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Building a Proactive Life Plan

“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight, not for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us thinking, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them. And that men will say, as they look upon them and the labor and wrought substance, “See! This our fathers did for us.” Audels Carpenters & Builders Guild, Vol. 1, 1923 Review the Blueprints Over the holidays, I saw a re-run of the PBS special “Building the Great Cathedrals”. This program focuses on the design and construction of several of the greatest Gothic and Medieval cathedrals in Europe. It also highlights the problems a few of them experience in maintaining structural integrity. Clearly these magnificent structures weren’t meant for temporary use or “present delight”. I happened to catch this program just as I was reflecting on the pa ...

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“Well, it’s summer—nothing gets done now.”

“SUMMER SLUMP” also known as “The Doldrums,” “The Sargasso Sea,” or “The Horse Latitudes” (more about this one in a bit). It has arrived! We all have so much to do now, yet it seems that we only think: · “School is out.” · “Let’s go to the beach.” · “Disney admission prices skyrocketed.” · “I feel so peaceful in the mountains.” At this point, it appears that everybody throws all of their energy into their desired vacations and summer activities BUT the important tasks get a half-hearted side glance. If you think like me, you’re already feeling a bit guilty about what needs to get done (but you know it won’t), and what everyone really wants to be doing in these summer months. As I think about the slow days that are ahead, the words of a Pink Floyd song come to mind: Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town Waiting for someone or something to show you the way BUT, I am also ...

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Raising Your Focus From the Snakes at Your Feet.

Winston Churchill once said “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” As a ministry grows, the leadership faces a multitude of changing priorities. All too often we become caught up in the details of day-to-day events, causing the focus of our vision to become a bit fuzzy. At this point we stop planning and resort to worrying. In essence, it is like trying to just shoot the snakes closest to your feet. The Listener-Supported Radio Development Outlook Study uncovered an interesting response to leadership vision and its effects on the operation. When asked to finish the sentence: “Your station has a vision statement that is…” (and given six possible ways to finish it), four out of five of the successful stations who responded had a clear vision or a positive reaction to that vision. However, over a third of struggling stations had no vision or felt confused about the vision. So, how do you stay focused on your vision instead of allowing daily events to distract you? Make Better Use of ...

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    “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.”

    As a life-long student of management principles, I enjoy finding those sparks that bring light to a dark situation. It is my hope that this “lampstand” will provide you a bit of light.

    With a diverse background in media, corporate communications, and public sector employee training, I assist ministries in keeping their operation true to their vision, mission and goals.

    You can find out how Advocace can assist your organization or contact me here.
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