How to get the MOST out of your team!

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”!!



Why measuring SUCCESS results in FAILURE!

Why is success so subjective?

To a small town, small church, small team, success looks WAY different than…..

A BIG town, BIG church, BIG team.

And the same goes for…..


Personal goals, wealth, physical fitness…..

etc. etc. etc.

So then why when we measure success, we more often than not are still not happy, we still feel like we’ve failed?

We’re still not as big as we wanna be, strong as we wanna be, pretty as we wanna be, successful as we wanna be?

Why? Why?? Why???

Maybe because we more often than not, measure it based on others? Maybe because we almost ALWAYS base it on others?

Why does someone else’s success dictate our success?

Maybe because it’s the way our culture has influenced us? Maybe because it’s the way our media has portrayed it to be so?

Maybe because…..

“How else are we supposed to know what works or don’t work, what’s good and what’s not good…..”

What’s successful and not successful!!!

He/she did it that way so I’m gonna do it that way!

They made it work through this and that so that’s the way we will make it work!

While it is definitely true that there are plenty of resources out there and examples of those out there that have achieved success through certain practices and principles that may help you in yours, you have to know that their successes might not be yours…..probably will not be yours, almost assuredly won’t be yours!

There are too many factors that play out that make your organization unique!

Your team unique!

Your vision and purpose unique based on what God has called YOU to do!

That make YOU unique, ME unique, US, EVERYONE, unique!

Make sure you know who you are and who you’re called to be THEN, use resources and examples to further help you succeed and never measure based on others.

Reach your goals, get to the next level, move forward and succeed based on YOU and what success looks like for YOU!

Plan, Purpose, and Proceed!

And when you fail, fail forward!



It seems like our culture of entitlement is using the word “I” just a bit too much.

We have a natural instinct to validate ourselves, promote our ideas, use those around us to “climb the ladder” and just plain talk about ourselves any chance we get.

Basically, “if I don’t no one will”!

Aaaa…..wrong! If you’ve been on the other end of someone taking credit for a collective idea or success, or listening to someone just go on and on about themselves, you know it’s the easiest way for them to lose your respect & trust. Right?

We’ve all been guilty of this in some way or another, whether at times, just that “one time”, or ALL the time, so I can say, I’ll take this thought and run towards a change.

As a leader or even a team member, the best way to develop a following or long lasting trusting relationship with your team members is to share the wins, successes and “pats on the back” with those around you, EVEN if you WERE the idealist, or the forerunner, the leader of the charge or even, “kicked butt” by yourself with little help to make somethin’ happen (that alone can set a fire in those around you to make them want to help the next time). The word “WE” is all too powerful to be replaced by “I”! You won’t win your team over by saying, “ya, I had this idea and it worked out perfectly”. You will win your team over by saying “WE worked hard and made it happen”!

Remember that one time when you had an idea, and it was just a small one but within a team it became a great one and ended in an incredible success, and the “star of the show” popped up when congratulations were in order and said “aww thanks, it was awesome huh”, and never thought to mention the rest of those around or God forbid, give you any slight credit for having the idea in the first place. Yuck……can’t stand that guy!!!!

Or how bout when you were that guy………’s happened.

It doesn’t need to, WE all can start using the “WE>i” philosophy and share in the glory, after all, when it really comes down to it, the One who deserves the Glory anyhow, allows you to win & succeed in HIS ideas that birth in YOU constantly!