Our focus this month is on the idea of finding opportunities to leverage influence—either your own influence as a leader, or creating experiences for the families in your church to leverage their influence. For your church families, help them create bigger adventures to get involved in so they can understand the part they play in God’s bigger story.
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:
PERSONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Here comes Sunday again—and plans to invest in yourself are likely sliding down the priority list. Commit to change that this month. We’ve developed leadership resources that take less than 20 minutes a week to easily fit into your busy schedule and, with enough variety to hold your interest. This month make an appointment with yourself once a week. Really, go ahead and do it.
BOOK REVIEW: Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Tony is the Founder and CEO of Zappos, Inc. His company is known for their employee retention and culture of fun. This didn’t happen by mistake. It was a very intentional plan that Tony had to create an organization where his employees were motivated by something other than money and strived to excel in their roles. Find out how Tony leveraged his influence to impact the lives of his employees.
PODCAST: Interview with Matt McKee and Don Jones
Don Jones is the CEO of Champion Windows and has a reputation for overpaying his employees. While we’re not sure that it’s actually possible to overpay someone, we found Don’s motivation fascinating. Listen in to Matt’s conversation with Don about how and why he uses his influence as a leader to invest in his team.
VIDEO: Nancy Ortberg
Nancy joined us in Atlanta in April of 2010 to share her message about three characteristics of an influential leader. Watch her share these insights and take a few seconds throughout the video to note how your leadership can be challenged by her message.
REAL LIFE: Zappos, Inc.
Hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to purchases shoes online from Zappos.com. If so (and even if you haven’t), you probably wrapped up your order thinking, “Wow, that’s a great shoe company.” The funny thing is that they’ll tell you they’re not in the shoe business—they’re in the business of serving customers and just happen to sell shoes. What can the church learn about serving our “customers” so that they want to return consistently?
VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
The next item likely to get the ax on your to-do list? It’s probably the great leadership development time you’ve planned for your volunteers this coming Sunday. Even though it’ll only take a few minutes, you’re more likely to spend time on Sunday communicating information that your team needs to know for the next hour. We get that. So we’re going to give you an opportunity to invest in your volunteers during the week with some simple emails. They’re going to look good and we’ll even do the writing for you. Don’t worry, if you don’t like it, you can change it.
WEEKLY EMAILS: Finding Opportunities to Influence
Your volunteers have the ability to shape the way the children and students in your ministry view serving others. Not only through their view of serving, but also by creating opportunities for kids, students, and families to serve.
Each week’s email is ready for you to preview in a downloadable PDF format. When you’re ready to send your message each week, just add any updates you’d like using the e-zine creator, then click “send.” Easy as 1-2-3.
BONUS: STAFF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Whether you’re leading a large staff, a few people, or are 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 that it would be a great tool to reinforce this month’s topic. Speaking of that, this month’s focus is (drumroll)…
PRO-FAMILY CULTURE [I5]
Student and children’s teams create consistent opportunities for small groups and families to serve the community outside the church (locally and globally). (See page 149 in The Orange Leader Handbook)
BOOK REVIEW: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Don Miller
This simple, one-page review is a great tool to share with your staff or team. It’s an easy way to provide another resource to kick start their thought process on this topic.
CHALLENGE: Global Involvement
Pull out your calendar and pick an upcoming staff meeting to discuss this topic with your team. We’ve already done the legwork of brainstorming creative ideas to engage your team and questions for challenging everyone to discover how your organization can take one more step in the right direction.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP PODCAST: Interview with Bob Goff
Bob Goff is the founder and CEO of Restore International, a non-profit organization established to address injustices committed against children. Bob also serves as the Honorary Consul for Uganda to the United States. If that’s not enough to keep him busy, he’s also an adjunct professor at both Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University. Bob also finds time to actually practice law and lead a law firm.