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We are always waiting for the perfect opportunity.
It almost never happens. 
You’re probably working on a job or project right now and saying,
‘This is boring, let’s just deal with it and get it over with.
We’ll make the next one good.’
Whatever is on your desk right now, that’s the one.
Make THIS the best you possibly can. 
It may not be great, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you did the best you possibly could, and you may learn something from it.
And you’re always free to do an alternative that does satisfy your creative standards.
Great opportunities don’t just come along.
That’s true, even if you’ve earned a reputation for doing good work (although that helps).
Give your very best – all the time!
If you want to do something great? Here is the key.
 
Whoever can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot, and whoever is dishonest with a little is dishonest with a lot. Luke 16:10
Be faithful in the little things!
Make this year a year of being faithful in the small things.
The things that are not seen by others.
The hard work no one will ever thank you.
 
Successful solutions are often made by people
rebelling against bad opportunities.

Integrity Goes Beyond Honesty

Honesty is telling the truth — in other words, conforming our words to reality.

Integrity is conforming reality to our words — in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.

This requires an integrated character, a oneness, primarily with self but also with life.

Let’s get practical

One of the most important ways to manifest inregrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present. When you defend those who are absent, you retain the trust of those present.

Outtakes from Stephen Covey’s book – The 7 habits of highly effective people

You Got The Best Opportunity

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DON’T LOOK FOR THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY. 

Life Is Art

THE ONE YOU HAVE IN HAND IS THE OPPORTUNITY. 
We are always waiting for the perfect opportunity.
It almost never happens. 
You’re probably working on a job or project right now and saying, ‘This is boring, let’s just deal with it and get it over with. We’ll make the next one good.’
Whatever is on your desk right now, that’s the one.
Make it the best you possibly can. 
It may not be great, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you did the best you possibly could, and you may learn something from it.
And you’re always free to do an alternative that does satisfy your creative standards.
Good opportunities don’t just come along.
That’s true, even if you’ve earned a reputation for doing good work (although that helps).
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Successful solutions are often made by people rebelling against bad opportunities.

How To Build Enduring Relationships

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Some people say that you have to like yourself before you can like others. I think that idea is good, but if you don’t know yourself, if you can’t control yourself, iťs very hard to like yourself, except in some short-term, psych-up, superficial way.

Real self-respect comes from dominion over self. Self control is a choice people can make. Unless we are willing to work on self control, iťs foolish to try to develop human relations skills.

We might try

We might even have some degree of success when the sun is shining. But when the difficult times come—and they will—we won’t have the foundation to keep things together. Continue reading How To Build Enduring Relationships

Trust Is Motivation

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Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the best in people. But it takes time and patience, and the necessity to train and develop people so that their competency can rise to the level of that trust.

I am convinced that if delegation is done correctly, both parties will benefit and ultimately much more work will get done in much less time.

I believe that a family that is well organized, whose time has been spent effectively delegating on a one-on-one basis, can organize the work so that everyone can do everything in about an hour a day. But that takes the internal capacity to want to do it.

The focus is on effectiveness, not efficiency
Certainly you can pick up that room better than a child, but the key is that you want to empower the child to do it.

It takes time
You have to get involved in the training and development. It takes
time, but how valuable that time is downstream! It saves you so much in the long run.
This approach involves an entirely new paradigm of delegation.
In effect, it changes the nature of the relationship: The steward becomes his own boss. But it also releases his creative energies to achieve the desired results.

Notice
With immature people, you specify fewer desired results and more guidelines, identify more resources, conduct more frequent accountability interviews, and apply more immediate consequences. With more mature people, you have more challenging desired results, fewer guidelines, less frequent accountability, and less measurable but more discernible criteria.

End result
Effective delegation is perhaps the best indicator of effectiw management simply because it’is so basic to both personal and organizational growth.

Question
Are you still believing in the slogan “trust is good, control is better?”

Starting Into A New World

ND Strupler at Ankor Thom

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Two of our most proven people will leave ICF Zurich this summer 2013 with their whole family. ND & Sophal Strupler will plant a new ICF church in Cambodia. They are ready for a really big adventure.
We (ICF Zurich) asked how all this happened and what they feel personally.

Interview with ND Strupler

 How on earth did it come about that you decided to move to Cambodia with your family? Your wife Sophal is an adoptive child from Cambodia…

This has to do with our first decision we took over 20 years ago: We where part in the ICF project and are prepared to go “all in”. Now it’s the same just with another challenge. It is a consequence of our first decision wanting to have an excited life in the kingdom of God. Sophal was the one who took the initiative to plant an ICF in Cambodia. It wouldn’t have been my choice, I would have picked California (another place with “C”…). But when she vocalized this, I also realized that like a puzzle many pieces fit together and it really made sense.

Where in Cambodia will you start and why?

After a time of research we chose the city of Siem Reap. At the moment, this is the fastest growing city in Cambodia because it is a tourist spot which attracts many Cambodians from the surrounding provinces. Unfortunately, it’s not near to the sea but one flying hour from Siem Reap.

What is your and your family’s motivation to take such a step after such a long time of active church work in ICF Zurich? You are not 20 any more…

Exactly this motivates us! Continue reading Starting Into A New World

Ray Lewis

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I’ve been following the NFL for many years. There are some people that stand out. One of them is RAY LEWIS These things inspired me over the last years

  • character
  • Talent
  • Leadership
  • Passion
  • Commitment
  • Loyalty

A man that grew up without his real father has become a father figure to many. Thank you, Ray.

You inspired me to do all I can to leave my legacy.

Making Vision Stick

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Andy Stanley, founding and lead pastor of North Point Community Church. He has written a must-read book – Making Vision Stick- for leader/communicators. The first thing I love about the book is that it’s only 74 pages long. If all books were as short, I’d be able to read a lot more books! Here are some of my favorite quotes:

One of the greatest challenges is making vision stick. Vision doesn’t have much adhesive. To get people to sit still long enough to understand your vision is hard enough. But to get them to actually organize their lives around it is supremely difficult. The urgent and legitimate needs of today quickly erase our commitment to the what could be of tomorrow. It’s the leader’s responsibility to ensure that people understand and embrace the vision of the organization.

5 things you can do to increase the adhesiveness of your vision

1. State the vision simply. if your vision is going to stick in people’s minds, it must be memorable. People don’t remember or embrace paragraphs. They remember and embrace sentences. And, If the vision is too complicated, nothing changes.

2. Cast the vision convincingly. In this section, Andy says leaders must define the problem, offer a solution, and present a reason for the solution. He writes …

Every vision is a solution to a problem. Buy-in by others hinges on your ability to convince them you are offering a solution to a problem they are convinced needs to be solved.

A leader points the way to a solution and gives a compelling reason why something must be done now.

3. Repeat the vision regularly. Continue reading Making Vision Stick

The Art Of Vision

Maloja Engadin Switzerland

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VISION = a preferred future – everybody has vision = HOPE

What vision can do for you

  • it gives you a clear picture of what you want and what not.
  • the clearer the vision, the easier to say yes or no.

What vision can do for people around you

  • it gives purpose
  • it gives belonging
  • it gives meaning
  • it gives direction

Creating a vision