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Are you IN the way?

galaxyAnna and I went to a new church today.   We’d visited there once before when we first moved to Bend, but hadn’t returned since.   No reason really, just at that time we knew it wasn’t where we needed to be.  It was a great service and as expected, the teaching was really good.   Antioch Church in Bend.

Pastor Ken shared a story about taking a group of 11-12 year old troubled youth from LA to the mountains for a retreat back when he was in college.    Late one night, he “snuck out” with the kids and they all took their bed rolls out to a hillside and watched the twinkling of the stars well into the night.  For every single kid, it was the first time that they had been able to see the stars.   They were astonished.  The light pollution in LA had been so severe and none of them had ever been above it so they’d never seens stars.  Can you imagine that?   They had no idea the glory of looking into a clear night sky and seeing million of God’s most wonderful creations twinkling down at them.

He was driving towards how religion can many times be the same as light pollution.  It can be a distraction and get between people and God making it actually harder for them to see and find Him, or what He is bringing.  Religion should rather encourage, get behind people, come alongside and encourage, empower and assist them toward God.

I immediately wondered if I do that as a coach.  I believe that coaching, discipling, mentoring takes an enormous amount of humility and submitting to the Holy Spirit as well as a sound foundation of biblical truth.   But it’s still very easy to find ourselves swayed by the current thought or philosophy of the day.  Not all of it is bad of course and there’s nothing wrong with bringing good wisdom and teaching into the life of leaders BUT I (we) need to guard against getting between people and God and rather, stay behind or alongside of them encouraging, cheering them on and assisting them to be and do – who and what  GOD desires.

What do you think?

GOOGLE CALENDAR AND COACHING

Google CalendarSo, I’m not kidding when I say that I think Google is quickly becoming the goto location and source for all things on the internet.    I am seriously considering moving away from Microsoft product.   Given, Microsoft product probably does most if not all of what Google will do but it’s not free and it’s frankly just not as intuitive.

I’m a coach.   I meet regularly with many clients over the phone every two weeks for a set amount of time.   The calendar for those sessions, for each client is set for the year and is maintained by my assistant coach.   So the only people that have access to that calendar are me and my assistant.   In addition, each session I also take notes for myself as well as action steps that the client and I agree upon.  These are actions that the client is agreeing to complete before the next time we meet.    We also track maximum points of accountability and emails back and forth etc…

Here’s the problem I’ve been facing.  The software I currently use doesn’t allow my client to see the calendar.    And all action step updates and maximum accountability is back and forth in the form of email and documents that must be saved, rewritten, tracked, opened closed…   It works but it’s not smooth, it’s not simple, at least it’s not as simple as a lot of the processes available to people today.   And as a coach, I have a belieft that it’s in my best interest and the best interest of the client if I can help them develop productivity and efficiency in utilizing today’s tools.      We both need access to not only the calendar but it would be extremely helpful for us to be able to share the action plans back and forth on a continual basis.

logo_docs1I wasn’t always a a coach but was a leader in a church for a long time.  In my own experience as a client, there were times when I needed assistance or had a question or simply wanted to share something in relation to an action item or something related.   What if I could share all of that livetime over the internet with my coach?  Well you can; using Google’s calendar and notebook, I can do everything that Microsoft Office does, and ACT does quicker, faster and with greater efficiency because it’s also connected to a sharing function which allows me to tie in my client.

My current software set up has some pretty nifty built in features but these can easily be reproduced in an online format and shared between myself and the client.

Although a coach specific solution is sure to come, for now, Google provides a quick and easy alternative for sharing (securely) information and calendars with 1 or 1000 people.    Cool stuff.

Check it out!

BUILDING CHAMPIONS EXPERIENCE 2009

Let me begin by saying that the highlight of my day, outside of some great time in prayer and my beautiful wife is that Dennis Worden brought me a copy of the new book by Seth Godin, Tribes, which I am currently devouring!. I however, needed a break and thought I would share some of my key thoughts from today’s sessions, led by the Building Champions team, Daniel Harkavy and Steve Scanlon.
The Building Champions Experience is a 4 day event located in the heart of beautiful central Oregon, where 140+ business people from around the country, all clients of BC, are being immersed in an experience. An experience that has a centrality of focus around the Core4. If you aren’t sure about what that is, check out http://www.buildingchampions.org/ or http://www.ministrycoaching.org/ The purpose of the next three days is for our sister company to Daniel shared about a trip he’d been on three weeks before today to New York and some of the key learnings that he took away. Here’s what I got.

  • in the next 10 years, the change we will see and experience will be more dramatic than anything we’ve ever experienced in all of history
  • change requires adjustment in thinking and believing.
  • make tough decision now
  • don’t wait-focus on financial fundamentals
  • get your business to a place of health
  • keep your talent – at all costs
  • ask intelligent questions
  • See and believe the vision; be able to deliver a courageous, compelling and clear vision to a very scared people.
  • act fast and be transparent
  • Quote “All great leaders and companies have survived at least one near death experience”
  • Lean forward

My takeaways from Daniels session were this.

1. My #1 advisor (coach) needs to be, should be and is my wife Anna.

2. In times of difficulty and confusion (i.e. NOW) I need more than ever to exhibit bifocal vision. Def. is the ability to keep one ey on the vision (looking forward to the future) and one ey on the reality of today.

3. Disciplined. Raise my level of being disciplined.

Case in point. I had a friend this week who questioned, kinda, my ideal week. He looked at it, and smuggly said something to the effect of, “Wow, you really have it all laid out here, when do you find time for other stuff.” I didn’t really address it at that point. But that’s the whole POINT. My ideal week, matched to my life plan IS my life. It encompasses the most important callings and priorites that God has put into my heart and my life. That being said, I realize I need to be even more disciplined.

The next session was led by Steve Scanlon. Here was my #1 takeaway.

If I really want accountability…if I really want accountability…really really really want it…then I will get rid of all subtle ambiguity in my life. I will unashamedly, courageously step into disciplined, intentional behaviors that are defined and stamped in such a way as to ERRADICATE, the opportunity for ambiguity. Period.

And secondly, I was reminded of how important STORY is. It’s a core part of connecting with the heart. If I am going to succeed in leading anything or anyone, I have to be able to share the story and I have to be able to share it from my heart.

I really enjoyed today. My mind is thinking and spinning and I want to get back to my book so I’ll leave with this quote. I penned my first “quote” today.

“All journeys, worth traveling on, will involve pain and disappointment.” Maybe in my idealistic little world, I’ve forgotten that, I’m not sure. But I believe it with all my heart.