LEADER’S FIELD GUIDE
Have you ever had a small task or simple project turn into a treasure hunt? A seemingly modest effort expands into a series of clues that must be decoded, revealing an increasingly difficult obstacle course. It’s like trying to print a one-page report on the office printer and discovering it’s out of paper. After adding paper, you realize the toner cartridge needs to be replaced. Then a firmware update is required before it will print. Wait, wait, who knows the password? Your phone starts dying while talking to tech support. You loaned your charger to someone who just left for the weekend? 18%… 10%… 5%… —–Line dropped, phone dead!
It’s like a scene from a movie without sound effects, Hollywood perks, or a stunt double. You are the star of this strange test or treasure hunt. What’s your gauntlet de jour? Finding out your driver’s license is expired while renting a car? Applying for a job with a strict deadline and finding your résumé is in a format that can’t be updated? We get to choose the treasure or accept the challenge, but rarely pick the hunt.
Here are three tips for treasure hunting:
- Stay Focused: Oh, the temptation to start going through email when you really were searching for that message regarding Q2’s budget. Doesn’t it feel good to delete a few messages or reply with your preference for happy hour locations? Resist! It’s a trap! Don’t be distracted by easier tasks, you still have to get to the real treasure!
- Stay Stubborn: Remain persistent. Only those with full commitment to an outcome will get to the end, not unscathed, but to the goal, the treasure. You might have a few new scars and those usually turn into bragging rights. Shake off the small setbacks, get up walk around, sit back down, and dig in again. If the goal’s not worth it, set a new one!
- Stay Hopeful: When it seems you’ll never get to the end, remember to celebrate the ground already covered. You are getting stronger and smarter– and closer to your goal. Keep track of what is done and know specifically what’s next. Just when you think the movie script couldn’t be any crazier, it IS possible to see a bit of humor in it all!
Yes, sometimes it feels like you’re in a bad movie. You may not have professional hair and makeup, the best lines, or countless retakes, yet you always have your hope, focus, and persistence. Are you in a melodrama or a comedy? Are you a superhero or a mastermind? Choose to have a bit of fun on your treasure hunt and stay present to what you are learning.
— Join a Synergy Group where we will discuss what the
Bible says about Treasure Hunts. —
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 21 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.
- Describe a current treasure hunt or challenge.
- What keeps you from getting to the treasure? What helps you get closer?
Spiritual Growth (~15 Minutes | 00:20)
Apply Biblically-based and Christ-centered principles to your work and responsibilities.
- Read Revelation 3:8: “I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn’t deny me when times were rough. (MSG)
- What does this verse say about God opening doors?
- What does this verse say about to what God is paying attention?
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 1 Chronicles 4:9-10: Jabez was a man who got his name because of the pain he caused his mother during birth. But he was still the most respected son in his family. One day he prayed to Israel’s God, “Please bless me and give me a lot of land. Be with me so I will be safe from harm.” And God did just what Jabez had asked. (CEV)
- What increased landor big win are you praying for?
- How would you rate your boldness in prayer on a scale of 1 – 5, 5 being very bold?
- How would you rate your trust in God’s protection on a scale of 1 – 5, 5 being total trust?
- Thoughts, thanksgiving, prayer about how you answered #2 and #3?
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