IS LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK LACKING IN THE WORKPLACE?

WE ALL DEPEND ON TEAMWORK TO GET ON IN THIS WORLD AND TO BE A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF A TEAM.

The above quote seems to have gone wayward these days. I am hearing more and more from people in the corporate world that companies are doing away with senior and in some cases, middle management, at the expense of people having no leadership, no shared responsibility, no collaboration, no team building and growth.

As a result, people in the workplace are unhappy,  undervalued and frustrated because no decisions are been made, great ideas are been neglected or not utilised, processing and group dynamics issues are not been followed up, causing delays and poor productivity overall.

I hear the frustration when people are turning up late or not turning up to meetings at all, with no consequences been given. Computers crashing and no one to fix them because the hired technicians are incompetent.

I hear how people become dissatisfied and under utilised, with no one to vent to, no one listening to them and no one to steer the ship. This results in low, productivity, low grade work and people leaving because their role is untenable.

A bit sad actually, who said structure and leaders have become obsolete? Sure saving money and paying exorbitant salaries to overseas CEOs is hitting the company’s bottom line, but wouldn’t building teams with great leaders steering the teams lead to increased self esteem, more confidence and higher productivity?

Has Australia not got any of its own skilled labour? Hiring  overseas staff  is ignoring the unique clientele or audience of the australian culture.  I believe Australia has plenty of local and great people who have all the skills and assets required to move the company forward. Investing in people power is better than any bottom line because if you take care of your team and your staff, the rest will look after itself. When people are happy in the workplace they are more likely to give more of their time than if they were unhappy, undervalued and unsupported.

Take a look at the video clip below on the “Flight of the Geese” and believe in the power of TEAMWORK -where Together , Everyone, Achieves, More.

THE FLIGHT OF THE GEESE

Advertisements

Parents and parenting-difficult but not impossible

Image result for jesus and the child renaissance painting

I see this happen all the time and it annoys me to no end. Parents asking their children 8, 9 10, 11, 12, 13 year olds to make decisions for them. eg, the house and furniture they buy, the school they will go to, the holidays they will go on, the restaurant they choose etc, etc.

I thought life was one of those things that you grew into, that parents have wisdom to draw from and guide and lead their children into what is good for them. That life experiences teach us valuable life lessons, that scars follow growth and change.

Consider this, a child wants to go to a particular school because his friends are going there, not considering educational or financial factors. Parents sacrificing financially to buy a house that’s in keeping with their child’s vision or commodities.  Parents giving into having a lavish birthday party with alcohol, amidst underage teenagers. Parents giving into Facebook/Mobile phone accounts when it’s not a necessity and the child is underage etc… etc..

As an educator, I have seen the aftermath of parents giving into these things. As a parent, I had to resist giving into some of these. I was told by my children that I was the worst parent. Well!!!!!!!!!!! How many parents had they had? ( one set of course). I figured that as a parent, I wasn’t meant to be their friend (not yet anyway, although my children and I are best friends now).

The important thing here is to remember, that because parents have given into their children’s whims, they run the risk of having spoilt children. Children who don’t adapt well. Children who have little resilience. Children who cannot regulate their feelings or emotions, children who cannot face challenges in life because they’re too hard. Children who are lazy, children who are not independent enough or self starters. I’m speaking from first hand experience here, all this can manifest in the child getting headaches, sore stomachs, children who cannot cope at school or at work in some cases, I have seen children as young as 5 year olds suffer from anxiety, depression and stress because school is too hard.

Mind you, I’m not trying to pick on parents here, because parenting is very testing but as an educator I can see the benefits of tough love. Setting boundaries and having consequences for not adhering to them, are important in establishing order and character.

Image result for the beatitudes for raising children

The Beatitudes Matthew 5:2-12

At the beginning of each school year the students and I formulate 3-4 goals/values for the smooth running of the classroom. We establish together, positive and negative consequences. The classroom has to be a fair and a happy environment to work in. Explicit teaching of the pros and cons and of the consequences are paramount.

This is not fail-proof, things don’t always work to plan, however, with routine and consistency and prayer I see a change in the students and standards rise as they aspire to be better.  I believe this is good psychology for parenting as well.

Discipline of children can be hard and sometimes seemingly unrewarding for a moment, but you eventually reap the rewards. After parenting two children and having spent many years in education myself, I can look back on the hardships and see the rewards that have come after, worth the effort.

Image may contain: one or more people

With some explicit teaching, children learn what they live:-

  • If the children see a parent praying they will learn to pray.
  • If the children see order they will learn to appreciate and aspire to it.
  • If a parent gives praise they will praise others.
  • If a parent shows respect they will learn to respect.
  • If a parent sees the glass as half full they will see life as too hard.
  • If a parent is hardworking and a go getter, they will go and get what they need.    There is no magic formula, what you put into the bucket is what you get in return.
  • MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS PARENTS AND CHILDREN, TOWARDS WHAT IS GOOD, PRAISEWORTHY AND PLEASING TO GOD.Related image

CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR WORLD

How many times do we stop and think about what comes out of our mouths? How many times do we say that’s what mum/dad told me? Do your words speak of darkness or light?

As children hear words and start to make connections to their world, the spoken word be it good or bad is filed away.  Think about it? Which words do we remember the most? The bad ones are the ones I remember more? Why????? Words are very powerful. Words spoken to us as a child are carried over through to adulthood. They can have lasting effects because we live out those words.

Some words can help build and some words can destroy our spirit.  Some words can be so shocking that they are suppressed and then manifested in the person as headaches, sleeplessness, depression, failure to hold a relationship or make friends etc… depending on what those words were. For example, parents say to the child that they weren’t good at spelling or maths so they aren’t good either. So what does the child do? The child starts to believe it. Another example is when a parent says to their child that they are lazy/mean/ugly. Words can either hurt and destroy or help grow and build.

Let see what the bible says. Our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up (Proverbs 12:6). The writer of Proverb tells us, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). Are we using words to build up people or destroy them? Are they filled with hate or love, bitterness or blessing, complaining or compliments, lust or love, victory or defeat? Like tools they can be used to help us reach our goals or to send us spiraling into a deep depression.

Furthermore, our words not only have the power to bring us death or life in this world, but in the next as well. Jesus said, “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36–37). Words are so important, that we are going to give an account of what we say when we stand before the Lord Jesus Christ. ( taken from gotquestions.org)

So the utube clip above, exemplifies this…….. if  we change our words we can change our world. (I’d love to hear your replies). God bless and may the words you hear be music to your ears.

WAR LEAVES A STAIN, PEACE CLEANS IT UP!

PARIS IS NOT AT WAR!!!!! THE PEOPLE OF PARIS SHOULDN’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS.  MY HEART IS BREAKING AS I ADD THIS, BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO ENDURE SUCH DISRESPECT AND DESTRUCTION TO THE MORALE AND SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE OF PARIS. AN ATTACK ON PARIS IS AN ATTACK ON THE FREEDOMS OF THE WORLD. I THOUGHT WE LIVED IN A DEMOCRACY NOT IN AN AUTOCRACY!  YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.

I BELIEVE THAT ONLY GOD CAN HELP US GET THROUGH THIS.

Despite the immense evil of war, Jesus said it is inevitable that wars will continue until He returns (Mark 13:7-8), and He did not oppose earthly governments or their right to maintain armies (Matthew 8:5-10). 

God listens to prayer and the more people pray the better

PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE AND HELP FOR THOSE DISPLACED BECAUSE OF WAR. 

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’
(Psalm 34:18)

We pray for all whose lives                                                                                                 have been touched by tragedy,
whether by accident
or a deliberate act.
For those who mourn,
immerse them in your love
and lead them through this darkness
into your arms, and light.
For those who comfort,
be in both the words they use
and all that’s left unspoken;
fill each heart with love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
whose own suffering brought us life,
here and for eternity. Amen

©John Birch

 

YOU MAY THINK YOU ARE IN CONTROL-YOU’RE NOT!!!!!

You may think you are in control but you really aren’t. Sure, God has given us free will but it’s a TEST. A test where you can deny God, blaspheme God, cheat God, lie to Him and destroy everything and everyone along the way, on this earth.

You live in a physical world which is in the NOW and in a spiritual world where God, Jesus Christ and Satan live as well.

God has relinquished control unto us so that we can complete the test, the test that will lead us to either live with Him in heaven in our spirit life or hell where there will be no God and no turning back.

However, there is a condition, that condition being that you live out your life according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m sure God’s first question to you on judgement day will be….”So, what have you done with my Son Jesus?”

So Jesus should be the centre of your universe.

God giveth and God taketh according to His will. God has the infinite power, He has the complete plan for each and everyone one of us, and only He knows us better than anyone else, even ourselves. We all make choices that determine our fate and by our choices we will be judged.

Image result for (Joshua 24:15)

I say to you, surrender to God, have patience and allow Him to work out your problems. Ask Him what lessons you need to learn, ask Him to give you the tools you need to help you get there. Of course, God is not interested in riches of money but riches that are in spiritual gifts which will draw you closer to Him. Ask God to show you in a way that is clear and obvious to you,  the things you need to grow closer to Him and His Son Jesus. Then and only then, will you be at peace and on the right path. A heart is happy when the heart is at peace. The Holy Spirit bestows us with peace. Ask the Holy Spirit to infill you afresh with His gifts, gifts from God.

COME HOLY SPIRIT, FILL OUR HEARTS WITH LOVE AND

OUR MINDS WITH LIGHT!

IRON SHARPENS IRON

                                                                               

Proverbs 27:17 ………’Iron sharpens iron’     What does it mean?                           Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” When iron blades are rubbed together, each becomes sharper and thus more effective. Likewise, when believers are involved in one another’s lives, mutual edification occurs. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 is a similar passage: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!  Humans were created for fellowship (Genesis 2:18).You cannot reflect God to others if you don’t interact with people. You cannot grow in faith if you don’t think, talk, share, test, ask, clarify, address, simplify, quantify, explain or examine your faith with others. Faith grows when it’s shared, thus in proverbs we have this metaphor.“Iron sharpen iron.”                                          Two minds are better that one. Together we can achieve more. There is strength in unity. Of course, God doesn’t want us to miss out on having some fun, but He wants the type of fun that is good and praiseworthy. Fun that brings people , children, families and groups together. People that can pray and have fun together and share their troubles and tribulations.

kingdom of god

When I look back to my childhood, it makes me think of how I had my grandparents, uncles, aunties or older cousins that looked after me while my parents worked. This other analogy clearly shows me that raising a child was not just for two people.

   “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”    Igbo and Yoruba (Nigeria) Proverb.

      The basic meaning is that child upbringing is a communal effort.           Like growing in faith should bebecause nothing grows without love, friendship, faith, respect, honesty, hard work and communication.                     

Similarly, it takes fellowship with other people to grow in faith and to grow the Kingdom of God.

 

WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE????

The short answer is………………………………………. because sin is in the world. 

Pain, diseases, suffering, natural disasters, assaults, death etc……..The first question that most people ask is “WHY?” Why is there so much pain? Why is our world in chaos?

God gave Adam dominion over the world (Gen. 1:28). When he rebelled against God, he set in motion an entire series of events and changed the very nature of man and creation. Both were affected by sin. Creation was no longer a paradise, but bore thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:17-18;Rom. 8:22). People became sinful (Rom. 5:12Eph. 2:3), who were haters of God (Rom. 3:9-12), etc. The world is not the way that God created it.More often, why doesn’t God simply end the pain? We know that we will experience and encounter pain over and over again.

No one escapes the struggles of life. Our goodness or our faith do not make us immune from suffering. Yes! God allows “bad” things to happen!  How could there be a God who allows so much evil to take place?

The pressures of work, family, friends, schedules, deadlines, wants, needs, and fears all flood our minds and crowd out God. We then become distracted and more likely to fall into sin.

Holley Gerth

We are free people, not puppets on a string. God has given us free will. God has given us the power to choose. We have the choice to be with Him or without Him. Yet when things go wrong we blame God. We cannot have it both ways. Life isn’t easy, but God promised us that it will be worth it. Suffering is the result of human sin, all are vulnerable to the effects of sin in the world. But there will come a day when the Lord will return and cleanse this world of all sin and all suffering.

God is everywhere. Sometimes tragedy and/or pain can be the catalysts that allow us to turn off the noise of everyday life and focus on God.

God loves us and grieves with us in our pain when “bad things” happenGod’s role is to be by our side, to understand us, to comfort us, to “lead us beside still waters… and restore our souls” (from Psalm 23) in the metaphorical “Valley of Death” which we face everyday, God’s role is to help us heal on a daily basis- help us collect the pieces broken by experience- help us become whole again, whole as we were intended and created by our loving God. God never promised that life would be without its painful moments.

God’s presence may not be packaged in the way we expect.

God has given us His Son Jesus Christ to help us fight the evil in the world. Jesus is only a prayer away. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  How powerful is that? But it’s when we think we are above prayer, when we think we control our own destiny that we suffer the most. 

The word of hope is that our future is in the hands of God. Love, courage and hope sum up the resources we have to face our personal tragedies and pain. Was it in a stranger’s smile, a new flower, an e-mail message, scripture, and words in a hymn? Could it be possible that I have helped others know God’s presence today?What might I or could I have done to help God’s presence be felt by others? Could I have done more? 

God through His grace wants to draw us closer to Him. When we’ve allowed ourselves to be open to God, we see God all around us, in other people, in acts of kindness, in the faith of another fellow Christian, in our children, and in family members and friends We can feel His presence in our stillness, in nature, in meditation, in scripture, and especially in prayer.

Most of all we find the face of God in the tears, the hugs, and the words of comfort others bring to us in times of great sorrow and pain.

Image result for jesus said the good man brings forth what godd he has stored up in his heart

Inspired by Bishop Barron-Word on Fire, explorefaith.org, Nicky Gumbel, Rev. Dr. Brooks Ramsay