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Happy “renewed” year

7 January 2013 in Uncategorized

So 2013 has come, and with it a renewed commitment to serving my team as a valuable and inspiring leader.

This is a concept that I’m going to have to plant and nurture – SERVING my team, as opposed to commanding them. Jesus is the best and most inspiring example of true leadership: He didn’t force His people to do things; He didn’t expect respect and obedience; He didn’t hurt others for their disobedience…He was a living example, a gentle, understanding and encouraging leader. He truly loved His people, and respected them as individuals. He listened to them, and took time to understand them.

When you realise that you are seen as an individual with ideas and feelings, and your leader is not off on his or her own tangent, taking advantage of their position, but rather living the same rules and expectations – this grows respect, and with respect comes a desire to do your best.

As a servant leader, you need to look not at what’s best for YOU, but at what’s best for your TEAM. And there is no “I” in TEAM.

Be the mirror image of what you would like your team to be:

  • Serve your team with honesty, and it will reflect back on you and to you.
  • Be the first to give respect, and it will grow and be returned.
  • Live by the same set of rules that you put in place for your team – this is leading by example.
  • See your team as people, not workhorses, and they will realise their own value in your eyes. After all, you are a person too and it’s not a nice feeling to be considered a number rather than an individual.
  • Look for ways to make your team grow – as a team and individually. This is a regular “reapplication of glue” that keeps spirit and passion for their jobs alive.
  • Realise that “work” is only one part of your team’s lives, and they work to live, not live to work.

Wishing everyone a great 2013, with this prayer to start off the year:

Dear Lord, thank You for renewing us over the very special holidays where we celebrated Your Son’s birth – a birth that brought hope and joy to the world, as the ultimate example of a LEADER came down from heaven to show us the way. Help us Father to live by Jesus’ example, and to always think WWJD before making any decisions that will affect our colleagues in our workplaces. Help us Lord to be courageous, strong, righteous and steadfast in following the rules that you set for us as leaders – and lead by Your Spirit, not by our own understanding. We pray this in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

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Christian manager in training

18 December 2012 in Uncategorized

I decided to start this blog after coming through a really tough year with the team of people with whom I work. I did everything wrong that I possibly could; made so many wrong decisions – and in the process lost the trust, respect and love for their work of a group of talented people whom I was supposed to manage and lead.

A little bit of history

Having reached the level of manager through working from the ground up, the skills I entered into the position with were gained from observation of my own managers – not through training. First problem identified. So all the decisions I needed to make came from gut-feel rather than applied knowledge. Note to self: gut-feel ain’t all that reliable when it comes to dealing with a very diverse group.

So you can imagine the fun that Circumstance had with me! The unhappiness probably hit me harder than my team – I am a person who likes to inspire others, to generate excitement about projects, that I feel myself – so walking into the office every day knowing that people wish I hadn’t, wasn’t the best feeling.

I considered resigning and moving on to other opportunities. Many times. But something told me to just wait; things were going to happen; I mustn’t give up fighting for my team, for myself; I must ask for help. My journey with this team was nowhere near finished…

I didn’t know what to do or which way to turn. So I started praying with a colleague, another manager who had seen the devastation in my team. I prayed for my team; I prayed for guidance for myself; I prayed for clarity. And slowly, slowly (because we never can learn lessons quickly, can we?) I started to feel the movement of a Great Mentor – and I started to learn.

First lesson

The first lesson I had the privelege to learn was: “Why didn’t you ask me sooner?” Yup – I had tried hordes of solutions to this problem, and nothing had worked. I had tried a variety of avenues…except the one that would help me the most. God.

Believe it or not, there are stacks of management principles in the Bible, just waiting to be read and applied. My problem was that there are SO many management books out there – where does one start? Which one will fit your personality and turn you into the best manager you can be for the individuals reporting to you? At this juncture you may as well walk away from that haystack because there’s no chance you’ll find that needle!

As you start to really think about it, and spend proper quality time starting to unravel this vague idea of effective management, you will start to see that effective managment is really just basic human respect and interaction.


That’s all people really want – as staff, or as human beings. To be heard; their opinions, ideas and concerns respected and understood; and then to have something done about it, not just forgotten.

From here on…

I am sure there are many people who are in the same position that I was and am – and people who report to someone whom they feel is on the completely wrong side of the fence when it comes to managing them. I hope that this journey that God has placed me on will help you as well, as I share my experiences and lessons along the way.

Please send through any thoughts, comments and ideas that you have – they can benefit more people than you realise!

Yours in effective management: God’s way,


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Hello world!

13 December 2012 in Uncategorized

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