The Heart and Attitude for a Great Event

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1.  Know the why behind the what.

a lot of the time we focus on what we need to do and how we need to do it, not realizing the real motivation for those who are working with us is the why.  
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?  
WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE IN THIS? WHAT IS THE VISION FOR THIS?  
WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES THAT WE WANT?

How do we clarify and reiterate the why?  Analogies, & explanations.  

This is not a waste of time but rather the best use of our time.  

Most people will retain what and how to do something more readily if they know the WHY.

2.  Clarify and Communicate

If we are not clear with our vision, people will create their own for our event.

. -Andy Stanley

Can it be clarified in simple terms? How many steps are there?  
Are there any hidden meanings?  
Are their any assumptions?

Communication is mutual understanding. Talking and listening are conversation.  You have communicated when both parties understand the same thing.

3.  Same Page meetings

Have meetings with each dept involved seperately and together on a regular consistant basis, leading up to the event.

Have a time line that includes everything.  Start from the date of the event and walk backwards, include a dead day.

Use the tools at your disposal.  email, facebook groups, text groups etc.

Keep everyone in the loop.  

Nothing is lost by keeping everyone in the loop but everything can be lost of a significant person is out of the loop.

4.  Create the Wow Factor

Wow is the unexpected positives.  
people leave saying wow, I never expected that to happen at this event.

Over and above excellence always translates to Care.  

5.  Finishing well is more important than starting well.

Most organizations do ok with the pre planning and pulling off of events, where they fail is finishing strong.  

Once the high point of the event is over, the air goes out and we all go our seperate ways, and there is a lot left to do.  

Especially in church things where follow up, and finishing up can be the most important.

Your team can lose morale at this point, and not perform well the next time as a result.

Start as a team, run as a team, finish as a team.

6.  Keep notes and debrief

Keep notes on everything you do start to finish. You can refer back to it and not have to repeat every time, and you can know what you need to change.  Its amazing what you can forget in this process.

Take the time after an event to talk over what was good, what was great, what was not so good and what was bad.

Evaluate, think solutions, keep record of it for the next time.

7.  Excellence is an attitude.

Using what you have to the best of your ability.

Excellence never says thats good enough.

Excellence always says, what more can we do, how can we make it better?

8.  Create a basic system that is general to all events, that can be specified for each event.

No reason to reinvent the wheel with every event. Good systems can be the difference between success and failure

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3 Killers of Team Spirit.

Sarcasm, criticism, cynicism

Sarcasm– Pronunciation: \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\
Function: noun
Etymology: French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, from sark-, sarx flesh; probably akin to Avestan thwarəs- to cut

1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain 2a : a mode of satirical depending for its effect on bitter and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b : the use or language of sarcasm

Criticism-Main Entry: crit·i·cism
Pronunciation: \ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm\

1 a : the act of criticizing usually unfavorably b : a critical observation or remark

Cynicism-implies having a sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrity. Pessimistic, distrustful

It seems in our day that these three words are a way of life, and many in the church are teaching this as a philosophy. There is this idea that we should question everything, distrust everyone, and have a cutting sharp attitude in the name of humor.

Don’t get me wrong I believe that we should try the spirits as the Bible says, we shouldn’t just follow everything and everyone blindly but this attitude of cynicism that has us questioning even the validity of the Bible and truth has gone too far and is destroying people. In most cases this attitude is predicated on a cultural and moral relativism that does its best to wipe out substantial truth and replace it with experiential understanding.

Bottom line is cynicism, sarcasm and criticism are incredibly negative concepts and give birth to doubt not faith.

Should we evaluate? Yes! Should we be constantly critical? No

For teams to work together and make progress there has to be a high level of faith in the cause, the team members and an honoring of leadership. This evil trinity stifles all of that.

Lets drop this negativity and doubt and instead be encouraging, trusting and edifying. That’s what builds teams and brings positive change.

Challenging authority, doubting truth, and criticizing others only locks you in to a non learning environment and comes from a dogmatic know it all spirit.

If you want your team to thrive, confront these attitudes and replace them with faith.

That’s effective team spirit.

A Great Attitude is Like Jumping in a Cold Pool in the Hot Summer

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Encountering people with a bad attitude is so common that when you connect with a person that has a good attitude they seem alien.

I just said hello to a lady who must have been in her 70’s she was moving slow, getting out of her car. She was a bit slumped but had a huge smile. I said “hello, how are you?”. She said “Doing great!” I said with weather like this in January how could we be bad?”

Her response made my day, because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard or possibly even said, I hope this doesn’t mean we are
Going to have a horrible late winter.

She responded, “the later in to January we have weather like this I don’t see how we could have a bad winter!”

It was a purposefully thought out positive answer. It made may day and lifted my attitude.

The best part about good attitude? It’s contagious

No Thank You

I’ve learned and regularly learn that success in life requires focus, and in order to focus distraction must be a thing of the past.

Especially in the area of attitude. Having a good attitude requires us to say no to wrong attitudes. To focus on thinking right, we have to say no to wrong thinking?

No thank you is a proper response in developing right attitude.

Say no thank you to…

1. Constant negativity
2. Being drawn in to inappropriate conversations about others
3. Making assumptions
4. Pity
5. a victims mindset
6. people pleasing
7. Insecurity

Sometimes the best response is “no thank you”.

Lead Anyway

I hear this word a lot. “frustration.”. What is it? To me frustration is the differential between reality and expectation. You have certain expectations for people, situations, circumstances, and even goals. But at times your reality misses the mark. That is frustration.

Problem we have is getting focused on the frustration, which creates more frustration. We have to remind ourselves we move in the direction of our focus, so regardless of reality keep our eyes on the expectation and it will draw us to it.

If things aren’t working out just right lead anyway. If people aren’t getting it, lead anyway. If your reality has never been farther from your expectation lead anyway.

Frustration is a killer if you allow it to become your focus and paralyze your leadership.

Focus on the expectation of Gods purpose for you, and lead towards it, and regardless of people, circumstances or time, you will arrive at your expected end. Lead anyway.

It’s a hard knock life…Be thankful

1 Thessalonians 5:8 (AMP) Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

Of course we shouldn’t have the attitude that his is a hard knock life, because attitude is everything, and that is what this passage of scripture is all about.  Its not a hard knock life, but as Christians we can not deny that life has some hard knocks.  Just because we know Jesus and have a relationhip with Him, does not mean we will never face adverse or difficult circumstances.  What is different, or should be different, is the attitude we have regardless of those circumstances.

When we as believers face hardship what is our response?  I think its interesting that Paul tells us to be thankful.  Have you ever tried to really be negative and thankful or grateful at the same time.  Its impossible to gripe and complain when our heart is truly thankful.  However, lets not get our theology confused here.  The bible does not say give thanks “for” everything, but “in” everything.

Many times Christians not able to explain “why” things happen, over sensationalize and spiritualize problems as if God is doing it to them to teach them a lesson.  That is not what Paul is saying, he is saying, no matter what this life throws at us, in the middle of it all, thank God.  Which is the true point of the story of Job.  No matter what, thank God.

Its that praise and worship of God that will see you through, but God is not doing bad things to you to teach you a lesson, because if we are not thankful “for” it, but “in”  it, then it can’t be God.  God compared himself to earthly fathers and showed us He is much better.  God would no more do bad things to you or I to teach us a lesson, than I would punch my daughter in the face to get her to obey.

It’s God’s will that we be thankful in the midst of negative circumstances because it lifts us and sets our faith above the problems, and on to the power of God Himself to lift us above or see us through the circumstances.  It also is a great testimoney to others of our trust in God.  So be encouraged, trust God, and be thankful, God is on your side.

what are some ways, you remain thankful?