Hvor er du plassert?

I går fikk jeg en e-post av min gode venn Jim Orred. I ny og ne sender han meg noen refleksjoner. Alltid spennende lesning. Her er mailen jeg fikk i går:

My wife, Judy, likes to say that we’re all on ‘the spectrum’! What does that even mean? My colleague tells the following story of his growth in spiritual leadership:

A trusted prophetic person gave me a word: «God wants to give you a shepherd’s heart.» 

Oh no! I thought, «I don’t want one, and I don’t like that word.»

I am wired for the task and wake up every day wanting to get the job done. 

He describes how he had to learn that any leadership role necessarily included dealing with relational strains and conflicts. Not his favorite thing at all. He did grow in this area, but it will never be his strong suit. Nor should it.

Task-orientation or people-orientation? Everyone falls somewhere on that spectrum. People-oriented or ‘get the job done’-oriented. Think about it: this applies to any part of organized life: family, church, or business.

Apple visionary Steve Jobs was not known from his personal charm. But I’m so glad that he lived, created products like the MacBook Air I’m using as we speak. He was not easy to work closely with. But he led with innovation and created huge successes in business.

The pot can’t say to the potter, ‘I don’t like how you made me.’

But we do. Behind closed doors in our minds. All of us. Maturing happens when we understand and embrace the truth about how we are wired. And how others are.

And when we position ourselves in a fit with others resulting in growth. This means that we will seek more than personal comfort. There will be disagreements, tension, and challenges. 

If you get married, you will find someone different than you. That can create a family. It’s not easy. But the goal is not just to feel good

In any organized group, success only happens when people are joined together. People with diverse talents. 

In the world of team sports, who is the most important person? The star player or the head coach? Is defense or offense more important? Or the media that bring sports into the lives of millions? Without owners and management, you would never have stadiums built, tickets sold, or contracts signed.

Which role is more important: the chief executive of a company or middle management? The research and development team or marketing? Creatives or lawyers?

Then the answer is both/and. Life must be lived in teams, and each role is necessary. Especially yours! You and I will view the world through our particular value system. Your role is vital, and you should feel that your gifts are important. Because they are when seen in a larger context.

Leaders that grow organizations must deal with all of the various people and their strengths and weaknesses. Leaders must cast vision, initiate new things, and work with objectives, strategy, and tactics. But if they don’t create a culture that values people and relationships their success will be short-lived and turbulent.

So my questions to you are: Where are you on the spectrum? And how will you position yourself to join others and make some initiative successful? What do you bring to the table?

The Kingdom is promised to experience exponential growth. This means greater numbers, as well as greater depth. Quantity and quality. Breakthrough and sustainability. It’s never either/or.

I hope your week goes well, and you find a way to be a part of the expansion of God’s Kingdom wherever you find yourself ‘all-in’ this week!

Vil «encounter» med Gud fikse alt?

Et av «moteordene» blant endel karismatiske kristne, er encounter. Google oversetter dette med «å møte» eller «støte på». Å encounter med Gud er noe av det jeg lengter etter mer av.

Jeg møter med jevne mellomrom kristne som har fått en spesiell åpenbaring av en spesifikk sannhet fra Guds ord. Dette er nydelig. Men av og til er det som om enkelte av disse drar denne sannheten så langt, at summen av det som formidles ikke alltid blir helhetlig, eller i verste fall, faktisk usant.

En av mine store helter er Jim Orred. Han er en av lederne for Ungdom i Oppdrag på Kona, Hawaii. Her om dagen skrev han et blogginnlegg om nettopp encounter. Her beskriver mye av det samme jeg selv har tenkt, men som jeg selv ikke har fått satt ord på.

Tenkte jeg ville anbefale bloggen hans. God lesing!

Finnes den perfekte organisasjon?

I dag fikk jeg en artikkel fra min gode venn Jim Orred. Han er en av seniorlederne i Ungdom i Oppdrag Internasjonalt, og bor til daglig på Hawaii. Han skriver om organisasjonsliv, på en måte som er lett gjenkjennbar for meg som har jobbet i en kristen organisasjon i snart 20 år.

Les og nyt:

My friend was venting via text message to me (would that be ‘vexting’?) at his great disappointment in some of my fellow leaders. He even challenged my performance. I had a feeling he was about to bail. I could really identify with his feelings, though I have not often expressed them verbally.
Much of my life I have dreamed about finding the ultimate organization, working with the most amazing and perfect leaders, finding the best friends.
That search has now ended.
Magazine editors search for the best hotels, burgers, coffee, or city. Which are America’s best universities?
Top-ten lists abound. People find marketing hard to resist.
The ultimate perfection is not found in glossy magazines.  Photoshop does not work in real life.
My earlier years were spent dreaming that one day I would find the best group of people to join. Disappointment abounded. Optimism faded. That sort of organization did not exist. The people I met were all on a journey, looking for glory, most also looking for beauty and the ultimate job, home, family, or group to belong to.
Of course, as geographical or historical distance grew, the more amazing the person or group appeared.
Surely, there is something magical when a visionary leader casts a picture of a better world, where diverse people join their efforts to bring change.
Humility can clothe relationships, and perseverance when added, combines with faith to form something new and beautiful. I have seen that many times.
It happens when the ugly gets kissed by a prince, and she becomes beautiful.
But too many people are waiting for that kiss, instead of being that kiss.
Those organizations that look so slick in the PR materials, are actually filled with normal people with struggles, disappointment, and dysfunctional leadership. Bad breath happens.  And worse.
There is no perfect org chart. No perfect group. If such a group existed, as the saying goes, “it would cease being perfect the moment you joined it.“
In the year of our Lord, 2012, I got happy with my group. I really think that the Ultimate Leader with all wisdom, love, and power has led me to a group of people. My tribe. A very imperfect tribe, but one that has become like family to me.
Every family has both glory and shame.  (a quote from my wife.)
“I am again in travail until Christ is formed in you (plural).” This was a leader’s goal for one of his communities. It is God’s goal for your community. Our planet will be filled with the knowledge of amazing-ness, a glory we have yet to see in fullness, but we all yearn for.
Some never find rest. They wander, looking, seeking…because they know the ultimate community is out there somewhere. But inheritance only comes via one’s tribe, as Israel discovered when they settled in the land of Canaan.  No clan; no land.
This burning desire is put in our hearts to cause us to journey towards it. Our collective history began in a garden.  But it will culminate in a city, ‘prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  They will be His people and He will be with them. He will make all things new.”  He commits to us now without reservation.  How can you and I not do the same to some very real people in our circles of relationships?
I find that God really likes me to have some irregular people in my life. Some of them are quirky, all are human.  Some probably find me quirky, too.
I like this statement: be vulnerable enough so people can connect with you,
and strong enough so they respect you. That reminds me of Jesus, whose mix of the divine and human was amazing. ‘Bear with one another’ has new meaning. It is a good command. I need to hear that daily.
His mother and brothers came to do an intervention, to take him out of his ministry.  They failed.  They didn’t get him.  He bore with them, graciously.
When you and I commit to serve those around us, something amazing happens! The whole thing gets better. Beauty emerges. Something about commitment brings out the best in people. It is contagious. Change happens. Perfection doesn’t. But the goal is not to be slick. It is to connect, serve, love, and walk together so the world becomes a better place in our corner.
Joy is not found in the relentless search for the best. It is found in being it.