LEADER’S FIELD GUIDE
Have you ever received the VIP treatment? The kind of treatment that is likely undeserved, makes you look around and wonder about your fortune, and, well, feel quite extraordinary? Recently, I attended an outdoor concert surrounded by glorious gardens. I was met at the entry gate, called by name out of a long line, and greeted with a hug from a sweet friend. “C’mon, you’re with me,” she said. Plump raindrops began to spot the walkway as she escorted me under a large white tent where luscious food and drinks were served only to the VIPs of the evening.
In the workplace, we’ve known leaders who enjoy being treated like very important people, movie stars, or accomplished athletes. (Cue eye roll.) These leaders instinctively know that a smorgasbord of salty snacks isn’t enough, and they may never know, what (in addition to the 52-ounce barrel of pretzels in the break room) makes people feel special. Oh no! Are we talking about feelings? Yes, people on our teams want to feel extraordinarily promoted, treasured, and protected– as if they were, in fact, very important.
Here are a few ways to make people feel extraordinary:
- Passionately Promote: I’m not referring to job titles and organization charts (though that might be part of the solution), I’m referring to sponsoring and endorsing those who are not known or valued, like assigning a special project or announcing a recent success. People want to feel empowered and supported, especially by those they perceive as VIPs.
- Truly Treasure: It is hard to treasure or genuinely appreciate someone if we associate a team member as part of a group; only the individual can be truly known and understood. Spend time exploring and discovering how people are unique, then honor differences, respect unusual skills, and reward unexpected contributions.
- Fiercely Protect: According to MindTools, standing up for people in the workplace “builds long-term loyalty, trust, credibility, commitment, and morale in your team, and it gives your people a confidence boost.” Leaders have power and an obligation to guard against thoughtlessness, mistreatment, and unethical behavior.
Remember my concert experience? I was pulled out of line, greeted warmly, and ushered out of the rain! I was promoted, treasured, and protected by a VIP who made me feel like a VIP. Think back to a time when someone said to you, “C’mon, you’re with me.” How did that make you feel? In what situation could you say this to individuals on your team? This kind of treatment requires intention, consistency– and maybe some feelings on your part, too!
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
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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.
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.
- Think back to a time when you were promoted, treasured, and protected. How did that make you feel?
- Think of someone specifically, how can you make that person feel special this week?
Spiritual Growth (~15 Minutes | 00:20)
Apply Biblically-based and Christ-centered principles to your work and responsibilities.
- Read Romans 8:38-39: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)
- Talk about having an advocate! In a word or two, how does this verse make you feel?
- There are times, though, when we do feel separated from the love of God, why is this so?
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; then 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!
Challenge (At Home)
This upcoming week, strengthen your relationship by reading about, praying with, and listening to God.
- Read Matthew 18:1-5: 1At that time the disciples came to Jesus. They asked him, “Who is the most important person in the kingdom of heaven?” 2Jesus called a little child over to him. He had the child stand among them. 3Jesus said, “What I’m about to tell you is true. You need to change and become like little children. If you don’t, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.4Anyone who becomes as free of pride as this child is the most important in the kingdom of heaven. 5“Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. (NIRV)
- What is interesting about how Jesus answered the disciples’ question?
- What does Jesus imply about pride?
- In this context, what does it mean to be childlike?
- Interpret the last verse: “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”
- What would you like to offer as thanksgiving or prayer?
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