>For the most part, I’ve talked about following, as it pertains to people.
>Well let me be straight up, here…committing to FIVE blogs on followship is a tad challenging.
But right now what I’m feeling, is to share with you some of the peeps I follow.
We all lead and have folks who follow us, but I hope this post will help you get to know who I follow
AND help me keep a healthy perspective.
‘Cause leading can give you a big head, man. Perhaps listing who we follow can offer us a little head-shrinking, eh?
And maybe you bloggers out there can list who you follow too? Or not. Anyway, here we go………………….
1. God -read more about my #1, here: biblegateway
2. Raul – he doesn’t blog, but he loves to read this one: swerve.lifechurch
3. Rob & Rach Funk – they don’t blog either, but my p.’s attend an awesome church,willowcreek
4. Troy & Steph Gramling, get to know them: troygramling & stephaniegramling
5. Allen & Sharon – lot of experience, lot of wisdom, lot of fun
6. DJ & Andy – I know they’re 4 & 2, respectively, but in a way only I can know, I follow them. If I don’t follow where God takes them, I’ll miss priceless opportunities.
7. John Ortberg – he’s mentored me even when I was a drunk-punk. I hope to meet him someday: mppcfamily
8. Nancy Beach -again, mentoring me from afar since I was in h-school. If you are creative & in ministry you should follow her too: nancybeach
9. Larry King – in a roundabout way, I follow him every night: larry.king.live
10. Long-Time Friends: Kim, Christia, Liana, Keri, Shannon, Jeni, Michele – they’ve stuck with me for a long time (no easy task) and I am grateful.
As promised, here’s what I’d do if I was being led by more than one leader….
Do you remember, in the NT, when Paul & Barnabas had a fight? (Acts 15,biblegateway )
Two great apostles!
Two great leaders!
Do you think this messed w/ their followers when this all went down?
Like “torn between two lovers…” or what?
Sometimes, we follow one leader.
Sometimes, we follow more than one.
What do we do? Esp. if something weird or negative goes down?
I’ll tell you what I’d do….after you tell me what you’d do, K?
Let’s talk about it, and maybe, collectively, we can resolve this quandary!
It’s been part of my “job” since I started pushing around my first bro, Jason, 31 years ago.
And a lot of times this butts up against my non-instinct to follow.
That being said, I’d like to compare two bosses:My current boss, troygramling atflamingoroadchurch and a former boss, we’ll call her “Loca” at XYZ Company.
These bosses were TOTALLY different. I am their common denominator.
They both led me, I followed both of them.
I have been working for Troy for 5 months, I worked for “Loca” for one month.
Troy hasn’t fired me yet. “Loca” fired me after 30 days.
What I didn’t do well under “Loca’s” leadership (even though it sucked) was follow well.
I didn’t trust her, I didn’t give her the chance to be trusted, I didn’t pray for her, I didn’t pray for our work-relationship.
I didn’t give her the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t just let her get the “win.”
I didn’t keep silent about her to my peers.
And the list goes on.
I just wonder, at times, when it comes to the bad working scenario… is it really their bad leadership, or is it…our bad followship*
(thanks for the word, Fuller)
Have a great day, & let me know if you’re feelin’ it w/ this Food-For-Followship post!
- OK, so I realized something….who am I to sit here everyday and blog about leading?
- I mean, seriously, c’mon… isn’t the bulk of what I do way more about following??
- So for the next 5 blogs, I’m gonna spill my guts & glory about following.
- See you there.
“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you…You know the way to the place where I am going…”
We signed up for a 30-min. private encounter at a dolphin cove. First, we mingled & fed the dolphins; then we had Q & A with the dolphin trainers. During the Q & A, the trainer shared about the dolphin’s daily life, in so many words or less, she said, “the dolphins don’t try to leave the cove, but on the few occasions when they got out, all they wanted to do was get back in…” Based on my observation, I wouldn’t question that for one minute. The adoration between the dolphins and the trainers was unequivocally the same–trust and love went both ways. At the end of the meeting, I understood why the dolphins would inadvertently & passively get out, but would aggressively assert themselves to get back in.
Here’s this Evan-guy, who Morgan Freeman raises up to be a leader, to lead something that is way bigger than he is.
Where are you being Noah?
And what ark has God led you to build?
As leaders, let’s just get on the same page, right now: FACT – Leaders attend meetings.
Can I hear an “amen?” Pound your chest,right now, if you agree that as leaders we will always have meetings.
OK, now, get a load of this…
Today, in an 8-hr planning meeting with 12 leaders, I witnessed theloudest manifestation of that verse up there.
Around our boardroom table, there wasn’t just 12 feet, or just 12 noses, or just 12 elbows.
Today, what God did was put together a bunch of motley parts and HE created one cool body.
As a result?
Great things were accomplished.
I’m not gonna give the names of the people around the table, but I do have one-word descriptor for each of them. Look at this list of those in attendance:
- The Thinking One
- The Creative One
- The Inquisitive One
- The Trendsetting One
- The Rational One
- The Lighthearted One
- The Wise One
- The Practical One
- The Challenging One
- The Visionary One
- The Dreaming One
- The Sensitive One
And now, tell me, is that not a cool body, made up of cool parts, by one totally cool God? Wherever you lead, look for lots of parts, and watch how God moves mountains thru them.