About George Yates

George Yates is a Church Health Strategist working with churches across North America. With 20 plus years experience as a practitioner, George brings a fresh eye and insight into your ministry setting.

A Leader Willing to Get His Hands Dirty

In the early years of our nation, a man in civilian clothes rode past a small group of tired and battled weary soldiers. They were digging what appeared to be an important defensive position. The leader of the group wasn’t making any effort to help. He just shouted orders and threatened to punish the group if the work wasn’t completed within the hour.

“Why aren’t you helping?} the stranger asked on horseback.

I’m in charge! The men do as I tell them,” said the leader. He added “Help them yourself if you feel so strongly about it.”

To the unkind leader’s surprise the stranger got off his horse and helped the men until the job was finished.

Before he left the stranger congratulated the men for their work, and approached the confused leader. “You should notify top command next time your rank prevents you from supporting your men and I will provide a more permanent solution,” the stranger said.

It was at this moment that the, now humbled leader recognized the stranger as General George Washington. This so-called leader learned a lesson he would never forget!

Truly effective leaders dig with the troops. Those who only desire to bark orders without getting his hands dirty, is not a leader, but a phony wanna be. People working for such a leader know and never forget. Likewise, those who have had the experience of working for a leader like George Washington, never forget their experience either.

Jesus Christ lived the greatest leadership example nearly 2,000. God in the flesh, yet He chose to get his hands dirty. He met daily with the unclean, the run of the mill citizen, the blind, lame, and outcasts of society. His pupils were fisherman, tax collectors, and common men of Galilee. These were not Harvard and Oxford grads.  His leadership caught the attention of government officials and religious leaders as well as people from many nations. His leadership also turned the world upside down and continues to influence many today.

Have you had a leader who was not afraid to get his/her hands dirty. Always jumping in to help move the organization forward? What do you remember about him/her? What’s your leadership story?

It’s not about what you think of yourself, it is, What type of leader do others say you are?

 

Camel Conversation

A mother and a baby camel were lying around under a tree.

Then the baby camel asked, “Mom, Why do camels have humps?”

The mother camel considered this and said, “We are desert animals so we have the humps to store water so we can survive with very little water.”

The baby camel thought for a moment then said, “Okay, why are our legs long and our feet rounded?”

The mama replied, “They are meant for walking in the desert.”

The baby paused, then asked, “Why are our eyelashes long? Sometimes they get in my way.”

The mama responded, “Those long thick eyelashes protect your eyes from the desert sand when it blows in the wind.”

The baby thought and thought. Then he said, “I see. So the hump is to store water when we are in the desert, the legs are for walking through the desert and these eye lashes protect my eyes from the desert sand. “Then why are we in the Zoo?”

God has given us all special skills and abilities. These special gifts that God has given us is to bring about the satisfaction we all desire. That satisfaction comes in helping others.

When we use our skills and abilities for selfish reasons, it is like not using them at all. It is as a camel in a zoo. What are you doing to develop and use your skills and abilities?

Skills and abilities are only useful if you are using them for your God-given purpose. Otherwise they go to waste. Don’t sit around in a zoo. Put your gifts and talents to use helping others. You’ll be glad you did.

What Developing My EIQ Will Do

Leaders of the BBC decided a particular division needed to be shut down. They sent in an executive to give the news to the more than 200 employees who had all worked diligently, giving their best.  The executive sent to deliver the decision started off with a glowing account of how well rival operations were doing, and that he had just returned from a wonderful trip to Cannes. This was not a well-planned delivery just before telling these same people they are soon to be jobless. Would you like to hear of your boss’ great luxurious lifestyle, just before he tells you he is taking away your source of income? This executive did not have EI (Emotional Intelligence), much less an EIQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient).

As David Goleman tells this story in his book, Primal Leadership, he says people became enraged, not only at the decision, but as much with the deliverer of the decision. Fortunately, BBC sent in a second executive who shared of the decision in a different manner. He spoke from the heart about the importance of the calling into journalism, about the dedication and commitment of journalists such as the people seated around him. When he finished, the group cheered.

The same people, about to lose their jobs. But this time they cheered. What made the difference? The temperament. The second executive had a high EIQ. He understood the heart of the matter and the impact of the decision to shut down this division. Therefore, he spoke from his heart.  The temperament of a leader and the temperament of his/her communication delivery sends a loud and clear view of his/her EIQ. The first executive drove the group toward antagonism and hostility, the second toward optimism, even inspiration, in the face of difficulty.

As leaders, we impact people’s lives every day in many ways. Our temperament and how we influence the temperament of others has a significant impact in the effectiveness of our organization. Temperament is outwardly displayed in one’s attitude. When a leader comes across with a rough and impersonal charge, it will negatively affect the attitude of all in attendance and will flow down through the organization. On the other side, as a leader delivers a charge to the organization with enthusiasm and encouragement, the organization will respond more positively.

However, for some reason, emotions (which drive temperament and attitudes) are oftentimes considered irrelevant in the workplace and have no bearing on leadership. Any time a leader can gain insight into better understanding and developing his/her own Emotional Intelligence (EI) will only increase positive leadership ability. Understanding and developing your own EI will also give insights into positively influencing the productivity of others.

Like it or not, our emotions affect all areas of our lives, including the workplace. The more a leader can grasp the influential role of emotions in the organization, the greater effectiveness and production will be realized.

Understanding and developing a high EIQ separates the few great leaders from all the others. These leaders see not only improved production and effectiveness of staff, his organization also realizes less turnover, greater compatibility through team work, as well as commitment and retention of talented employees/volunteers. Are you ready to develop your EIQ?

To learn more about EIQ contact George Yates.

George Yates is a coach and organizational health strategist, assisting individuals and organizations in fulfilling their God-given purpose.

Great Leaders Develop their EIQ

Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Jack Welch, Great leaders motivate us. They inspire us and ignite our passion. Have you ever wondered how? How do great leaders always get the job done and their employees/volunteers love or respect the leader for getting them to accomplish the work? Not only their employees, others aspire to know them and even to meet them personally. Perhaps thinking some of the leader’s charisma and wisdom will rub off. I am a strategic planner, and help leaders and organizations plan strategically. Yet, I know there is much more involved here than strategy. There is an element residing within all great leaders that is often overlooked by the majority.

This element involves passion. But it is not passion alone. I can be passionate about getting the job done. I can be passionate about making the organization money, or climbing the corporate ladder. I can be passionate about a lot of things, but this will not make me a great leader. In order to be a truly great leader I must possess what Daniel Goleman contends is, Emotional Intelligence (Primal Leadership, Harvard business School Press, © 2002).

We all know of I.Q., Intelligence Quotient. I want to introduce you to what I consider Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EIQ). The higher the level EIQ, the greater success a leader will experience. EIQ is not only about the level of your emotions. more importantly, it is the level at which you understand and can motivate the emotions of others. It is not manipulation. People resent manipulation and will not work for you as you desire when you try to manipulate them.

EIQ is understanding that every person is different and must be approached, managed, and led differently. To be productive each one of us must have our correct emotions engaged and caressed. Now, this does not mean you are to coddle and coo over employees or volunteers. It does involve getting to know your employees and learning about them, what brings them satisfaction; what motivates him to action? What causes her to strive for her best?

Everyone will serve out of his/her passion. We enjoy doing what we are passionate about. Leaders with high EIQ use observation and casual conversation to learn the passion and the emotional base driving the passion of each employee or volunteer. Yes, this requires spending time with people, which is level two leadership. Spending time with people, getting to know their passions and the emotions that drives their passion, will help move you to higher level leadership with your charges.

Many leaders are ignorant of or refuse to acknowledge the importance of practicing a high EIQ. Yet, for successful leaders it is a practice that becomes second nature. People serving high EIQ leaders will out-perform others three to one, every day of the week. Why would any leader ignore learning about and developing their own EIQ? Why have you?

To learn more about EIQ and how to develop yours, contact George Yates.

George Yates is a coach and church Health Strategist, assisting individuals and organizations in fulfilling their God-given purpose.

 

What’s Most Important in Life

It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.

Over the phone, his mother told him, “Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday.” Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. “Jack, did you hear me?”

“Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,” Jack said.

“Well, he didn’t forget you. Every time I saw him he’d ask how you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it,” Mom told him.

“I loved that old house he lived in,” Jack said.

“You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man’s influence in your life,” she said.

“He’s the one who taught me carpentry,” he said. “I wouldn’t be in this business if it weren’t for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important…Mom, I’ll be there for the funeral,” Jack said. Busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown.

Mr. Belser’s funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away. The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time. Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time.

The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture…Jack stopped suddenly. “What’s wrong, Jack?” his Mom asked.

“The box is gone,” he said.

“What box?” Mom asked.

“There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he’d ever tell me was ‘the thing I value most,'” Jack said. It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it. “Now I’ll never know what was so valuable to him,” Jack said. “I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom.”

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day, Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. “Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days,” the note read. Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. “Mr. Harold Belser” it read.

Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack’s hands shook as he read the note inside. “Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It’s the thing I valued most in my life.”

A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch. Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved: “Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser.”

“The thing he valued most was…my time.” Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. “Why?” Janet, his assistant asked. “I need some time to spend with my son,” he said. “Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!”

Do not take for granted the time you have here on earth.

To all my family & friends I want to THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

 The story in this post is from an unknown source.

George Yates is a Life Purpose Coach and Church Health Strategist assisting individuals, churches, and organizations in fulfilling their God-given purpose in life.

Comfort in Affliction

It is easy to say to someone that God will comfort you in your sorrow or in your affliction. But sometimes those words do not bring the “comfort” intended. The Apostle Paul writes in this passage (below) as a man who knows trouble. He is writing as a man who knows trouble to a people who are facing trouble.

He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:4

While we do not face the same persecution and pressures the earliest Christians faced, it is always a costly thing to be a “real’ Christian. Christianity does not exist without the cross. As believers in Christ we have hope – a promise for the future. Anytime you see the word “comfort” in the New Testament it means much more than soothing sympathy. Comfort comes from the Latin word fortis. And fortis means brave.

As I write this, many in the southeastern part of our nation are bracing for possibly the worst hurricane to ever come out of the Atlantic Ocean, Irma. This will certainly bring hardship and affliction to many. And it comes just two weeks after one of the worst storms (hurricanes) ever to hit south east Texas, not to mention a deadly earthquake in Mexico, wildfires in California and other natural disasters around the world.

Affliction is part of this world we live in. In the scripture passage above, the Apostle Paul writes that God comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort others facing affliction. As believers in god we know to pray for those in affliction. We also should be ready to comfort them in and through their affliction.

Later in the same passage from 2nd Corinthians Paul writes, “And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, so you will share in the comfort.” Let us not grow weary in well doing. Let us not neglect the opportunity to comfort (fortis) others in their time of affliction.

George Yates is a Life Purpose Coach and Church Health Strategist assisting individuals, churches, and organizations in fulfilling their God-given purpose in life. Visit SonC.A.R.E. Ministries online and see the leadership resources available

 

 

What’s in a Value Statement?

Understanding our core values can be beneficial in our personal lives. In our last post, we discussed the importance and definition of core values. In this article, I will describe a process I use to assist individuals and churches in discovering their core values and writing value statements. (Individuals wanting to unearth their core values will be able to eliminate the middle steps and move to writing value statements.)

First, I open with some discussion about core values, what they are and how we operate out of our values. (see previous post)

After describing core values and how they are manifested through our actions and speech, each person is given 3 blank post-it notes and an ink pen. I then ask each person in the room to list three of his/her individual core values on the post-it notes (one core value on each post-it).

Each person is instructed to bring his/her post-it notes to a focal wall at or near the front of the room. At this point we can see what drives the people in our church to act and speak as he/she does.

So far it is all about the individual and each person’s core values. This is the pool of core values from which our church core values will come. Since core values are manifested through our words and actions, we cannot write a separate set of values for the church. They must come from the pool of core values of our members.

At this point in my meeting with the church, I have 3-4 church leaders group the post it notes by value listed. All the post its with integrity is placed in a vertical line together. Each one with love or compassion is lined together, and so on with all values listed on the post-its.

Each person is then given 3 dot stickers (small dots from any office supply store). The instructions are to come forward to the wall of values and place the three stickers on three different values (using only the 5-7 most frequently listed values). This time instead of individual values, each person will place the stickers on what he/she perceives to be a value of the church as a whole – why the church acts as it does.

Following this meeting a pre-determined group will take the post-its with dots in place, and other information gathered at the meeting. This group is tasked with prayerfully considering these values and writing value statements for the core values of the church. My instructions to this team is each value statement must have a value word, an action word or phrase, and must be directly related to scripture.

The value word tells what the church values so deeply. The action word describes how we as a church act and speak. Finally, they must reference at least one scripture verse/passage relating to this value.

For more information on discovering core values or having George lead your church through this process, contact George Yates.

George Yates is a Life Purpose Coach and Church Health Strategist assisting individuals, churches, and organizations in fulfilling their God-given purpose in life. Visit SonC.A.R.E. Ministries online and see the leadership resources available.

Core Values; What Are They?

In recent weeks, I’ve been working with several churches on identifying their true core values. Some of these churches are going through the Reaching the Summit process, others have not, but wanted to know their true core values. Many churches who go to the extent of writing core values never realize some of the true core values of the church.

The common way these churches come to identifying their church values is to go on the internet and find other churches who have core values listed. Then they pick and choose the ones “they like” as core values for their church. My question is, “Whose core values are these?” these are not necessarily the core values of this church, but borrowed values from another church.

So how do we identify the True core values of a church? First, let’s identify what a core value is.

  • Core values are those inner beliefs that drive you to think, respond, act & do the things the way you do.
  • Values communicate what is important to me
  • Values influence overall behavior
  • In the church, core values are the constant, passionate, principle biblical beliefs that drive the ministry.

Before we can set the vision, before we can accomplish our mission, we must first understand what drives us – our core values.

Every person has their individual set of core values. This is what drives each person to respond, act and say the things we say and do. I also believe each church has a set of core values; those deepest inner beliefs that drive a church to act and do what it does.

Sitting amongst several seminary leaders a couple of years ago I stated, “Evangelism is no longer a core value in our churches.” Stunned looks of shock overcame their faces. I continued, “If it were, we would not have the majority of our churches in decline, would we?” Of course, they all had to agree, every one of these seminary presidents and vice presidents. Evangelism is not a core value because it is not manifested in the lives of church members.

Before we can write a set of church core values, does it not seem appropriate that we should identify the values of the individuals who make up the church? A business organization can write a set of core values for the business and recruit people who will follow those core values. Personally, I do not believe the church can operate in the same manner.

It is my belief that to understand the true core values of the church we must first have an understanding of the member’s individual core values. After all, core values are manifested through our actions. We can write the most eloquent, biblical values possible. But if our church is not manifesting them through actions and words, these are not the true core values of the church.

Next week I will write of one way to help identify true core values for yourself and your church.

George Yates is a Life Purpose Coach and Church Health Strategist assisting individuals, churches, and organizations in fulfilling their God-given purpose in life. Visit SonC.A.R.E. Ministries online and see the leadership resources available.

The Best Life Compass on the Market

A settler in the early days of north Michigan tells this story: ‘One day I had been walking in the woods, when though I could not see the sun or sky, I knew by the settling darkness that night was coming on, and started, as I thought, for home. I was so certain of my direction that for some time I did not look at my compass. On doing so, however, I was greatly surprised to find that, whereas I thought I was going east, in reality I was bound due west.

Not only was I surprised, but I was so sure of my own judgment and so disgusted with my compass that I raised my arm to throw it away. – Then pausing, I thought, “You have never lied to me yet, and I’ll trust you once more.” I followed it and came out all right.’

The Bible is a compass that has guided millions to heaven. Some would throw it away, but those who follow it always come out safely.

The Holy Bible is God’s compass to us. It is a love story, a guide to great leadership, a life coach, a treasure chest full of accurate pin-pointing direction for life – everyone’s life.

Like the Michigan settler, the further in our journey we wait to use our compass, the farther off course we will be, perhaps walking in the completely opposite direction. Start your day reading a portion of God’s compass to you. It will point you in the right direction for the day.

George Yates is a Life Purpose Coach and Church Health Strategist assisting individuals, churches, and organizations in fulfilling their God-given purpose in life. Visit SonC.A.R.E. Ministries online and see the leadership resources available.

Be a Leader of Grace

“A person of integrity only goes “against” someone who is destroying something good, and then is only against the destruction, not the person himself.”  Dr. Henry Cloud, in his book “Integrity”, speaks of a person of grace.

Grace is the extending of favor to others even when they have done nothing to deserve such favor. A leader with grace understands for others to reach the level of standards set, will at times require grace in the form of training, coaching, encouragement, and empowerment, as well as other resources to assist them in reaching standards and higher levels. “Leaders without grace set the standard and do nothing to help people meet it. Then when they don’t meet it the leader turns on them as adversaries.” Dr. Henry Cloud (Integrity pg 85)

As a parent of grace empowers a child toward achievement, so a leader of grace will empower his/her charges. Not to do so will stifle effective production, and personal growth. People being held down, back, or at bay will eventually rebel. In most cases, they will leave. Many leaders have “run away” some of their best employees and workers because they use demand instead of grace.

Grace is not removing the standard. Grace is allowing more time and resources to assist the individual in reaching the standard. It is understood that grace can only carry so far. There are times and situations that require assisting an individual to move on. However, this should also be done with grace.

Cloud relates this story of a man about a former boss. “She was a tough one, but I always felt she wanted me to do well. She wanted me to win, even when she was hard on me.” The goal of every leader should be to leave behind a trail of people who have experienced grace and are stronger, better, more efficient for knowing the leader. People of grace always leave people better off than before knowing them – even when they’re getting nothing in return.

A leader of grace is one who not only holds to the standard, but helps others rise to and above the standard for the individual and the team through positive resourcing.

Are you a leader of grace or demand? Grace will always get you farther and lead to the more efficient and productive organization. Being a leader of grace is being a person of integrity. Be a leader of grace in every area of your life. I’m striving to. Will you?

George Yates is a Life Purpose Coach and Church Health Strategist assisting individuals, churches, and organizations in fulfilling their God-given purpose in life. Visit SonC.A.R.E. Ministries online and see the leadership resources available.