Communication meltdown February 27, 2014Posted by thehutch in ponderings.
Tags: communication, leader, leadership, manager, speaking, speech
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Have you ever been in a situation where the discussion has involved the lack of communication? Yes? It would be quite surprising if you had not. However, it is also illuminating to know that often the criticism regarding communication is usual poor/bad communication too.
If you hear someone say, “I have not been told!”, this can also mean any of the following;
‘I knew from someone else but it was not you that told me’
‘I had been told from someone else but I wanted to hear it from someone higher in the chain of authority’
‘I saw it an email chain but nobody physically told me’
‘I may have overheard it in a conversation between others but I was a bystander’
‘I may have been told but have forgotten’
….and so the list could go on.
Communication is an art….it is not just about speaking/communicating the words but also understanding how they will be received.
Good Quote Friday February 14, 2014Posted by thehutch in quotes.
Tags: coaching, leader, leadership, management, quote, quotes, thoughts
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What Matters Most….? February 13, 2014Posted by thehutch in basketball, quotes.
Tags: basketball, leadership, phil jackson, strength, winning
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“What matters most is playing the game the right way and having the courage to grow, as human beings as well as basketball players. When you do that, the ring takes care of itself.”
Being Christ to our neighbour February 12, 2014Posted by thehutch in Ponderings, thoughts.
Tags: action, church, de young, discipleship, evangelism, gibert, gospel, mercy ministry, mission, simple, thoughts
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There are so many discussions/arguments amongst folk at present on ‘gospel ministry’, ‘mercy ministry’, ‘good works’ etc. etc. etc. To call it a battle ground would be to give these discussions too much credit but they are having an impact on the work of the Church and its people, particularly in respect to its evangelistic endeavours. Much of the debate seems to centre on De Young and Gilberts book, What is the Mission of the Church? which has drawn a position that ‘mercy ministry’ is something we may do rather than what we must do – it is not an equal partner with evangelism and disciple making.
Whilst I understand this viewpoint, I see things in a slightly different way. My hand gets cold in winter and so I wear a glove……if I didn’t, I may get frostbite and then my hand would not function well, the glove enables me to maintain health and to function well. The glove on its own is very nice but remains a glove. So it is with ‘mercy ministry’ – anyone can do it, you don’t need to be a Christian, but when the church engages with it – everything begins to function as it ought and people then begin to see Christ and the Church as it was intended. My conservative evangelical friends will say that I am being oversimplistic but my reading of the Scriptures forces me to share the gospel in word and deed, in every situation and as Luther said;
“It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbour”.
Appealing to a Higher Vision February 8, 2014Posted by thehutch in quotes, Uncategorized.
Tags: higher, john maxwell, thoughts, vision
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“People don’t buy newspapers. They buy news. It isn’t glasses that are purchased; it’s better vision. Women who spend big bucks for cosmetics are really trying to buy good looks. Millions of drills have been sold; yet not a single person wanted one. They are buying holes. Diet books are not sold by publicizing the evils and risks of being overweight; they’re sold by ads depicting how attractive one can become by shedding a few pounds. Athletes do not go through the agony of practice and training to avoid losing; they do it to make the team and be a winner. Appealing to a higher vision is simply helping others become not only what they are capable of becoming, but what they really want to become.” John Maxwell
What is our higher vision? On whom are our eyes fixed?
Wisdom for all people February 4, 2014Posted by thehutch in Uncategorized.
Tags: ken blanchard, life, making a difference, quote, thoughts, wisdom
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Some wisdom works in every scenario – for parents, youth leaders, managers, bosses, vicars, in fact, for anyone! One of those pieces of wisdom is from Ken Blanchard;
“Catch people doing things right“
Just a simple thing but so important. We live in a society were we love to find the mistakes, pinpoint failure and highlight error, yet one of the most important things we can do for another individual is to catch them doing something right. This is more than faint praise or general thank yous’ but a specific ‘well done’.
Can you think of a time when you were thanked, encouraged or praised for doing something right? How did it make you feel? Imagine if we escalated this and used our time to do the positive work before the negative, what a difference it may make in the lives of others.
Let’s start catching people out by catching them doing things right and see what transpires.
“Am I Missing Something?” – Ruth Roberts (book review) January 29, 2014Posted by thehutch in books.
Tags: am i missing something, book, book review, christianity, faith, review, ruth roberts
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Reading the book Am I Missing Something which is also subtitled “Christianity through the eyes of a new believer” was quite fun. As someone who has been a Christian for a number of years, it is very easy to forget what a challenge our faith and it’s practices can be like for those who are new to its strange ways. Ruth Roberts, a journalist, has an easy style of writing and in a wonderfully conversational way deals with the “Christianity that seems constantly at war with itself” whilst having made “a commitment to God…..to try to find Jesus and keep my eyes fixed on him”.
The book is simple, yet effective, in reminding us how ‘odd’ our church practices and beliefs can seem to those who are not familiar and it resonates with how many of my friends feel at my church and my beliefs. Ruth does not give theological answers but shares her own experiences and how she overcame some of the tensions. My favourite story was when Ruth was challenging herself to be more proactive in her witness, felt guilty for not being as upfront as she felt she ought but saw a great response as she sat silently with someone and their response was “thank you for noticing me”, a precious moment.
I was given this book by Ruth in a twitter giveaway, not a book that I would necessarily have chosen but one that prompted me to think differently, I enjoyed it as a refreshing reminder as we look to disciple new believers in the church. Ruth’s honesty and openness was appreciated and I imagine her thoughts and feelings would be shared by many who have begun their new life in Christ.
As a collection of shorter articles for Christianity magazine, this book is the completed selection.
Face Value – a forgotten thing? December 18, 2013Posted by thehutch in ponderings.
Tags: actions, attitudes
We are living in a judgemental world and we are all guilty of falling in to its trap, we like to label people, we like conspiracy theories and we love to ‘lord it over’ others…..and this is just the Christian populace! One thing we may not be so good at is taking things at face value – sometimes people’s action are simply that, an action, an action for actions sake.
It is possible that someone tweeted a good quote because it’s a good quote rather than trying to teach/complain/have a dig/get one up on others.
It is possible that the compliment someone paid is because they were being kind rather than seeking to get in your good books.
It is possible that the comment made was to share a thought rather than for malicious reasons.
I wonder what would happen if we took things at face value for a day. Would we find a better environment? Maybe. It may just be that we would think of people in a better light if we tried to do that more often. I am going to try and make an effort to see what happens. Could be fun.
More advent reflections on Joseph December 14, 2013Posted by thehutch in ponderings.
Tags: advent, adventbookclub, bible, joseph, scripture
Thrown into this prison cell
Through no fault of my own
Honouring my master
Yet from him no mercy shown
What can I do? what’s next for me?
The answers yet unknown.
It’s possible to languish
In this dark and painful place
Or try and make it bearable
And provide for hope a space
The seeds of promise have been sown
Helping others in their pain
Alas sorrows continue
And still in solitude I remain
Driving on and moving forward, Where is God in this?
Have I been long forgotten and are my cries a silent wish?
Longing and waiting, for there must be better days
But they are hidden from us, they are God’s mysterious ways.
Help me from my prison cell, dear God that is my desire
Rekindle the dying embers
Make a spark, a roaring fire.
There’s more than this, there’s more to see, tell me God what you require