Two Are Better Than One

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They say if you want a job done, do it yourself.   What if there is a better way to get the job done, meet goals and finish well?  I’ve learned it’s about working smart and that means working together.   God showed me that it is so much better to empower others to their destiny and gifts than to try to do everything myself. It takes a team to make a dream!  What an amazing beautiful realization!

While coordinating and directing women’s conferences a few years ago, I realized I needed a team in order to get more done.   I would gather several teams of volunteers together who would help to oversee each aspect of the conference and I would oversee the leaders of those teams.  All the teams worked together to form one harmonious grand finale…the conference.   What a joy it was to see women helping women as they used their gifts and talents to cheer one another on.  Each piece and part fit cohesively as many different personalities came together to accomplish something wonderful!

Ecclesiastes 4:9 •
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.”

We’re better together when we double our efforts and work in loving harmony to accomplish MORE!

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Whether you are working, have a career, in full-time ministry,  a stay at home mom, or a volunteer, you are going to find yourself either leading or working on a team at some point. Here are few tips for working together to accomplish a big goal.  Enjoy!

  • Delegate tasks that are not your strengths
  • Pray together
  • Talk about a Plan B when Plan A doesn’t work
  • Manage expectations and be flexible
  • Celebrate often
  • Make room for the new; reach for the next level
  • Let others shine; develop people to MORE
  • Think the best
  • Don’t keep going over what went wrong, fix it and move on
  • Resolve conflicts quickly; be willing to let offenses go
  • Be self-aware
  • Know when to back down
  • Listen more, talk less
  • Be relevant and adaptable, but keep the main thing, the main thing
  • Know your capacity and stay in your lane

 

Keep your eyes on God and the goal and He’ll get you there.  Be encouraged, and when opposition comes against you, when others misunderstand you, when someone doesn’t get your “personality,” when deadlines are tight and it seems you won’t make it, simply love others, keep your faith and press on toward the goal!

IMG_3891Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study, Something Beautiful, and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at her home church, Church of the Highlands, home styling for friends, on the hiking trail with her husband, Jim and their chocolate lab, Nelson, talking with their adult daughter Lauren or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

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