• Missions,  Spiritual Formation,  Team dynamics

    Leading When You’re Not in Charge: 3 Key Steps

    Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?  “I could do that better if I were leading”; “I know exactly what this agency/church/group/team needs, if they would just listen to me”; or “if only I were in charge…”  I’m certainly guilty of these thoughts at various points in my life and my guess is you are too.  Unfortunately, they are typically misleading and unhelpful thoughts.  You can find entire books written on this topic (and I hope you’ll find them and read them), but for today let’s look at three simple steps we can take toward being better “behind the scenes” leaders.   Be Positive Being positive doesn’t mean you have…

  • Missions,  Team dynamics

    How to Ruin Missionary Teamwork

    #1-  Be Passive Aggressive This is guaranteed to work.  Increase the use of sarcasm, sarcasm is always well received!  No one gets their feelings hurt when you use sarcasm.  Give a fake smile.  Fake nod of approval works too.  Guilt trips would be on point.  Deliberately avoid responding to your teammates.  I could go on about this one!  No, please don’t do this!  Be honest and open.  Kindly and respectfully challenge passive aggressive behavior when you see it.  Clear the air.  It’s much easier to navigate team dynamics when everyone is being honest. #2-  Make Assumptions It’s always best to assume that you know your teammates thoughts and intentions.  You’re…