YouLead April Overview: Understanding Strengths
Orange Leaders
April 5, 2012

UNDERSTANDING STRENGTHS Doesn’t it feel good when you’re working within the “sweet” spot of your talents and gifts? You know you are when solutions come easily, ideas flow, and the energy created by the project just feeds right back into the energy you’re expending on the project. Finding that work, when things “just fit,” is […]

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Doesn’t it feel good when you’re working within the “sweet” spot of your talents and gifts? You know you are when solutions come easily, ideas flow, and the energy created by the project just feeds right back into the energy you’re expending on the project. Finding that work, when things “just fit,” is truly a gift.

This month, we’ll look at how you can help volunteers discover their strengths and how this knowledge can help them find a good ministry fit where they can serve best. And on a personal note, we’re going to help you discover and experience your own strengths and how to use them in your personal and professional life.

We know that you lead in several ways at any given time. You lead yourself, you lead volunteers, you might lead a staff, and you often lead up. So, here’s what we have in store for you to accomplish each of these tasks:

How exciting! Sunday is almost here! How does the week fly by so fast? Don’t let the exciting whirlwind of life interfere with the investment you make in yourself as a leader. With many of us, “it” isn’t going to happen unless it’s on our calendars, so while you’re thinking about it, mark some personal time each week this month to invest in your own leadership development—20 minutes should do it. We’ve already got a plan for you, so making the time is the first step to accomplishing it.

Book Review: Do More Great Work: Stop the Busy Work. Do the Work That Matters by Michael Bungay Stanier
We all want to accomplish work that’s significant—even great! This unique book walks readers through doable recommendations for doing great work. Written in a workbook style, readers are challenged with visual exercises and prompts on how to take action for making the most out of “work” in your life.

Podcast: Powell Grisham interviewed by Matt McKee
Powell is the Lead Pastor of Rock Point Community Church, a strategic partner of North Point Community Church. He is a graduate of Berry College and has a Master’s in Business Administration from Troy University. He has served as the executive director of family ministry at Wiregrass Church and has also served as president of Lighthouse Family Retreat before joining Rock Point in the summer of 2011. He has been involved with North Point Community Church since the beginning, where he served in many roles. He and his wife Amy (yep, our very own Amy Grisham, Orange Specialist extraordinaire) were married in 1996 and have two boys, Stanton and Whitaker.

Video: Jeanne and Jarrett Stevens
Jeanne and Jarrett Stevens serve as lead pastors at Soul City Church in Chicago, Illinois. Before starting Soul City Church, the Stevens were blessed to work with Willow Creek Community Church as well as North Point Community Church for nearly 15 years. Jeanne is an engaging communicator and leader committed to helping people live and lead from their soul. Jeanne is the author of Soul School and What Lies Beneath.

Jarrett worked at Willow for 12 years as a teaching pastor for AXIS before moving to Atlanta to work with North Point Church. While there, Jarrett worked as the singles pastor and as leader and communicator for 7|22. He’s the author of The Deity Formerly Known as God as well as the upcoming title Four Small Words.

Real Life: Razoo
Check out this case study administered by Razoo. Learn how a nonprofit leveraged technology to help spread their message and how you can do the same to get the word out about your ministry.

As an outpouring of your own leadership investment, step into the lives of your volunteers with encouragement, resources and appreciation. We’re going to make it really simple to become more intentional with your volunteer communication via some good looking emails (if we do say so ourselves). We’ll even do the writing for you; plus, you can even add your own words of wisdom to the messages.

Weekly Emails: Why We Do What We Do
Providing your volunteers with information that they can share with the parents of the kids and teenagers they serve will go a LONG way with your leaders. Sometimes the barrier between a volunteer and a parent is a simple lack of creative ways to connect with the parent—it’s time to change that.

This month we’ll be sharing encouragement, stories, and research in emails that you can send your volunteers. And we encourage you to challenge these leaders to turn around and share this same information with the parents of the kids and teenagers in your programs. Simple. Did we mention that already?

Whether you’re leading a large staff, a few people, or you’re trying to lead up to your senior leadership, we’ve got something for you. We’re including another book review with this portion of YouLead because we felt it would be a great tool to reinforce this month’s topic, Successful Volunteer Fits.

Book Review: StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution by Marcus Buckingham
This new book and assessment gives readers insight into how our strengths “show up” in the world. Looking at various situations that prompt readers to choose between two equally good choices, they’ll discover areas where they can make the greatest contribution and how they can use these insights to find an edge and win in their work or volunteer role.

Real World: Habitat for Humanity
Read how this successful nonprofit organization has built more than 500,000 houses on more than five continents—all fueled by volunteers. Find out how Habitat inspires volunteers by connecting them to a bigger story, making a difference in their local communities.

Senior Leadership Podcast: Matt McKee interview Mike Mikkelson
Mike Mikkelson has had over 30 years of executive experience in commercial real estate and the development/operation of income-producing property. Prior to forming Liberty, he served as an apartment/investment specialist with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services in Orlando, Florida, and operated a mortgage company in Portland, Oregon.

He is known throughout Florida for his integrity as a business owner. He is an incredible leader within his business, church and family. Listen in as Matt and Mike talk about what it means to lead from your strengths, and to bring out the best in the people you work with.