes, win, zig ziglar
“the Will, Skill, and Refill philosophy is a foundation of all of our personal and corporate training. This is how it works: Will—this is the “want to.” This is the heart, the desire, the attitude, the passion that people have. Skill—this is the “how to.” This is the skill, the process, the technical expertise that people have. Refill—this is reinforcing the Will and Skill. There is no such thing as “one and done” training and development. Will and Skill must be developed and reinforced daily”
Zig Ziglar “Born to Win”