In a recent blog, I wrote about Table 71. Today I want to tell you the beginning of the story of Table 3. In that earlier blog about Table 71, I shared that “in the course of their conversations, they realized that they could achieve some goals more effectively by working together more closely. They agreed to begin working to that end immediately.” At the heart of what I’m calling Table 3 is some of that same understanding — that there are things that we can only achieve when we face them together.
The following text is based on an email that I’ve written which serves as an invitation to Wycliffe staff to join me around Table 3. It will help you get a sense of what I’m hoping. Every few weeks an invitation will be sent two three individuals inviting them to join me for lunch in our Cafe for a conversation. I have left out the logistics and some of the detail, but the basic idea is here.
“Somewhere between reading a book and listening to a speaker at a conference, I had an idea.
“I work inside one of those glass bubbles of leadership. I didn’t set out to insulate myself from people, but the reality of my responsibilities (which include long meetings and travel) sometimes creates barriers that are more accidental than intentional. And, well, I’m introverted (I can show you the test scores), which means I have to BE INTENTIONAL about making connections. This idea is me being intentional.
“I need you to help me get out of my bubble. In addition, I am convinced that you have insights and ideas that Wycliffe might miss out on unless there is an opportunity. I want to create an opportunity.
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“The areas I’m exploring include vision, motivation, inclusion and innovation.
“I’m curious to hear how you have been motivated, encourage, or challenged to greater things in your working. And how are you doing this for others?
“I’m also interested in hearing about the ways that you’ve been building relational bridges in your sphere of influence here at Wycliffe. How do you ensure that others are included? What risks have you taken that are paying off in greater community? What have you seen others do in building relationships that works? They may or may not know that what they are doing is impacting people in this way. Identifying what is working already can be extremely helpful.
“Additionally, I am expecting that there are solutions to some of our organizational challenges that are not being tapped because we sometimes forget to ask – so I’ll be asking you what you’d do if you were king of the universe (or at least if you had the power & authority to fix something, what you’d fix and, if you’d like to share, how).”
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For those readers of this blog who pray for me, please join me in asking our Father to use these conversaitons for His glory. I’m expectant that He will surprise and delight us as we come together. Pray that I will listen well and respond appropriately to ideas, concerns, recommendations and insights that various staff members share.
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[When I’m listening/thinking I often doodle. I used to doodle mostly with pen/pencil and paper. Now I often doodle using PhotoShop LE 2.0 on my laptop. The images above are examples of that kind of doodling. I used colors and shapes and fonts and then added graphics that I’ve found and collected. For instance, the fantastic scrollish design in the background of a few of those is adapted from doodle drawings by a friend of mine, Lauren Kussro. I’d love to find a way to use her work “for real” sometime.
The circular mosaic pattern is adapted from a design that is being used by CrossGlobal Link for their North American Missions Leaders Conference scheduled for September. In both cases, I if I were planning on actually using these images — even though modified — I would seek permission and not move forward until I had it. Like I said…doodling. Somehow, though, when I put them out here on my blog, it was more public and I wanted to give credit where it is due.]