Model, Care, Cause

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In this 18-minute session from the 2012 Work as Worship Conference, Tara Russell, CEO and Founder of Create Common Good, talks about how our personal journeys can be the backdrop and roadmap for how to best model inspired lives, care for our people and teams, and energize and invest in the causes that align with our values.

Before we hear from Tara, listen to co-founders Henry Kaestner and David Morkin talk about the values of, a successful internet connectivity business.

David, Henry and others at model a work/life/family balance that makes for a healthy and productive company. They work hard, pay hard and serve others. How do you model Christ-centered leadership? How to you cope with the stress of leading others?

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact the way you lead.

Tara gave 4 principles she learned that helps her as a leader:
  1. Stop.
  2. Just say "no."
  3. Be transparent.
  4. Own your junk.

As a leader, your world naturally focuses on "do;" as you do a lot, do it fast and do it better. How do you stop? Do you have any practice or discipline that helps you get out of the "doing" and into just "being"?
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Tara talked about focusing on what you do best and encouraging those you lead to focus on what they need to do. What are the things that only you can do? What can you delegate to others?
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How transparent are you with your team? How do you think honesty can help them in their own lives? What can you do to be authentic and open with those you lead?
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What blind spots might you have in your own life? What mistakes have you made that you need to admit and correct?
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Tara gave her personal experience and struggles in growing food as an analogy to taking care of a team in a way they will flourish. Where do you struggle in the day-to-day of leading others?
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Read 1 Peter 5:1–7. Tara talked about how the Lord, as our shepherd, saves and blesses us. How do you need to "save" your team? Are you/they involved in what is good, but not best? What rest or re-direction that needs to happen?
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Tara talked about a good shepherd as one who listens without an agenda to understand. How are you at listening to those you lead? Are there ways to improve?
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Tara also talked about a good shepherd as one who encourages and appreciates those they lead and gave an example of WOWs (Wins of the Week). How do you encourage your team? Are there ways to improve?
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Read John 6:38. Jesus was clearly focused on his purpose on earth. Why are you doing what you do?
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May you seek out God's truth and purpose in your life as you work and lead every day. 

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.   ~ Romans 12:1–2 (MSG)

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