Trust: “the belief that someone is reliable, good, honest or effective (Merriam-Webster).” Healthy ministry teams make trust building a priority. Patrick Lencioni, one of today’s best writers on leadership believes that absence of trust is the biggest problem among dysfunctional teams (see his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team). Stephen M. R. Covey wrote an entire book that shows how teams can build trust called The Speed of Trust. So, how do you know if your team has a deficit?
Honestly answer these questions to gauge the trust deficit in your team.
- Does a spirit of suspicion lurk in team members’ minds?
- Do team members overly rely on email in lieu of talking?
- Do team members often wear facades?
- Is there too much “happy talk” which masks true problems?
- Are team members reluctant to share their honest feelings and opinions?
- Do team members resist meeting together?
- Has the team lost enthusiasm?
- Has grumbling and complaining become the norm?
- Is the leader inconsistent?
- Do some team members intentionally withhold information from others?
How did you do? If you answered yes to more than one or two questions, your team may be facing a trust deficit.
So how do you rebuild trust?
In my next blog I will suggest a few ideas. But here’s what I suggest as a first step. Get the book The Speed of Trust for you and your team and read it. It’s a great read. Here’s a summary of the book to get you started.
What other behaviors have you seen that may indicate lack of trust in a team?
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Dan truly understands leadership and you’ll love this book (and grow your emotional intelligence). To get a taste of his writing, I’ve posted one of his blog posts here about emotional intelligence.
God created sleep not only to cure sleepiness, but to serve our bodies and brains in many beneficial ways. Unfortunately, many leaders, especially pastors, try to lead without getting adequate sleep and live with a sleepy leader’s brain. When we don’t get enough sleep, our brains don’t work as well. Thus, we don’t lead at our best.
So what happens when we don’t get enough sleep, besides feeling sleepy? Here’s what the experts tell us happens to our brains when we don’t get adequate sleep.
God gave us an amazing three pound part of our body called the brain. And today, the brain is big. Books about the brain are flying off the shelves. Neuroscientists are studying the brain like never before. And President Obama has set aside $100,000,000 for the BRAIN Initiative, an ambitious project to map the brain. So how can we keep this wonderful gift from God healthy?
Dr. David Rock and Dr. Daniel Siegal combed years of research to assimilate what they call the “Healthy Mind Platter,” seven activities that help people, including leaders, maximize that three-pound wonder.
I’ve put my own spin on their findings and listed those seven activities below that when practiced, can help leaders maximize their effectiveness.
In my last post I discussed how ministry stress can sometimes make pastors feel like zombies: listless, unmotivated, and mentally distracted. Many of you took the Zombie Zone Quiz to find out if you were in that zombie zone.
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So if you currently feel like a zombie pastor, what can you do to renew your passion, energy, and zest for ministry? Consider these 10 simple steps that can help you regain your joy and step into God’s healthy zone.