In an effort to teach my teenage son responsibility, and a handy skill for adult life, he’s taken over our kitchen… and thus our lives. Don’t get me wrong, as a working mom who is often on the road, his service has been invaluable.
This past week, on a whim, I invited two brand new co-workers to our home for dinner after a long day of back-to-back meetings. The house smelled amazing, as the promised “first-ever” meatloaf baked to perfection. When the timer buzzed just a few minutes later, I opened the oven to find something I’d never, ever, seen before: Meatloaf in a 13×9 glass baking dish (imagine brownies, but with catsup on top).
Like everything else he does, my creative son had unknowingly managed to push the frontiers of innovation once again… even with meatloaf! (tasted great, by the way).
As a leader, sometimes you just have to re-think everything. My team and I have been in just such a season of innovation since the beginning of 2013. Placing age-old spiritual nourishment into innovative containers; finding ways to help leaders “see” their work with a new lens, and bringing world-class leadership development right to leader’s desktops.
I’m reminding myself frequently to ask the following questions, in order to uncover what might hinder or help me during a time of innovation. Isaiah 43:18 – 19 reminds me… God is often doing a new thing. Take a minute now to read it, and consider a few reflection questions.
· In what ways am I forcing new ideas into old paradigms?
· What new things are requiring me to think differently in my role?
· In what ways do I sense God’s guidance as we dream new dreams?
· What makes my soul feel tired, ready for God to do a new thing in me?
· What helps me notice what God is doing around me?
When our work involves innovation in spiritual life, technology, and leadership…there’s never a lack of need for new ideas. I want to be as open to them, and leading others towards them, as much as possible.
In April, we’ll begin our next session of LIFT Online Courses. I hope you’ll join us, and begin re-thinking areas of your leadership that could use some fresh ideas.