Choosing A Winning Mentality: A Word From Katinka Hosszu

Winning Mentality


What do you say to yourself when you wake up in the morning?

Are they words that get you pumped for the day to come, or do they make you want to pull the covers over your head and try again tomorrow?

If you relate more to the latter, one of the most talented professional swimmers in the world, Katinka Hosszu, has some encouraging words for you… (more…)

Worker Realization Model: Step Two – Discover



If you’re just tuning in, we are in the middle of our Worker Realization Model series. So far, we’ve discussed volunteer motivation as well as the first step in this process, which is inspire. If you have missed any of our previous posts, you can catch up here. Today, we’ll be covering the second step in our model: discover.

For many of us, the idea of building relationships and learning about our volunteers is a vital part of the recruitment process. When we think about the word discover, we most likely think about trying to discern whether this person will fit in our department. Quite often we have our own internal checklist with which we judge prospective team members. I would argue, however, that discovery is less about what we want to learn about them, and more about what they need to learn about themselves. Instead of asking yourself if this person can accomplish the task you have in mind, seek to understand what makes your volunteer tick. Who they are is far more important than what you want them to do.

Every volunteer needs to learn who God has created them to be. It is your job as their pastor and leader to partner with them on that journey. To help them along, ask them these three questions: (more…)

Staying Encouraged on Your Emotional Intelligence Journey

Emotional Journey


Before we conclude our series on emotional intelligence, I want to leave you with some encouragement … as you work on developing some of these competencies, remember: it’s not about being the best and brightest, it’s about being balanced.

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Everyone’s road to better emotional intelligence is paved differently; some require more time than others. But the work and effort put into developing emotional intelligence will always pay off in the end. Even people with excellent leadership capacity should strive to better understand the areas of EQ they can stand to grow in. So don’t feel bad if you feel like you have a lot to learn. (more…)

Worker Realization Model: Step One – Inspire



Over the last few weeks, we have laid the foundation for our Worker Realization Model. If you have missed any of our posts in the series, you can check those out here. Now that we understand volunteer motivation, we can move on and take the first step in the Worker Realization Model: Inspire.

Have you ever heard someone tell a story that moved you to your core? Perhaps you heard a testimony from a missionary that detailed the work they are doing in a way that not only captured your attention, but caused you to pull out your wallet and make a commitment to support them financially. I have had those moments, but I believe it was more than just their storytelling that impacted me. I was moved by their mission and inspired by their vision. I gave because I believed in what they were working towards. I wanted an opportunity to be a part of what God was doing in their corner of the world.

If we want to build healthy teams, we must first communicate a strong vision. I read an article recently that described a healthy vision as “one that focuses action, provides direction, and inspires your stakeholders in all parts of life to move in a direction you choose.” We may not have stakeholders, but we do have volunteers. Let’s take a closer look at what makes a strong vision. (more…)