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Using God’s Gift of Time

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

Time is a most precious resource. Each one of us have been given the same amount of time and you have chosen to use much of your time in serving as a leader in the LWML. We thank God for you! Time cannot be managed, but you can manage yourself!

Using God’s Gift of Time

Here are some tips to help you manage the time God has given you.

  • Be realistic with what you can accomplish in the time allotted. This will help you feel positive about your accomplishments.

  • Prioritize your day. Make a list of activities in order of most important to least important.

  • Focus first on the #1 task on your priority list as you begin your day. Life sometimes doesn’t go as planned and even if you don’t get everything on your list done, you will have accomplished all or part of an important task.

  • Include things you enjoy as well as tasks that must be dealt with.

  • Examine your daily routine to discover if you’re wasting time with a particular activity. For instance, are you checking social media more often than you feel you should?

  • Wise leaders know when to say no.

  • Wise leaders know when to set their tasks aside to listen or help someone in need.

More tips to help you manage God’s gift of time can be found in the LWML resource Time Management, Manage Yourself, not Your Time.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Making Small Changes

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. 

Most people struggle with making big changes in their lives but change is inevitable and small adjustments in our habits and actions can give us a much welcome boost.

Making Small Changes

Making small changes is beneficial as we strive to follow our Leader, Jesus.

  • Set goals that will help you be a better leader, then choose objectives (steps to reach your goal). Write them down and include these in your daily prayers.

  • Think outside the box. Small changes in the way you normally approach a task or challenge can build excitement and provide a sense of accomplishment.

  • Build a relationship with someone you’ve wanted to get to know better. One person, one conversation, and one more blessing from God!

  • Begin journaling. Write something each day. It may be a prayer, challenge, blessing, or frustration. In the future, when you look back on these, you will see how God is working in your life.

Small changes with big benefits, all gifts from our Father in heaven.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Tips for the Nomination Process

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

Joy Anderson, LWML Nominating Committee Chairman suggests these tips to keep your nomination process moving along smoothly.

Tips for the Nomination Process

  • Pray for God’s guidance before each nominating committee meeting, phone call or mailing.

  • Set candidates up for success by making sure leader or procedure manuals are up to date with the current job descriptions and required tasks.

  • Set and announce the nomination timeline and dates and stick to them.

  • Keep the style, format, and word count consistent when writing candidate’s biographies.

  • List the most recent areas of service first when creating candidate biographies.

  • Be mindful of stage presence for candidates. You may need to substitute presenters so that candidates are not on stage before the actual balloting.

What does your group do to ensure an efficient selection of new officers?

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Look for Future Leaders

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

Former Vice President of Organizational Resources Carolyn Blum offers this insight on leadership.

Look for Future Leaders

As a good leader in the LWML, you are involved with the day-to-day activities of your group, you delegate tasks as needed, and review each person’s involvement.

As a better leader, you inspire team members to help develop goals and timelines for the group, encourage them to ask questions, and nurture those who proactively share ideas. You observe how they influence the team, you ask them to volunteer for special projects, and you show appreciation for their opinions and allow them to exercise their leadership skills by working independently.

As the best leader, you actively seek out and mentor those with whom you serve and evaluate who has been blessed with the gifts and talents to lead the group when your term is finished. You visit with them occasionally about what you do in your position and perhaps even ask them to volunteer for a task or two associated with the job. While you may not be able to officially offer them your position, you can share your observations and suggestions with those who make that decision.

As Christian leaders, we thank God for the privilege of praying for and mentoring future servant leaders! More information on mentoring can be found in the Mentoring Resource Kit.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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When You Want to Call It Quits

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

Everyone has rough days. As Christians we are assured we can call on God to strengthen us so we can continue to serve with gladness.

When You Want to Call It Quits

Luke 5 gives us three points to reflect upon and to help us discover the life-saving power of Jesus as we serve and lead.

Return to your original call – Luke 5:10

Run to the Lord – Pray and give it over to God

Move forward in faith – Luke 5:5

The new Mustard Seed devotion booklet Praise and Patience includes some great meditations that remind us to praise God and exercise patience when times get rough.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Spelling and Capitalization of Internet Terms

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

Spelling and Capitalization of Internet Terms

The confusing Internet world can leave us baffled even when we are not connected. When using written communication referring to the web remember these easy tips.

  • email – lowercase except at the beginning of a sentence
  • Cellphone or smartphone – one word
  • home page – two words
  • internet - lowercase except at the beginning of a sentence
  • login, logon, logoff – one word when used as an adjective, but two words in verb form
    For example: I will log in to my login account.
  • online – one word
  • password – one word
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • username – one word
  • website, webmaster, webservant, webcast, web-page, the web, web address – lower case except at the beginning of a sentence.
  • World Wide Web
  • the web, website, webmaster, web page – lower case except at the beginning of a sentence
  • eNews – The LWML electronic newsletter begins with a lowercase e followed by a capital N.
  • eQuarterly – The electronic version of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly begins with a lowercase e followed by a capital Q.  The electronic version is not italicized.

Recommended fonts include Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, Times New Roman and Georgia.  Other fonts may not convert to PDF documents correctly.

Additional information regarding spelling and capitalization can be found in the LWML Style Book here.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Volunteer Recognition

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

Volunteers make necessary and important contributions to any group. Their compensation comes from fulfillment of individual goals and motivational needs. Recognition is important in their continued motivation to serve.

Here are some suggestions to recognize and honor your volunteers:

  • Make a phone call expressing your thanks.
  • Write a personal note.
  • Include their accomplishments in a newsletter.
  • Reward them with a meaningful gift.
  • Host an appreciation event to honor volunteers.
  • Invite them to dinner.
  • Thank them in person.
  • Send out an email expressing your appreciation.
  • Post photos of your volunteers on a church bulletin board or website.

The LWML resource Volunteers in Christ’s Ministry includes more information on honoring volunteers.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving (Colossians 3:23-24 NIV).

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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