Vision Casting, Part IV

Nehemiah’s vision for rebuilding Jerusalem is only two verses long, but it identifies four elements helpful in casting vision to others. The fourth and final element is “sharing your reason for hope.” Nehemiah was a newcomer to Jerusalem tackling a project that had been tried multiple times over a period of 93 years unsuccessfully. Nehemiah, however, had great hope because [...]

2019-07-02T12:38:04-05:00 July 18th, 2019|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Vision Casting, Part IV

Casting Vision, Part III

Nehemiah’s vision for rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem is only two verses long, but it identifies four elements helpful to us in our own vision casting opportunities. The third element is to “make an emotional appeal.” People typically get behind a project based on their emotional connection to the project.  In Nehemiah 2:17, Nehemiah said, “You see the bad situation [...]

2019-07-02T12:37:02-05:00 July 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Casting Vision, Part III

Casting Vision, Part II

Nehemiah successfully rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem partly because of his effectiveness in casting vision. Nehemiah’s vision casting is only two verses long, but it identifies four elements helpful to us in our own vision casting opportunities.  The second element is to “propose the solution.” People don’t want to work on a futile project. Your solution doesn’t have to be [...]

2019-07-02T12:36:00-05:00 July 16th, 2019|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Casting Vision, Part II

Casting Vision, Part I

Nehemiah needed to convince the Jews to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem. A poor job of casting vision could have stopped or hindered his project. Nehemiah’s vision casting is only two verses long, but it identifies four elements that may be helpful to us in our own vision casting opportunities. The first element is to “clearly state the problem.” Nehemiah [...]

2019-07-02T12:34:24-05:00 July 15th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Casting Vision, Part I

Listen First, Then Speak

Psychology Today published an article titled, “Are you really listening, or just waiting to talk?” In this article the researcher states, “Only about 10 percent of us listen effectively.” The researcher also notes that there is a difference between hearing and listening. “Hearing is a physiological act; listening involves our ability to unpack the meaning of words, and the silences in [...]

2019-07-02T12:30:56-05:00 July 12th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Listen First, Then Speak

Career Transitions, Part IV

The book of Nehemiah has some great insights about Nehemiah’s career transition that may be helpful to us today. The fourth and final phase of Nehemiah’s career transition was pursuit. Nehemiah had prayed and prepared for God’s favor, yet when the king asked Nehemiah why he looked sad, Nehemiah needed to decide between being courageous and pursuing his dream or [...]

2019-07-02T12:30:02-05:00 July 11th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Career Transitions, Part IV

Career Transitions, Part III

The book of Nehemiah has some great insights about Nehemiah’s career transition that may be helpful to us today. The third phase of Nehemiah’s transition was preparation and planning. When God provided the opportunity for Nehemiah to speak to the king about his passion for Jerusalem, Nehemiah was prepared. In Nehemiah 2:7 we read, “If it please the king, let [...]

2019-07-09T14:54:04-05:00 July 10th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Career Transitions, Part III

Career Transitions, Part II

The book of Nehemiah has some great insights about Nehemiah’s career transition that may be helpful to us today. The second phase of Nehemiah’s journey was prayer. After Nehemiah’s heart was broken for the city of Jerusalem, Nehemiah began praying. Although Nehemiah is very driven throughout the complete story, he prayed for four months.  In Nehemiah 1:11 we read, “O [...]

2019-07-09T14:51:10-05:00 July 9th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Career Transitions, Part II

Career Transitions, Part I

As I studied Nehemiah recently, I recognized some great lessons about career transitions from Nehemiah. The first phase Nehemiah experienced was passion. To our knowledge, Nehemiah had never been to Jerusalem. But, when Nehemiah’s brother told him that the people of Jerusalem were in disgrace and their city was still in rubble with no walls or gates for security, their [...]

2019-07-09T15:03:20-05:00 July 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Career Transitions, Part I

Know It All

Most organizations have a resident know-it-all. This person believes he has an expertise in just about everything. Managing this personality type can be tricky to navigate. Yet, the pressure to climb the ladder can impose a skewed belief system that in order to make it to the next rung, one must appear to know-it-all. Being a know-it-all comes with a [...]

2019-07-09T15:03:56-05:00 July 5th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Know It All