Life and Leadership Reflections on My Birthday

This week I celebrate a birthday. I’m closer to 40 now than 30 and I’m surprisingly OK with this. Throughout this year God has taught me so much  in the areas of work and family. I have learned a great deal about myself and the woman who He is growing me to be. Here are just some reflections I have gleaned from this past year:

1. Life is too short for you to spend time reading anything in Comic Sans font.

2. The best food requires a bit of a mess.

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Leadership Lessons: Allow Your Team To Work In Their Strengths

For three years now I have been blessed to work for an amazing ministry. It has proven to be the most challenging but most rewarding experience leading a team that truly believes in the mission 100%. I have never in my 17 years experience working with nonprofit ministries been apart of anything that has such internal support that drives everyone involved to external excellence.

I am often asked what is a key leadership lesson that I have really taken to heart since becoming the Executive Director of Family Life Services. My answer is simple:

I try to always always always allow my staff to operate in their strengths.

Early into the the hiring process  I ask potential staff members to take the Strengths Finder 2.0 leadership assessment by Tom Rath during their very L-O-N-G interview cycle and we share those findings with the rest of the staff.

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