LEADER’S FIELD GUIDE
It’s time for a review! Reflect on 2019Q4 and consider what you’ve incorporated into your leadership and what needs more attention. Think about how each topic challenges you and your personal relationship with individual team members. How can you leverage your leadership in such a way that those around you feel supported and protected? Use the following recap of Leader’s Field Guide to remind you of the lessons from this quarter. Using the lens of caring for others, what challenging goals can you set for 2020Q1?
- Responsible vs. Accountable: We focused on removing role confusion to improve morale, balance workloads, increase efficiency, and establish accountability. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Hebrews 4:13)
- Curse of the Superstar Leader: We discussed that if you are brilliant, talented, and driven, then the same characteristics that enable you to reach your goals may also be impeding your leadership. (Romans 3:12, Philippians 3:8)
- Childlike Work: We remembered that as children, we were virtually incapable of being bored. We took limitless risks, had an insatiable curiosity, and considered infinite possibilities. (Psalm 116:5, 6, 1 Corinthians 13:11)
- Snowplow Leadership: We learned how to resist the urge to hover over employees or mow down their obstacles by building trust. (1 Peter 5:3, 1 Peter 5:2-4)
- The Peacock & Its Nemesis: We talked about the three miseries hidden by the self-absorbed leader: self-sabotage, arrogance, and insecurity. (1 Peter 2:11, Luke 17:33)
- Drive Thru Project Management: We explored how the drive thru experience is similar to project management along with measured commitment, refined expectations, and quality assurance. (Psalms 143:8, Luke 14:28)
- Can’t Sink My Ship: We brainstormed about how building a ship relates to preparing for adversity, launching new efforts, and balancing incoming challenges. (Jeremiah 2:13)
- Lunar Leadership: We considered leaders who have a dark side, absorb anything positive, and are a damaging force felt around the world. (Psalms 104:19, Job 31:27-28)
- Stay in Your Lane: We learned to stay in our own lane by adhering to boundaries, empowering others, and working with excellence. (Isaiah 43:2, Proverbs 3:6)
- Snow Globe Perspective: We wondered if leaders who are fragile, myopic, and stormy may be out of the loop, stagnant in growth, and causing a chaotic atmosphere. (Proverbs 31:21, Psalm 51:6-7)
I challenge you to make a formal list of outcomes you envision for 2020Q1. What habits can you establish in the next three months that would make those around you feel cared for, supported and protected? (I can hardly express my gratitude for the powerfully confident and humble-hearted leaders in our weekly Synergy Groups— I learn so much from you and our Spirited conversations.)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman (PMP, PCC) is a speaker, author, and leadership coach with Leading Synergies. She hosts global masterminds, called Synergy Groups, for REALLY BUSY Christians leading with powerful confidence and humble hearts. She works with high-performing leaders focused on organizational effectiveness by refining strategy, inspiring teams, and delighting clients. Michelle specializes in the areas of information technology, project management, franchise management, and business as mission. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 22 years.
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SYNERGY GROUP MEETING
Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us help one another to do good works. And let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us encourage one another with words of hope. Let us do this even more as you see Christ’s return approaching. ~Hebrews 10:24, 25
Welcome (~5 Minutes)
At the beginning of each meeting:
- Open in prayer to get focused.
- Welcome new guest(s) to the Synergy Group.
- Provide short introductions (end with guests).
- Share a brief summary of high-points from the Leader’s Field Guide (above).
Leadership Development (~15 Minutes | 00:05)
Be prepared to share from professional experience and ask follow-up questions.
- After reviewing the Leader’s Field Guide topics, describe the habits you will establish to make those around you feel cared for, supported, and protected?
- What do you envision for the next quarter?
Spiritual Growth (~15 Minutes | 00:20)
Apply Biblically-based and Christ-centered principles to your work and responsibilities.
- Read 2 Thessalonians 3:3: But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. (NIV)
- Where have you seen the Lord’s faithfulness this past quarter?
- Which word stands out most to you and why? Strengthen or protect?
Report, Praise, Prayer, & Goal (~15 Minutes | 00:35)
Let us know how you did on your goal from last week. Discuss recent successes and current business needs. Share what you are grateful for and request insight, collaboration, or help with accountability. Include a goal for next week based on your discoveries today! Prayer is an important part of seeking him first (Matthew 6:33). Some groups share a list after each meeting and update one another throughout the week! Pray together now and for each other during the week.
Networking (~5 Minutes | 00:50)
Share announcements and make professional connections. You are invited to connect via LinkedIn and offline, too!
This upcoming week, strengthen your relationship by reading about, praying with, and listening to God.
- Read Galatians 6:9-10: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (NIV)
- As we focus on caring for others, we may wonder who is caring for us. Where are you weary or tempted to give up?
- How has God cared for you this past quarter?
- In what ways are others “doing good” for you?
- What opportunities do you have to “do good”?
- Why does Paul emphasized doing good to the family of believers?
- How are you especially gifted by the Holy Spirit to care for others?
- What habits would support this gifting in the next quarter?
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