Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Leadership Through Love - Chapter 7 - "Field Trips & More!" (Steve Martin)

Chapter 7

Field Trips & More!
 - Enjoying Staff Events

- Staff Retreats
- Party Time!
      - Birthdays and BBQs
      - After Hours

Staff are often called upon to make events happen, such as the church picnic, the business expo, or the ministry conference. That is part of the job requirements, and understood by all. But serving others makes one desire, and need, a break once in awhile, to just relax and “hang out”. Just as in families, once a big event has come and gone, the staff needs some down time, apart from the “regular job duties”, to enjoy one another and continue to build good relationships. 

Coming from a large family, I appreciate the opportunities we had, and have, to be with one another, where one is not expected to have to “perform”.

Louis & Lila Martin family
- plus the almost full tribe of eight! 
(One yet to come...) 1968 in Cedar Falls, Iowa

Being one who enjoys having a good time, and wanting to see others involved as much as they desire, I saw to it that each staff I was blessed with had times of being together apart from the daily routine or the big event. I realized the importance of having a good time, when the pressures of the daily work or weekend schedule for church weren’t pushing hard.

For the monthly birthdays, we made it a point to celebrate these special days in the life of the accountant, the shipping supervisor, the custodian, the editor, or the receptionist. Having all the employees gather in the lunch room, my assistant and I had a birthday cake, ice cream, and sometimes balloons and other decorations ready to bless those whose birthday it was that month. 

This makes each individual know that they are indeed special and important, and not just someone sitting in the chair getting the job done.

Vision for Israel - partial staff - birthday party 2009
(L-R) Steve, Jodie Goodman, Indira & Edgar Persad

A specially made #24 birthday cake 
at the office for #55! (2009)

Once a year, we would try to schedule a staff retreat, out of town, for two days and nights. Usually this was after the annual conference, or some other event that had required extra effort and time. Going to a mountain retreat lodge, or a resort where all the food and recreation coordination was done by someone other than our own, was always a much appreciated time together.

Being able to gather after office hours, on a weekend or weekday night, gives employees the chance to appreciate each one even more, with an evening baseball or basketball game, racing event at the track, or a good band playing at the food gathering.

Whether the expense is covered by the business, church or ministry, or each pays separately, the staff see this extra care shown by the administrator and other leaders that the whole person is important, in addition to being the one on staff who gets the job done. It is interesting to hear what people say and do when “not on the job”. It can be a very positive addition to the ongoing relationships that are important to maintaining good relationships in the office.

Kevin Grafton, co-worker 
- Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation (Mendota, IL 1977-1980)
and Vision for Israel (Charlotte, NC 2001-2004)
Grill-Master on both jobs!

Another bonding time that is fun to do is to have summer cookouts during the work week day. It seems that each staff has a “grill master” on board, who likes to show off his home crafted skills on the gas grill. Give him or her that opportunity!

Buying either store prepared food, or having each one bring a dish from home, helps create an “at ease” break during the work day. And it makes a good lunch too!

I know the Lord knew the importance of getting His team away from the daily routine, as He would take them apart from time to time. A time to be refreshed, to “recharge the batteries” is important in the business life as well. Just having time to stop doing the normal routine will help keep people desiring to give their best throughout the year.

Planning staff events ahead of time gives people the opportunity to look ahead, to anticipate the time out with the others. As we all like adventure and to get “of the beaten path” sometimes, give the staff these opportunities throughout the year.

Ahava ("love" in Hebrew) and shalom!

Steve Martin
Love For His People, Inc.

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Note: To read the Intro, Chapter Listings and first six chapters, please use the Search Box in the top right hand corner of this Blog, and enter "Leadership Through Love." Be blessed in your reading!

Leadership Through Love

Chapter Listings

1.      A Gift for His Purposes

- The Early Years
- On the job training

2.      Use the Tools You Have, But Not the Staff

- Treasure the people, while digging the foundations
- Do unto them as you would…
- Bless and curse not: honor those who serve with you

3.      Right Man (or Woman!) for the Job

- All are created equal – make the most of this!
- If the Shoe Fits, Have Them Wear It

4.      Train and Let Loose

- It IS Who You Know and Are Known By
- Hire To Complement Your Strengths
- if you are weak, then they are strong
- Outsource as needed

5.      Burn Candles At Both Ends? – NOT!

- Rest and Sabbath Days
- Mornings with the Lord
- Trust in Him at all times
- We all are given 24 hours each day

6.       The Visionaries Need You!

-          They dream it - you make it happen
-          It takes a team
-          Head Won’t Get Far without the Neck
(or heads will roll)
7.      Field Trips and More!

- Staff Retreats
- Party Time!
- Birthdays and BBQs
- After Hours

8.      It Doesn’t All Depend On You

- The Lord is the Rock – Not You
- Whose strength  - yours or His?
   - Key Staff to Lean On
    - Trustworthy managers and assistants

9.      Practically Speaking…and Walking

- Handle each piece of paper once
- File so you can find it!
- Early morning – before the others come
- Take a Break

10.  Meetings – Time-manger or Time-waster?

- Do you really need all those meetings?
- Group or One-On-One?
- Why Morning and Mid-Week?
 - Prov. 24:6 “By wise counsel…multitude of counselors

11.  Acknowledge Him in All Your Ways

- Heart of Thankfulness
- Heart of Worship
- Heart of Service

12.  Another Man’s Vineyard

-          Follow & help fulfill their vision
-          Faithful with another’s
-          Learn and growth until your time
-          The proper way of moving on

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Thanks for sharing. Blessings on your head from the Lord Jesus, Yeshua HaMashiach.

Steve Martin
Love For His People
Charlotte, NC USA