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Unleash Your Inner Wonder Woman (Developmental Principles Found In The Movie Wonder Woman and confirmed through the life of Joseph)

By July 31, 2017 Leadership, Personal Development

Have you ever wanted to be… um… BETTER? Recently, a string of movies and pop culture icons have shown the negative side of our heroes! Someone had to change the template! I am so thankful for the movie, Wonder Woman which chose to shatter the modern trend. A movie that takes a look at a young girl and shows her develop into a hero! Those developmental principles are also shown in the life of Joseph from Genesis. Lets look at these two heroes while comparing them to these developmental principles.

There are many things we can learn from this movie (and from the Bible for that matter). However, we will focus on time tested developmental principles. If we practice these principles we will grow and unleash our inner hero that we were intended to be!

7 Developmental Principles:

1 – Dream and find your purpose

Early in the movie we see young Diana (AKA Wonder Woman), starry-eyed and wanting to be trained… knowing that her life is important and should not be wasted!  We have seen this played out in the lives of many people throughout history but perhaps none more obvious than what we see from the biblical patriarch, Joseph (see Gen 37). He knew he was created for a purpose greater than what he was experiencing.

We were created with purpose (insightful blog on “being created with purpose” – click here https://goo.gl/y68PYt)! Many people accept an existence that is lackluster! Don’t do it! There is something more, something better! Go get it!

2 – Be trained by the best

Diana finally gets permission to be trained by the greatest Amazon warrior ever. She accepts the training and jumps into it! She completely engages this training… by the best trainer ever!

Joseph went through similar developmental principles. He did not get a choice in who trained him… because he is sold into slavery! He quickly climbs in the house of Potiphar. The LORD is with him and whatever he does prospers.  

So how does that work for us? Most of us don’t get the opportunity to go to Harvard or be mentored by Warren Buffet. But we all have opportunities. Jumping on those opportunities is key for us to be trained. Being trained by the best might mean… the best for us or the best for us for now. Seize the opportunity!

3 – Train as hard as you can

Diana seemed to love her training. At one point Diana unleashes the full power of her bracelets. This came after a lot of training and her response to a particular attack by her mentor (a part of her training).  The only way for her to figure out the full extent of her ability was to be trained and fully engage in the training! Diana did that!

In the life of Joseph, we don’t see the same type of training that Diana engaged in but we do see Joseph engage in his situation wholeheartedly! He is taken to prison unfairly. He suffers in prison unfairly and it is there that he is rescued and through a series of divinely appointed situations he becomes the 2nd in command of Egypt! No doubt there must have been times of frustration and hurt, however, he lives out Col 3:23 and therefore trains as hard as he can accepting every situation as God-given and making the best use of every situation.

What situation is life throwing at us that we are struggling with? Can we accept it and use it as training? If so, how?

4 – Follow your purpose

Diana had to make a difficult decision. She had to leave what was familiar and what she loved to follow her purpose. She had to go toward danger to achieve her purpose. Like Diana (Wonder Woman) Joseph had to make a decision. He stashed food reserves in anticipation of a big famine that will hit the entire region. His only proof of that happening is a dream that Pharaoh had. He chooses to follow his purpose by trusting the interpretation of a dream (he has had several dreams and interpreted them accurately). He saw that the LORD had uniquely gifted him. He follows his purpose.

So… how were you created? What is your gifting? Have you seen it confirmed? Then follow it!

5 – Network with people to help fulfill your purpose

The plot thickens! Diana is taken toward the war (where she thinks she will find her purpose). It requires her to network with a group of people to get where she needs to be. To accomplish her purpose she is going to need to work with people! So… SHE DOES! There could be an argument made that she is not good with people but to accomplish what she needs to accomplish she has to get to know people, trust people and work with people.

Joseph has to work with people to accomplish his goal. It requires a unique matrix of communication and trust. He is in a foreign land but his past has prepared him! Against the odds, he does it!

Write down a list of people that you can network with to help you accomplish your purpose. Who are they? Why did you pick them? Are there other people to network that may know someone who can help you? Who are they?

6 – Don’t depend on others to find your purpose

Toward the end, Diana has to part ways with her new friends. She has to stand alone… and she does. She is not dependent on others to accomplish her purpose. She is accountable for her purpose. Joseph was accountable for his purpose. He follows through. He is accountable.

No one else can fulfill our purpose! No one else is accountable for our purpose. No blaming others! We are accountable for fulfilling our purpose.

7 – Finding your purpose means you will have to allow others to find their purpose

The conclusion of Wonder Woman sees Diana go her way to fulfill her purpose and then her friends going their way to fulfill their purposes. Joseph had to allow his brothers to fulfill their purpose. When they come face to face with him he has to confront them and lead them to an opportunity to embrace their purpose and their ultimate training… and they do! 

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our purpose and training that we think everyone else should engage in our purpose. We can forget that our purpose is OUR purpose and not someone else’s purpose.Others have their purpose. Let them find it. 

Conclusion:

Wonder Woman walks through systematic steps in personal development. Joseph walks through systematic steps in personal development. Will we embrace these principles and grow?

 

If you enjoyed this blog you may also enjoy – Lessons on Communication from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 https://goo.gl/2yanP6

 

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Communication: Do you hate talking on the phone, texting, or emailing? (Pros and Cons)

By July 28, 2017 Communication, Leadership

So… what is your primary preferred way to communicate electronically? This is a hot topic! As a pastor, I have people who will only communicate one way and sometimes refuse to communicate any other way. FRUSTRATING! Especially when I have to connect quickly.

Let’s take some time to look at each medium and discuss pros and cons.

Talking:

Often this is the type of person who just does not enjoy their phone… better said “smartphone” or they grew up in a time where talking on the phone was a priority. When the phone rang in their home someone (or everyone) went running for the phone! They may say something like “texting or emailing doesn’t feel very personal.”  

Pros

We can hear the tone of the person speaking. We can carry a two-sided conversation. We can

 discuss more than the initial topic. The conversation can evolve and we can discuss even more! 

Cons 

It seems like it takes up more time. It requires the other person to immediately respond or be available. It can interrupt other priorities.   

Texting:

This is usually someone who grew with tech. To them texting seems natural and easy. It is an extension of how they communicate. It is what they know. They may feel like a phone call is too invasive and that an email is not quick enough.

Pros

Texting is easy. It allows for easy quick communication. It can be accomplished now!

Cons

It is always not personal. It is frustrating if the other person does not respond (and everyone is different on their response time). Texting requires texting capabilities. Issues like tone and body language are lost.  

Emailing:

This is generally preferred by the generation who lands between Boomers and Millennials, Gen X! They remember running for the phone and they bought the tech. But generally their preferred method is email.  

Pros

A lot of information can be shared all at once. We don’t have to wait for the other person to answer and therefore we can email whenever. Generally, phones are not set up to notify the receiver of emails (the phone rings and texts buzz).

Cons

It may take awhile before there is an answer. Tone is difficult to know in an email. Sometimes email is not as easily accessed. Conversations are poorly had on email.

In the end, each medium has it’s pros and cons. For leaders being willing to communicate in all three mediums is necessary. It will allow for good rapport and we do not want to lose rapport simply because we are unwillin

g to use one of the three communication mediums I mentioned above.

This is not an exhaustive list and so… I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter!  Which medium of communication do you prefer and why?

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Considerations for Public Speaking (A list of 7 things to consider before speaking to an audience)

By July 26, 2017 Communication, Personal Development

1 – Dress appropriately – If our audience is casual, be casual. If our audience is fancy, be fancy!  

2 – Know the material – Take the time to know the material inside and out. This seems like a no-brainer but I have heard enough people speak to know that “knowing the material” is not a given!

3 – Smile (when appropriate) – Some people don’t smile. That’s bad. It looks painful for the presenter and it feels painful for the audience. Others smile all the time… it seems like fear! Smile (when appropriate)!!!  

4 – Check the mic before going on stage. There are a few things more distracting then a mic that does not work… but VERY few!

5 – Prepare to be gracious – This is a mental preparation and it is needed. If we are not prepared ahead of time to be gracious we run the risk of being rude or unkind to people before and / or after our presentations. Also, people love grace (and we all need it)!  

6 – Prepare action items – There should be a good take away at the end of your message. At least one good action item that the hearer can do.

7 – Work with the tech – We should be aware of how our tech works at the facility that we are using. There are always issues of compatibility and the unique quarks of that facility’s tech department. Go early and have a plan b, plan c, plan d, plan e, etc.  

What are some additional things that should be prepared ahead of time when speaking? Please comment below! 

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Lessons on Communication from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (There are definitely spoilers in this blog)

By July 26, 2017 Communication, Leadership, Mentorship, Personal Development

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was one of the best movies of the summer. I think that if we keep our eyes, mind, and heart open we can learn from just about anything. That makes for some very teachable moments in GotG2. Before you read any further… Yes, there will be some spoilers in this blog. Also, if you have seen both movies then this will make WAAAAAAAAYYYY more sense 🙂

I would love to hear your thoughts about what you learned! The following is a list of a few lessons I think are worth thinking through!

1 – What is said is not always what is meant.

This is a very important point. Throughout both GotG and GotG2 we see tension between Peter Quill and Yondu. Peter is frustrated at Yondu and Yondu constantly holds the fact that he saved Peter from being eaten by the other Ravagers over Peter’s head. We later figure out that Yondu is really fond of Peter and was protecting him from a terrible fate. However, because Yondu does not know how to address his emotions / feelings his words are very harsh!

It is important for us to keep in mind that often times “what is said is not always what is meant.” This is not unique to Ravagers! People often say one thing while hiding what they really mean! A few things to consider when speaking with others (or in long term relationships) is:

– Consider body language – Often times our body language communicates what we really think / believe.

– Consider behavior (especially long term).

– Consider tone – Often tone communicates issues such as emphasis, anger, warmth, love, hate, etc.  

The best way to communicate is found in the words of Jesus, “let your yes be yes and your no, no.”

2 – Saying what you think can be fun (and embarrassing).

Drax is known for communicating what he is thinking. At times, Drax’s inability to not say exactly what he is thinking is very funny. Other times, his honesty about what he is thinking reveals his ignorance. Saying what we think can be very freeing and funny but speaking everything on our mind can show ignorance and foolishness! Beware!

The Bible has a lot to say about this matter – From prudence, to speaking without thinking, guarding our mouth is a very important thing to do as we communicate with others! (see Proverbs 12:22-23;18:6=7; 29:20; Isaiah 32:6)

3 – Response is age appropriate.

One of the best scenes is after the opening scene where we hear one of the best songs the world has ever known (obviously I’m talking about the song, Brandy from Looking Glass). We then get to see baby Groot dancing and barely dodging life threatening situations. At one point Gamora yells to Groot to leave and get out of danger. Groot does not understand (or maybe does not care). Groot simply waves at Gamora. Gamora does not get upset but simply responds to him appropriately, almost motherly!

Sometimes we are locked in on what we want to communicate the way that we want to communicate it. It is very important that we not get caught up in ourselves but rather communicate the message that is needed to be heard. What is the message and what is the age appropriate way to communicate the message?

I am reminded of Paul’s urge to the fathers in the book Ephesians where he warns the fathers to not exasperate their children. Harsh communication or communication that is not age appropriate can cause such exasperation whether that is your child or not.

4 – Sacrifice is an action and communicates love.

Yondu ultimately gives his life up for Peter. He shows that he values Peter by ultimately giving his life. Peter lives because Yondu give up his life. That sacrifice showed Peter that Yondu loved him despite the words that Yondu used.

Do you know anyone like that? A teacher who did not care if they made you mad but seemed to pick on you? A coach that pushed you beyond what you thought was possible? A parent who sacrificed and worked multiple jobs so you did not go without but did not use the word “love” when talking to you? Could it be that they were really saying “I love you” with their sacrifice?

Again the words of Jesus jump out at us and we are reminded of his words that “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.”

Closing:

Communication is important no matter what planet you are from. However, we have a unique need to be understood. GotG2 is a great example of seeing the need to communicate. There were so many things that we could have picked out from the movie but I think these four should keep us talking and learning for awhile!

Please feel free to share additional thoughts you have on this subject below!

 

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3 Common Problems when Communicating to Others

By July 21, 2017 Communication, Leadership, Personal Development

Recently, I asked my friends on Facebook to share some of their biggest problems that they have when communicating with others. To my surprise people started to share… and share. It was great! When everything was said and done I found that I was not alone with my own weaknesses in communicating. I found myself very encouraged.

I began to study some of the common problems and I wanted to share a few thoughts. Enjoy as we walk through 3 common problems when communicating to others!

1 – Over communicate

Sometimes we want people to know what we are thinking or we want them to understand the entire story. This often comes from a desire to get people to better understand where we are coming from or to share our experience. However, the result is often people checking out or not wanting to talk to us (unless they have a couple of hours). So what do you do?

  1. Try thinking through the main point that you want to tell them.
  2. Tell them that point.
  3. Use the story as an illustration for the point.
  4. Leave off unimportant information that does not help further the point / narrative.
  5. If you see them starting to check out (eyes glass over, drool, yawning, etc.) then wrap the story up. 🙂

2 – Interrupting

This is a huge problem and very frustrating. It often happens that someone is really engaged in a conversation but they hear a word or idea that immediately triggers another thought and they desperately don’t want to lose the thought. So… they interrupt. The intention is mostly innocent but it is a bad habit. Here are a few thoughts…

  1. When someone is talking, let them finish… even if they are very slow and your mind out performs their words a million to one… LET THEM FINISH!
  2. If you have an important thought that you don’t want to forget then figure out a signal to remind yourself of what to say (I use sign language. I make the first letter of the word that I want to remember in my right hand. When the other person has finished speaking I am reminded what I want to say because of the letter I am signing. You may have other even more helpful ideas. Use them.).
  3. Consider others better than yourself. Before speaking, consider how this interruption is going to make them feel. I had a conversation with someone recently. They kept asking me questions and when I started to answer they would interrupt and keep going. That happened a dozen times! Super frustrating! I wondered if I was even needed in the conversation!

3 – Insecurity

There are times when we speak to people that we become insecure. It can be due to not feeling adequate with the subject or the person with whom we are speaking. It can also be due to feeling inadequate about our self! Here are a few additional ideas to help with insecurity while speaking.

  1. Have some confidence in who you are! You were created in the image of God (Gen 1). Keep your head up, maintain eye contact (not in a weird way), throw your shoulders back and remember that “God never made junk!”
  2. Remember what your grandma said, “They put their pants on the same way you do!” Who knows, they probably struggle with similar insecurities. It’s okay!
  3. In all fairness, don’t speak with authority on topics that you do not understand. Listen and ask questions.

These are just 3 common problems. However, there are many! Can you relate to these problems or do you have other problems that you struggle with while communicating? Keep your head up and I look forward to hearing from you (post below)!

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7 Stages to a Great Apology

By July 21, 2017 Communication, Mentorship, Personal Development

When we mess up, what do we do? Many people just like to act like nothing happened. Some people like to shift the blame to others. I want to give another thought. APOLOGIZE!!!

How in the world do I give a good apology? That is a question that has plagued mankind for thousands of years! Hang in there! There is an answer!

I am forever grateful to Rick Stein, Specialist of Alliance Peacemaking,

for his incredible patience in teaching and training me on the 7 A’s of confession from Peacemaker Ministries! Let me share with you the “7 A’s of confession” or what we might call the “7 Stages of a great apology”. I have had the great opportunity to put this into practice… a lot! I hope you learn from my mess ups!   

1.Address everyone involved

When we offend others it is very important to address everyone. We should not ask someone to represent us with others. Addressing everyone allows us to be able to show that we are remorseful and that we do care.

2.Avoid if, but, maybe

Have you ever heard something like… “I am sorry if you felt that way,” or “I am sorry but maybe you should not have…” or “I am sorry, however, maybe you should have behaved…”? Yeah, SAME! Those are not apologies! They don’t own anything! Avoiding words like “if, but and maybe” are necessary for clearly communicating an apology.  

3.Admit specifically

Nobody likes hemming and hawing! Nobody likes vagueness when it comes to an apology! Nobody likes feeble attempts at being sorry. When someone offers an apology without admitting to the specific issue at hand it does not feel like they are owning their part and consequently it does not feel like an apology.

4.Acknowledge the hurt

We got to get out of our own skin and look through someone else’s eyes and acknowledge the hurt that the person is feeling. We might ask, “how would I feel if someone did this to me”. Once we answer that question it is pretty safe to say that the person to whom we are apologizing to feels the same way!  Acknowledge the hurt.

5.Accept the consequences

Sometimes our actions have the consequence of not being trusted or hurt. That often is not fixed with an apology. It may take time to heal and consistency with a new behavior. They may get huffy or even reject our apology. That’s on them. We must be willing to accept the consequences.  

6.Alter our behavior

A real apology shows that a behavior (words or actions) need to be changed. The way to show that we mean our apology is that there is a behavior change. That a behavior will be altered.  

7.Ask for forgiveness

Finally, we should use our words and ask for forgiveness.

Prayerfully, consider these steps. Perhaps right relationships make us feel good because right relationships honor God!

Do you have other suggestions or ideas? Please feel free to share them!   

 

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4 Filtered Funnel of Grudge Holding

By July 17, 2017 Communication, Leadership, Personal Development

Have you ever been in a spot that you can’t believe that you are in? Have you gotten there and thought “how did I get here”? We’ve all been there!!! I would like to walk through what I like to call the “4 Filtered Funnel of Grudge Holding”.

A grudge is when we are holding something against someone. I asked Siri to define “grudge” for me. Siri came through for me again!!! She said it is “a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury.” (WELL DONE SIRI.) Grudges are easy to have and hard to work through. I have found that walking through this four filtered funnel is very helpful in understanding where this grudge has come from. (What to do about it??? That will be addressed another time! We are being introspective right now.)

1 – Desire

Desires are not bad. Desires can be very good. It is good to desire. Desire can be a drive that helps us to accomplish great things. However, if a desire becomes misdirected or difficult / impossible to obtain then there can be problems! When a desire is filtered through the Word of God and through wisdom then a desire can remain a good thing. However, when it is not it often progresses to a demand!

2 – Demand

These desires can evolve into stronger feelings that turn into something worse. These feelings create demands.  Demands occur when we feel like someone is not helping us to get our desire. Demands can be expectations. Those demands / expectations can be verbalized but most often they are not. Which means, that we have an expectation that won’t be met, in part, because it is unknown. This causes frustration and frustration leads to judgement.

3 – Judgement

Demands progress to judgement. Judgement is reserved for a judge (or The Judge). One of the reasons that we may ask a judge to hear our case is that we can’t see the full picture. Jesus uses an illustration to address this matter and He calls it “getting the log out of your eye” (See Matthew 7 for the full account). Therefore when we are at this stage… BE CAREFUL! We are one step away from severely damaging our relationship!   

4 – Punishment

Yuck! Punishment! This is the ugliest and most damaging to our relationships. Punishment can be subtle or it can be very obvious. They range from not responding to texts (or responding with the passive-aggressive “k”) to not speaking to the person to talking behind their backs to verbal or physical altercations. Here’s the thing… when we hand out punishment it feels right! But it is not right! Punishment must be handled with the most discerning of wisdom and soaked in love (yes, love can yield an appropriate punishment).

Now that we understand the lingo let’s go at it backwards…

Answer the following questions to better use the filter.

  1. Who are we holding a grudge against?
  2. How have we punished them?
  3. What was the judgement we gave them? Why?
  4. What was the demand or expectation that led to this demand?
  5. What is the desire that led to the demand?
  6. Is that desire good? Why or why not?
  7. How can we align this desire with our worldview? (see “Leadership and the Worldview Pie – What does the crust have to do with it?”  https://goo.gl/i1usYg and “Leadership and Worldview – 3 Great questions to ask about every slice of the worldview pie!” https://goo.gl/ivW46q  for more insight into this question.)

 

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5 Easy Ways to Hear Better? (Okay 4 ways and one bonus)

By July 16, 2017 Communication, Personal Development

What a wonderful world that we live in! You want a cool new shirt? Sweet! Delivered by drone to your house! You need info? Thank you, Google! We live in an instant society. That is pretty great! However, one of the disadvantages (and there are many) is that we are so distracted we often don’t hear what the other person is saying!

Consequently, we then have misunderstandings, hurt feelings, broken relationships and all because we did not “hear” what was being said. I have spent years studying communication, conflict resolution, negotiations, and reconciliation. Let me share with you 5 ways to hear better! You ready? Okay, here we go…

1- Listen with your face –

“Listen with your face!” I heard a pastor say this one time. Actually, he was sharing how his wife told him to listen with his face. As he watched TV he would respond with his default setting “yeah, that’s true.” She got mad at him and told him to “Listen with your face.” I have found that to be a huge factor in communication. We simply need to pause what we are doing and look at the person with whom we are conversing and make eye contact. People feel like we are hearing them… and they are right! We are better hearers when we watch the person with whom we are speaking. We pick up tons of nonverbals (which is a huge factor in communication). We are also better able to connect. There is something about looking into someone’s eyes that make us better engaged!  

2- Fully engage mentally –

So my wife says to me “Kenny, can you drop off your daughter at work and… (I’m not sure what else she said I stopped listening)”! I stopped listening because I was already thinking about what I was going to tell her. In the old days, we had a phrase that we used, we said, “you are not paying attention.” Now we just act like it is okay! Here’s what we don’t like to admit, when we are talking to someone and they start thinking about their “comeback comment” (wait for it… ) we can tell that they are NOT  listening! So… we must pause and make sure that we are understanding what is being said before coming up with a response or jumping to conclusions.

3- Repeat back what you heard them say (sometimes) –

Sometimes it is important to pause and make sure we are understanding what is being said. When the other person is finished speaking… we can stop and repeat what we heard them say in our own words. Here is a word to the wise… if we do that too often we seem… um, well… dumb! It seems like we can’t understand simple English. So let’s use this tool sparingly and only as needed, if needed, when needed. Also, it should never start with “Are you serious…” or “Do you really think…” that is unless our goal is to make them mad (then by all means, that will be very effective).

4- Ask a kind question (maybe 2) –

Did you notice the word “kind”? That’s the key word. People consistently ask questions that are condescending,derogatory or just flat out mean-spirited! That’s not necessary! Ask a kind question. We may have to humble ourselves and ask it like this, “I’m not sure if I understand, can you help me understand what you mean?” Humbling our tone allows people to not feel attacked. It is a gracious way to more easily hear what is being said.  

5- BONUS: Put your phone away

I know this should be obvious but IT’S NOT! I know that it is not obvious because I talk to people all the time who have their stupid phones out and they are looking at something while I am trying to speak to them (often after they ask me a question!!!). This is not just a pet peeve of mine but common courtesy. We can’t engage in two conversations at once. Okay that’s not true… we can’t engage in two conversations at once very well. So let’s put the phone away! People are more important and the good Lord put that person in front of us… we should show them the respect they deserve and put the phone away!

We were created in God’s image. It is good to be heard but we must practice good listening skills if we have any hope in having good healthy relationships!

Is there anything that I missed? Please feel free to post below some additional thoughts you have of easy ways to hear better! Thanks, you are wonderful!

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Leadership and Worldview – 3 Great questions to ask about every slice of the worldview pie!

By July 15, 2017 Communication, Leadership, Personal Development

If you read “Leadership and the Worldview Pie – What does the crust have to do with it?” then you understand the concept of “The Crust”. But how do we develop a worldview? Many people say they believe one thing but live a totally different worldview!

Below are some questions that I have found very helpful in developing my worldview. If you have some additional thoughts or questions to ask please post below!

CRUST:

Theology – is the Crust of the Worldview Pie

  • What do I believe about God
    • Do I believe there is a God?
    • If not, do I believe there could be a God?
    • If there is a God, which God?

SLICES:

There are the 9 Slices to the Worldview Pie:  

Philosophy the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Philosophy?
    • Knowledge – how is it attained? Where does it come from?
    • Reality – how should it be understood?
    • Existence – Is there a general purpose? What is it? How does that influence others?

Ethics moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.

  • Based on my understanding of God what do I think about Ethics:
    • Where did morals come from?  
    • Why should one behave with any set of morals?
    • How should one behave? Why is that necessary?

Biology is the natural science that involves the study of life and living organisms, including their physical and chemical structure, function, development and evolution.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Biology?
    • Where does life originate?
    • Are we a cosmic accident?
    • Do animals have purpose? If so, to do what?  

Psychology the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.

  • Based on my understanding of God what do I think about Psychology?
    • What is the purpose of your mind?
    • How does your mind control your actions?
    • Do your actions matter? If so, why?

Sociology the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society. (as well as social problems.)

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Sociology?
    • Should humans follow a specific set development process? If so, why?
    • Does societal structure matter? If so, why?
    • What is proper human society? Why and how did you come up with that?   

Law the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Law?
    • What is the purpose of law? Why does that matter?
    • Where does law come from?
    • Why is law necessary for humans?

Politics the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Politics?
    • Why should a group of people use political systems?
    • Whom should benefit from a political system?
    • Do the masses or individuals matter more to the body politic.

Economics the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Economics?
    • What role does economics play in a society?
    • What should economics matter?
    • Who should benefit in an economic system?

History the study of past events, particularly in human affairs.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about History?
    • Does history have a point?
    • Why does history matter?
    • How does history affect a culture?

After working through the questions on each slice of the worldview pie what did you find? Is your worldview consistent? What are additional questions that may be helpful to ask?  

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Leadership and the Worldview Pie – What does the crust have to do with it?

By July 14, 2017 Communication, Leadership, Personal Development

Does it ever shock you how people sometimes just don’t get what you are saying??? THAT DRIVES ME CRAZY! I’m speaking English to an English speaker they SHOULD understand! But often, to my great chagrin, THEY DON’T! Ever been there? Why is speaking and hearing so difficult???

A Thought On Our Speaking and Listening Problem:

One of the great problems with communication is that we often come from different perspectives. These perspectives can be formed because of experiences that have imprinted on us or even formed from the lack of experiences. At times, politicians vehemently disagree about matters on the same topic and they seem to never understand why the other politician can’t get it. However, there seems to be something more deeply at play than experiences or votes for that matter. What I am talking about is a worldview. A worldview is the way that we see things. One might say that a worldview is a set of glasses that cause us to look at the world.

Worldview Pie:

David Nobel identified 10 points of a worldview. I like his perspective but please allow me to change the metaphor, from glasses to a pie. I like to look at worldviews as a “worldview pie.”  Each slice is a different area but the crust (that which holds it all together) is a specific topic. I would say that the crust that holds it together better defines each slice. In other words, if you know what the crust is then you will know how each slice should be understood. How does one understand philosophy, psychology, politics, ethics, sociology, economics, biology, law, and history? That depends on what is holding those slices together.

Let’s take a look at the crust:

With respect to how one views each slice of the worldview pie, there are a variety of possibilities but they are all based on the way that one sees God, this is called, theology. It can also be the way that you do not see God. Your crust could be, “Atheism,” “Agnosticism,” “Theism” or even “polytheism”. From there it may be broken into small components such as “Secular Humanism,” “Agnostic Atheism,” “Christianity,” “Judaism,”  “Islam” or “Hinduism.”

Crust defines the Worldview Pie:

This crust will define the pie. It will help each slice to have a nuanced meaning that will help us to understand where a perspective is coming from. It is the very reason that one group of people sees big government as the answer to most questions and others see small government as the answer to questions. It is not that either group is inherently bad or even spiteful. It is simply that they take on different crusts to their worldview. Their crusts define the pie. If Secular Humanism is their crust then it will give unique flavor to  the way that they view EVERYTHING! If Christianity is their crust then it will flavor everything they participate in.

Theology is the Crust of the Worldview Pie

Here are the 9 Slices to the Worldview Pie with a brief definition. In the days to come I will talk about each slice.   
Philosophy the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.

Ethics moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.

Biology is the natural science that involves the study of life and living organisms, including their physical and chemical structure, function, development and evolution.

Psychologythe scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.

Sociologythe study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society (as well as social problems).

Lawthe system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.

Politicsthe activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.

Economics the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth.

Historythe study of past events, particularly in human affairs.

 

Here are a few questions to consider:

  1. What is your belief about God?
  2. Is He personal or impersonal?
  3. Is He redemptive or aloof?
  4. What are other questions you should be asking? 

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