Why? January 18, 2016Posted by thehutch in personal, ponderings, Uncategorized.
Tags: balance, musings, people, questions, relationship, thoughts, work
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Have you ever wondered why people do the things they do? Tell me, why do some people;
- phone me to ask if I have read their email? – just do one or the other, not both, you are duplicating workload.
- leave a phone message to ask me to call back when they could just leave a better message? – this is just lazy and adding unnecessarily to workload
- read their presentation directly from notes and give you the handout? – just give me the handout. If you do a presentation then add life to the written page.
- pay for a gym membership to do step training, yet do not walk up escalators? – one is free, the other extortionate
- attend a concert, make a poor recording on their phone and then buy a professional recording to watch? – ignore the poor recording and engage in the concert
There are many, many more but these were the first few that came to mind. What would you add to the list?
Tags: alpha, alpha international, archbishop, cardinal, Htb, jo malone, justin welby, leader, leadership conference, vincent nichols
The morning session kicks off with some traditional choral worship before embarking on the usual worship central set, A new song was in the mix that could well be an anthem in the summer festivals and beyond.
Interview with Jo Malone
Despite a tough upbringing, with determination, all things are possible. Came to faith listening to Jackie Pullinger. Sometimes the thing that comes at you to destroy you, is the thing to make you. (reference to cancer). There are many things that I can’t do but I can create fragrances like nobody else in the world. Gone back to the thing that ‘I can do” – similarities with what Robert Madu said yesterday. When everything is stripped from you, does potential exist in you? Do you have the right to recreate yourself? Where do you start? Three things – passion, resilience and creativity. Its nobody elses responsibility to make your dreams happen – its yours! (cf Jesse Owens story).
There is a need to surround yourself with the right people. Innovation comes from inspiration and this comes from the people that you surround yourself with. Everybody has moments where they are wrong and mess up – successful people are resilient and push through. Plan A changes from moment to moment and the failures help us – we need ears to listen to other people.
Inspiration – Innovation – Integrity – Ignition – Instinct – the compass to successful business and life
Interview with Cardinal Vincent Nichols – joined by Archbishop Welby
a short introduction to his life and a recognition of God’s guidance in his life. Key moment when receiving a letter saying ‘keep your hand to the plough’ – no ide who the sender was, apart from the fact that he was a priest. Prayer is important but you must find a way and a place that suits you, be faithful in it and also try to be adventurous (different methodologies). What does it mean to be human? This is a challenging question that must be aligned with Christian faith – with the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Key lessons in leadership: single most important thing is the quality of the relationships with those you work with. This is more important than the projects we are working on. Much of the leadership is currently with the clergy – greater similarity to family life than business life. Leadership exercise is a judgement on how far you can push someone without damaging the relationship. There needs to be a real bond between people in order to exercise leadership successfully within the catholic church.
Pope Francis – wants Bishops to be men who ‘smell of the sheep’ – looking for people who will exercise leadership with an understanding of life – in the poor places, the marginalised groups.
We learn a lot from failure – we can shy away from people who have failed, this is often a mistake, especially if they have learned from them. It is then that we can become wiser and stronger.
Justin Welby joined the interview; a high priority is for the Lords renewal of the Church and this will be done in prayer. In prayer we can be reminded of both unity and division. We need to see unity across our divisions in order that we may see Jesus honoured in our world.
Between Justin and Vincent – there is an implicit trust with one another. There is real progress in seeing churches work together and the relationship is growing (eg the trafficking projects) because their is a ‘wind behind us and we are just setting the sails’.
A deep commitment to human relationship, particularly the poor and those on the edge.
Welby; The things that destroy peace are not the external events but the internal – divisions within the church. We destroy the peace of the church and its ability to be peacemaker when we fight one another.
There is a need for people to see unity, it is visible symbols that will brek into the lives of people. We cripple our witness when we are not united, people need to see the church united, this is how we will see the world brought face to face with Jesus Christ.
Assurance of salvation January 19, 2015Posted by thehutch in Ponderings, Uncategorized.
Tags: beach mission, bible, devotion
latest facebook devotional for Emmanuel Beach Team
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1 John 5:11-12 (NIV)
If you were to buy an autograph or an artefact, it is likely to come with a certificate of authenticity. This is the guarantee that what has been bought is genuine and it ensures that the buyer can have confidence in the item being bought. We often want to know that the results of our work our good, we want to know our destination.
So it is with our faith, how can we know that we are saved? How can we know that we have eternal life? Our certificate of authenticity is Jesus. He guarantees our life, ensures life and it is all assured- Jesus certificate is sealed with his blood and cannot be rescinded. How wonderful a thing this is.
If you have Jesus, you have life. Guaranteed!
Love…. November 13, 2014Posted by thehutch in personal, Uncategorized.
Tags: love, pain, sorrow
“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” Leo Tolstoy
Unlike the song, loving is not easy. In fact it is hard, painful, messy, costly but it is also joyous, wonderful and exhilarating. I never forget being accused of ‘loving too much’ in reference to a team that I was leading. They meant this negatively but thankfully, I received it in a positive light. It was meant in a negative form as they believed that by loving my team, the hard questions would not be asked.
They missed the point – the hard questions were asked BECAUSE I loved the team. It was a necessary part of loving. Love is a two sided coin, hurt and pain on one side, joy and hope on the other. The good news is that love is a special gift and one that can be experienced by all people.
If you lead a team – love them and recognise that love can be costly but it will also be most rewarding.
Temporal Arteritis September 8, 2014Posted by thehutch in personal, Uncategorized.
Tags: arteritis, blindness, doctor, giant cell arteritis, headache, sickness, temporal arteritis
Temporal Arteritis, otherwise known as Giant Cell Arteritis, is a disease that can regularly cause blindness unless treated very quickly. If diagnosed quickly, eyesight can be saved and the treatment is not difficult, the hardest thing is quick diagnosis.
Symptoms of giant cell arteritis may include headaches, jaw muscle pain while eating and vision loss, sometimes this may be accompanied by weight loss and prolonged tiredness. Getting immediate attention is important because it can lead to blindness or severe visual impairment but the treatment is as simple as taking steroids although there may be need to take them on a long term basis, even years.
I have only recently become aware of this because of a family member who had the symptoms but it was not diagnosed by medics as quickly as we would have liked and it looks as if blindness is the consequence. The same happened for a neighbour and it seems as if it may be more common than I realised. It is always worth a visit to a GP if you have worries…..getting checked is always better than ignoring it, otherwise your life could be transformed…not always for the better.
Good Quote Friday April 25, 2014Posted by thehutch in quotes, Uncategorized.
Tags: coaching, leadership, management, mentoring, recognition, relationship
Unfortunately, I have forgotten which book these first quotes came from – will try and recover those details and will amend
“A mentor is an acknowledged expert who is able to share experiences, past successes and failings in a manner that builds trust”
“Mentoring is an experience, not a destination”
“Recognise behaviours as well as results”
“Recognition is inexpensive – lack of recognition can be costly”
“People must be taught how to think, not what to think” – Margaret Mead
Diving (with quote) March 11, 2014Posted by thehutch in Uncategorized.
Appealing to a Higher Vision February 8, 2014Posted by thehutch in quotes, Uncategorized.
Tags: higher, john maxwell, thoughts, vision
“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
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.