August 22, 2014
by Floyd
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Speak and Lead from the Heart

Recently I listened to a well-known leader speaking on leadership.  It was passionless.  Flat.  Carrying no emotion.  Just information.  It made minimal impact on the audience.  Great content, but it left me wondering what he really believed.

Skepticism will be transformed to belief when your listeners believe that YOU believe in what you are saying.  Delivering a deeply emotional talk will be powerful if the problem is clearly described and the solution you speak about is compelling.  Don’t hold back from imploring people to respond to a cause you are passionate about.

People will be willing to make difficult changes in their lives if you speak from your heart.

People follow passionate leaders, not positions of leadership.

Speaking from the heart allows you to lead from the heart and will inspire people to follow you.

“Your job as a leader is to tap into the power of higher purpose – and you can’t do that by retreating to the analytical.  If you want to lead, have the courage to do it from the heart.”   Gail McGovern, President and CEO, American Red Cross.

August 21, 2014
by Floyd
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Sally’s Update

Dear Praying Friends,

You’ve been praying…….there have been answers!!  My white blood cells went from dangerously low to almost normal in 2 weeks.  That was pretty amazing, and a wonderful answer to prayer!  I couldn’t have continued my treatment without that.

With my 2nd chemo treatment, I’m now a third of the way through.  That seems much less daunting than thinking of how much is left. :)  The side effects from the 2nd round seemed easier……definitely an answer to prayer.  I can imagine the “shock” of all that chemo going in the first time must have been a jolt to the body.  They adjusted my anti-nausea and sleeping meds., which has been a big help.  I’ve had more pain this time, but less of other symptoms.

My lovely photo quilt that I mentioned in the last update (from our daughter, son-in-law and grandkids) was oohed and aahed over in the chemo room!  It was so special.  I felt surrounded by love. Lots of the patients and nurses were so touched by the thoughtfulness of it from family so far away.  I’ve attached a photo below of being “hugged” by family during my chemo treatment.

I also have a new look……the bald look.  It’s been an adjustment.  I was prepared mentally, but the emotions really hit me when I kept looking in the mirror.  You can see my new look below too.  I waited a few days to share the look because I didn’t want to get my computer wet while I was typing about it. :(  I’m not quite sure why some people choose this look – it feels so much more vulnerable!  But I have been told I have a nice shaped head!  :) I’d have never known!!

We’ve been having a mild winter with lots of sunny days.  I know it’s not just for me, but it feels like a “gift.”  I just seem to feel better when the sun shines!  A number of people have told me they’ve prayed for that.

Some new prayer points:

-  We’re working with the airlines canceling all our tickets for our planned travel of the next few months. Please pray with us for favor for that.  Some are easier to work with than others!  Please pray that we won’t lose too much on all the cancellation fees.

-  Please pray for the evenings for me.  They seem to be the hardest.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m tired and my energy is low, but that seems to be when some of the worst side effects hit.  I also feel vulnerable emotionally at night.

While I’m going through this personal story, the ministry side continues on.  We send a new team to Jordan this week to work with the refugees. We have an important leadership meeting coming up there in Sept. too. I’d love for Floyd to still go.  Please pray for wisdom in deciding about that.

Many of you write to ask how I’m doing.  I’m so touched by that.  But please know, too, that I’m trying to not bombard you with too many emails. I know this is a long season!  I have months to go in treatment.  If you’d prefer not to receive emails, please let me know.  I understand!!!  I’m trying to send “breaking” news, but not over do it.

I have come to a new appreciation of the fellowship and prayers of the saints in these days.  Family, friends, prayer partners – more precious than gold!  Thank you for loving us and standing with us in this season.
With love and gratitude,
Sally & Floyd
Ps. 18:18  “They confronted me in the day of my calamity; but the Lord was my support.  He brought me out into a broad place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.”

I’m looking forward to that “broad place” He has for us in the future.  He’s so faithful to bring good from hard times!

 

August 20, 2014
by Floyd
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First Impressions

Biased first impressions create hierarchy in groups.  They are driven by perceptions about age, race, gender and education.  True leaders counter biases and influence the group to see differently.

How do we re-set our first impressions?

  • Rethink generalization of people
  • Repent of negative first impressions of people
  • Pray a simple prayer about your reactions to people:  “Father, let me see what you see about this person, and allow me to feel what you feel about them.”
  • Rephrase negative or thoughtless statements about people

Words have power.

Rethink,   repent,   rephrase…  choose a more generous attitude toward others.

August 18, 2014
by Floyd
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Urban Culture Transcends Borders

My urban journey has gone from Kabul to Amsterdam to Cape Town and as I lived in these very different places, I became fascinated with the rise of cities.  I was provoked to develop a theology of the city, which I have reflected in my book, ‘Seeing the City With the Eyes of God’.
Here is what I learned about urban culture:
  • Urban cultures are like mountain tops… everything flows down from there to smaller towns and rural areas regardless of national borders and language differences.
  • Urban cultures are trend setters.   What happens in cities today happens in the rest of the world 5 and 10 years from now.
  • Urban cultures are multi-ethnic.  When I moved to Amsterdam there were 114 languages spoken in the city.  Today, there are more than 180 languages spoken there.
  • Vast segments of worldwide urban culture identify with American youth culture via TV, music and movies.
  • This identification is producing a hostility and backlash in certain parts of the world, namely the Middle East and the Muslim world.
  • Urban young adults are vastly different from their rural counterparts.
  • Urban sub-cultures are like villages stacked on top of each other, connecting via ethnic similarity and language, not urban geography.
  • Cities have personalities… some are financial centers, some are fashion and cultural trend setters, and still others are the center of gravity for spiritual appetite and curiosity.

August 15, 2014
by Floyd
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The Focused Leader

I learned an essential leadership skill from a mentor.  The skill of giving undivided attention.
This man always looked people in the eye, smiled and listened attentively.  He did not allow others to interrupt.  He worked at remembering peoples names.
People were important to him –  and it showed.
Great leaders focus… inwardly… on others… on the world around them.
Leadership is not just a set of skills.  It starts with an attitude that says “you are important”.
Most leadership programs focus on what a leader should know and do, but the true starting point is focusing on people.
Turn off your smart phone, blank out the activity around you and make the person in front of you feel important by giving them what is most valuable to you…  your time and your undivided attention.

August 14, 2014
by floyd
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AFRICA’S TIME IS NOW

African nations are beginning to take responsibility for Africa – instead of looking for handouts from the West. Africa’s economy is growing faster than that of any other continent.

However, there are 50-plus countries in Africa, so the growth needs to be looked at country by country to get an accurate understanding of what is happening in Africa.

African economies are synergistic. To look at Africa in a fractured light is to miss the dynamism of the whole. China certainly has not made that mistake. Presently, China has trade agreements with every country in Africa.

One example of the growth of the African economy is the explosion of mobile telephone usage across Africa. The Praekelt Foundation has focused on this phenomenon (www.praekeltfoundation.org ) and thus has become an incubator on mobile technology which improves the health and well-being of millions of African people living in poverty. There are now more than 450 million hand phones in use in Africa, almost one for every two people in Africa.

August 13, 2014
by Floyd
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How to Prompt Trustworthiness in Others

When we feel and express gratitude towards others it fosters a sense of trustworthiness in them, which in turn, leads to trustworthy behaviour.  Even the most broken person has potential for greatness.  When we see that potential, we convey it in our attitude.
Be intentional about expressing belief and gratitude in people and you will inspire them to hope in themselves…even when hope has been destroyed in their past

August 11, 2014
by Floyd
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Who Can You Trust?

God’s trust in us is a gift based on His grace.  We should trust people for the same reason… His grace.  After all, everything outside of hell is grace.
Most people don’t rise above the expectations of others unless there is someone who believes in them, who really thinks they are worth believing in.
Be a leader who believes in people and you will attract them to your cause and inspire them to grow.   Be a leader who sees the potential in others and draws them into their own personal greatness…

August 8, 2014
by floyd
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HOW SHOULD WE PORTRAY FEMALE LEADERS?

The questions we ask and the words we use to frame the conversation about women in leadership can be biased and offensive if we are not careful. Our choice of language can reinforce negative stereotypes of female leaders. Women should not be portrayed as “bossy, emotional or too nice” just as men are not to be described as “chauvinistic, insensitive and domineering.”

There are biases that hold female leaders back. We need to identify them, examine them, and get rid of them. Generalizations are not helpful in dealing with this topic. Certain leaders who write on this topic would not use generalizations about minority groups as “lazy, uneducated and aggressive.” They should no less use negative generalizations about women.

Maleness and femaleness are both reflections of God’s nature and character. We need both men and women in roles of leadership to give a fully rounded reflection of God’s perspective on things.

August 8, 2014
by Floyd
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Temptation After Victory

Most leaders make their greatest mistakes after their greatest successes.  Beware the temptations that come after a great victory.  When things go well, don’t let it go to your head.  Everything good in your life is a result of the blessing of God.
When God uses you, get on your knees and thank him.  He is the source and the goal of all that we do that has lasting value in people’s lives.
When people honor you, simply say, “Thank you” and in the same breath say from the heart, “I’m glad God used me.”
And mean it.