I must confess that I don’t play golf. I’ve only played it once, unless you count dinosaur carpet golf our family often played while on vacation. However, several years ago my father-in-law tried to interest me in the sport. He gave me a set of nice used clubs. But, I never used them. Three years later he asked me how my game was going. Chagrined, I had to admit that I never played with them. He asked me to give them back to him (he really did). Although I don’t play the game, I know a few key terms such as birdie, bogey, and par.
Ken Voges was attempting to build a good life for his family in the mid-1970’s. He and his wife, Linda, were the parents of two young children, and Ken was travelling 60% of the week as a sales representative for General Electric. Although the pay was good, the travel time away from home was taking its toll on his marriage. Not long after, Ken and Linda found themselves in their Pastor’s office for marriage counseling, wondering if their marriage could be saved.
I remember a few years ago I overheard my preschool son tell his sister, my elementary aged daughter, “You are not the boss of me.” There was another time, this time, I was an employee. The woman who was my supervisor preferred the staff, those of us who were her employees - NOT call her the “boss.” She had become our supervisor, not by applying for the job or by promotion, but by default. Since no one else was qualified to take her position, she was in charge of us – her employees. And she did not like being the boss.
As leaders, we know it’s important to have an image or picture of the future we are trying to create. This image is created in response to the question “What will the future look like if things are running as planned?”
This applies to all aspects of life, from finishing school, to building a career or business, to even forming a family.
When a man and woman decide to get married, they imagine their future together and can describe it in vivid detail.
Recently I discovered an article dealing with a leadership quality that’s seldom talked about, yet is one of the best indicators of a leader’s success potential.
That quality is self-awareness.
The author of the article, Victor Lipman, was making the case that soft values, like self-awareness, actually drive concrete results and are accurate predictors of a leader’s future progress.
I Bless the Lord, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God,
Who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills,
Delivers your life from the pit, surrounds you with love and compassion,
Fills your days with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
- Psalm 103, 1-5
In 2003, Easter Sunday arrived on April 20. So did my heart attack.
Leadership is not easy. As if setting the vision, modelling appropriate behavior and ensuring accountability weren’t enough; you’re also expected to have, or develop, the answers to the problems that the organization and its people bring to you. Let’s not forget there is a life outside of the office that has its challenges as well.
This season of the year, as Christians, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Let’s think about that word – resurrection. The first thing that comes to mind is rising from the dead. If we dig a little deeper, we find that resurrection has several different meanings.
According to Dictionary.com resurrection is defined as:
1. the act of rising from the dead.
2. the rising of Christ after His death and burial.
3. the rising of the dead on Judgment Day.