Archives For change

Achievers often go above and beyond the call of most. They’ll reach farther and higher than the average man.

These achievers, yourself included, may have lofty and worthy goals. You might even think you’re achieving greatness.

But are you? Or are you chasing the achievements of what society deems worthy?

Every culture seems to have a type of prestige the alpha chases after. This status symbol may be:

The Mercedes Benz SLS in the driveway

The 3 story home with green grass, a white picket fence, and a swimming pool in the backyard

The six-figure job that causes you to be away from your family 5 nights a week

You’ve seen these achievements dangled in front of you, I’m sure. I know I’ve seen them hailed as the be-all, end-all for achievement. But is it really the best you can achieve?

RoboCop. If you were around in the 80’s, you most likely remember the original movie.

Alex Murphy, mortally wounded in the line of duty, was given a second chance to “live” and serve the citizens of a decaying Detroit. They’ve now remade the movie.

As I loved the original RoboCop, I was thrilled to know the remake was happening. That’s why I took the opportunity to watch the new film.

Promotional RoboCop logo

The 2014 RoboCop remake still focuses on Alex Murphy as he makes a transition to RoboCop. However, the movie takes a drastic turn in how Alex becomes RoboCop and the tone of the film is much lighter.

Throughout the movie, I couldn’t help but see leadership lessons. From Alex’s struggle to the villains, there is plenty we can learn.

Warning: There are movie spoilers ahead if you plan to see the new RoboCop.

Are you tired? Worn out? Ready to give up?

It’s okay to feel this way. This feeling is a warning system. Your mind and body are telling you it’s time for a change.

Are you listening?

You better be listening. If not, you’re heading for disaster. You’ll wind up just like you did this year.

The good news is you can change the path you’re on. Actually, we can change the path we’re on.

You’re not alone in the journey. You’re not the only one looking for change.

I’m looking to improve myself. Other readers are looking to change their lives. Everyone is looking for a little extra.

So how can we change our lives this year? What can we do to make our lives better?

I’ve come up with 3 ways you, and I, can change our lives in this new year.

One thing in life is guaranteed. Things will change.

We grow older. We move away. We get married. Life changes.

Leadership changes as well. There are times when a leader shifts position or moves away from the organization completely. When this happens, we need to know how to deal with a leadership transition.

Image by Dave Huth

Image by Dave Huth

Our church has experienced quite a bit of leadership transition over the past couple of years. We believed our senior pastor was transitioning to a new role and our assistant pastor was going to step in and fill the lead pastor position. Things changed and this didn’t happen.

Then our youth pastor, whom I’ve served as a youth leader for over 10 years, stepped down. He transitioned into a full-time music minister and head of the Wednesday night services. And now he’s moved into a position of lead pastor at another church.

Management loves to play it safe. Systems are in place to keep the machine running effectively and efficiently.

Leaders don’t have this luxury. They’re heading into the unknown. No, wait… You’re heading into the unknown.

Risk Graffitti

Image by A Syn

Real leaders, not managers, are looking for the next breakthrough. Keeping an eye out for the next mountain to summit.

Think about major league sports. A lot of it’s played safe until it’s crunch time. Then the team leader has to make a choice.

Do they take easy score or do they go for the risky extra point?

Your leadership will require you to take risks.

Leaders head into the unknown

There’s always the risk that there are unknown unknowns.
— Nate Silver

As you move towards your goals and purpose, the road will get cloudy. Situations you didn’t foresee will arise. You won’t know what the next step will be.