If you read this title the way a majority would, you would see a side of those words that was never meant to be so…..
You probably read “How to use your team to it’s fullest”!
Which doesn’t SOUND all that bad but in our minds, the definition, would mean……”drain your team of all they have, that’s what they’re there for”!
I may be wrong, God knows I’m definitely wrong about you, cause you would never do that, I would never do that right???
No, we wouldn’t, or at least, we would never mean to…..
And the truth is, when we get a glimpse of our own actions going in that direction, we pray for an intervention, “God help me change this”!!!
The bigger truth is that, our culture seems to have built a system that uses people for everything they got, till they ain’t got no more…..
And if you look at it from a fulfillment point of view, most of us, WANT to use everything we have and go to the grave with nothing left to give right???
Absolutely, how many books, quote’s, messages, challenges have you heard lately that say just that…..
However, and a HUGE however, is, “is it our job as leaders, managers, directors, etc. etc. to make sure someone else does that”, OR is it our job to make sure we, ourselves, me, you, I the ONE and only someone that we are completely responsible for does?
See, because of what we’ve been trained to do and learn-ed to do, we expect the same from those around us, especially when we have an authority over them (how easy is that) EVEN in good intent, for their own good, we push and drive, and “encourage” to give 1000%, to go till you can’t go no more…..
All most ALL the time, with good intent…..
To put into words and simply come up with a solution for this is not easy, I DON’T HAVE all the words or the solution at hand, BUT, I do know that I’ve been on both sides of this coin, and I HAVE failed in both cases, and I will say, I do my best to make it not so NOW, no matter what the climate or DNA of the organization that God has allowed me to be a part of, effective leadership comes from effective influence, and effective influence comes with a heart of pure intent, one that seeks God’s heart for all that’s intended…..
“How to get the most out of your team”?? You decide, make your choice on how to lead, shepherd, direct, encourage, but make sure to do it with an intent to “love on” and care for as a true shepherd needs to, and know, always know, that those that are appreciated, truly appreciated, will love to do what they do, for the one they report to, and will have a true understanding of the One we all “report to”!!