ABOUT THE BLOG
At the Finish Well Group, we are passionate about a few vital matters. We care deeply about the Body of Christ. In particular, as our name and tagline point out, we care very deeply about helping Christian leaders flourish, and ultimately, helping them finish well.
As such, our blog will be devoted to helping Christian leaders truly know and experience those sweet possibilities. Possibilities that can become realities, especially if we live our lives in certain ways.
We believe that there are core topics that are directly related to flourishing and finishing well. And, if a leader can gradually gain more and more skill or mastery in those areas, it would follow that flourishing and finishing well would be more and more likely to happen. What are those areas, you ask?
Our best sense for those areas will be the focus for our blogs. Read more below about the categories we think are vitally important to strong Christian leadership.
Shape What Matters
There are certain skill areas that are critical to leading well, or as we would say, to skillfully “shape what matters.” Topics important to leading well include: surveying current reality clearly, envisioning a God-honoring future, building a structure to realize the vision, and shaping your organization (by how you develop people and influence culture) to guide the organization towards realizing the vision. People can be naturally strong in some of these, and yet it always takes intentionality to grow and be strong and all of them. We hope our writing efforts will help you see where you need to grow, and play some part in helping you lead well and shape what matters.
Help People Flourish
Leaders who change lives are coaching leaders. Leaders who make a lasting, transformational difference, are coaching leaders. This means having the necessary perspectives and skills, (most of which do not come naturally), to truly help people grow. This would include skills like: listening well, empathizing well, asking good questions, naming well, sharing perspective well, affirming well, challenging well, and confronting well. Yes, that is quite a list. In our blog, off and on, we will be writing about these core perspectives and skills that will help you help your people flourish.
Live a Richer Story
The thing is, if you are going to lead well, and coach well, you have to know your story. What does it mean to know your story? That is a good question. To know your story means to know who and what the biggest influencers have been on who you have become as a person. This includes the positive elements, like the ways God has clearly extended grace into your story, to help you get to know him better and become more like his Son. It also includes what could be called the negative elements. This is about ways that Satan “snuck” lies into your interpretation of painful events, especially the ways you’ve been led to question your worth, or your gifts. You see, the better we know our story, the more ability we have expel the lies that snuck in. That means more freedom to live in grace and fully express your gifts. Also, the better we know our stories, the more capable we are of empathizing. As Daniel Goleman says “empathy is the key to retaining talent.” Beyond that our ability to empathize is absolutely critical to our ability to coach well and, I would say ultimately to lead in ways that truly lead to creating teams and organizations that are transformational. If we don’t know our story, or if we choose not to get to know our story, we are at some level choosing to have less impact on things that matter the most. Some of our blogs will be about this vitally important topic.
The Secret Sauce to Flourishing
Learning how to embrace play, renewal and growth is perhaps the most important thing a leader can learn to do. Seriously. Leaders who do not take time out to play, renewal or growth sentence themselves to decades, (should they get that long) of being the same. Actually, the deeper truth is if they don’t embrace these activities, they slide more and more towards the dark, and their fruit becomes more and more bland. Very sad. One of our greatest dreams at the Finish Well Group, is to help leaders learn how to listen to the Lord better and better around honoring the real needs of their souls and accepting their limits. So, we will do our best to write content that is compelling, persuasive, and rooted in the Lord, in order to help you embrace those things that will enable you to have the greatest chance of flourishing and finishing well.
The Ultimate in Finishing Well
Oh man, this is what it’s all about. The big three is my affectionate term for the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. From our vantage point, everything finds their center and life in Them. Every true kind of flourishing flows from Them. Finishing Well, ultimately means having become more and more like his Son and having a beautiful offering to present to them as your life’s work. At some level, every blog post will tie in with Them. Our wish is to help you want to get to know Them better, and actually get to know Them better, through our posts. We pray that through your connection with us somehow you will be compelled to live a life that is more and more pleasing to Them.
My team and I would love to hear about topics you would like for us to write about…to help you flourish and finish well. Please let us know and we’ll do our best to write about them in ways that help you fulfill God’s good dreams for your life.
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