One of my favorite activities is team building. I love identifying gifts in people, finding just the right place for them, and plugging them in.
Honestly, it’s a tedious task. It takes a lot of time and energy to “get the right people on the bus” as author and speaker Jim Collins would say, but the results can be phenomenal.
When we share work with people, so much more can get done. And, many times it gets done better than what we could do it ourselves, because other individuals may be more gifted in a certain area than we are.
Here are some tips I’ve learned:
- Invite, don’t recruit: Make people feel like they are coming alongside you. Let them know they aren’t just fulfilling a role, but they are fulfilling a mission.
- Play to their strengths: Who doesn’t like a compliment? Let them know the wonderful qualities you see in them that would make them an asset to your team.
- Cast a vision: Let them know the potential involved. Help them to see how they are a part of an end goal.
- Show humility: We can often make the mistake of thinking everyone should be passionate about what we are passionate about. This is not always the case. Just because you love animals and want to volunteer at the shelter, doesn’t mean you neighbor does. You can communicate passion, but don’t make people feel bad if they aren’t interested.
- Be gracious: Don’t be afraid to accept the “no.” Many people fail to ask others to help, because they fear being rejected. As in the previous point, they may have another passion. It may be the wrong season of life. They could be over-committed already. Responsibilities with family members may prevent them from joining you. Be understanding. This will make them more willing to join you in the future when the time is right.
For me, prayer has been a huge component, as well. I feel God has placed people in my path that would otherwise not have been there had I not been praying for his guidance.
The last few months I have been team building for two amazing opportunities. If you live in the Bloomington, IN area, I would love for you to be a part of one of these events if it fits your needs or you are available. Tell your friends, too!
One Girl: If you are a tween or teen girl (9-18), this conference is for you. Not only will you have fun, but you will learn amazing leadership skills. I so wish this had been available when I was that age. One Girl will be on September 18 and 19th, 2015. And, one of the best parts is that moms can join, too! There will be three main session speakers and two workshop times (each with two choices). Register here. Find more information on the One Mom portion here: One Mom Workshops and Speakers.
mom2mom: For the last 10 years I have had the privilege of working with young moms (even when I was one). mom2mom is a wonderful group that meets on Friday mornings during the school year at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. There is a time to connect, a guest speaker, and time for discussion. If you, or someone you know, is a mom of little ones, this could be a great place to develop some friendships. Free childcare and a yummy breakfast are provided! If interested, register here. Just scroll down to “Mom’s Groups” toward the bottom. IU students can get credit for volunteering for our children’s program and homeschoolers can get some service time in!
We truly are better together!