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Team Work Makes the Dream Work! (Part 1)

Teamwork makes the dream work. This is the statement that I have been meditating on. A good friend of mine by the name of Ps. Patrick Ondrey recently sent me an email with an interesting little story, so I thought that I would borrow it and send it to you to be a blessing to your life.

“A sea captain and his chief engineer got into an argument about which one was more important to the ship. Finally they decided to trade places for a day.

The Chief went up to the bridge and the Captain went down to the engine room. After a few hours, the Captain suddenly appeared on deck, covered with oil and soot.

“Chief!” he yelled, wildly waving aloft a monkey wrench. “You’ll have to come down here! I can’t make her go!”

“Of course not!” replied the Chief. “We’re aground!”

Great leaders know they may be the person at the top, but they’re not the only ones critical to success. They recognize the talents and skills of those around them and allow each person to utilize their strengths where it will best help the organization excel.

So, who’s really the most important? All of you!”

The Bible tells us that the whole body makes increase of itself in love as each individual member supplies to the body the unique giftings and talents they were given by God (Ephesians 4:12 & 13 paraphrased). You were endowed with the seeds of greatness, designed for accomplishment and engineered for success. You are God’s plan “A”.

God has been showing me that in order to achieve our goals, dreams and visions the team around us is critical to our success. The late Kenneth Hagin Snr use to say “that the anointing upon our life is affected by environment, influence and association”. My good friend Col Stringer says “you can’t fly with the eagles if you hang around with the turkeys”. I like the story in the Bible of King David where in the Cave of Adullam (1 Samuel 22) the discontented, the broke, those in despair, the discouraged gathered unto David and he became a captain over them and when you read the history those men became the mighty men of David that went on to great victory and great achievement and caused David’s reign to be the greatest that Israel had ever seen till that time. I like to say we are made great by each other’s greatness. Because the power of synergy comes into play, the team starts to work together as a team each member supplying the unique giftings causing the team to improve, excel and do better than they have done before. 

I DARE YOU to build your team! I DARE YOU not to be threatened by those around you but to appreciate their unique abilities and utilize them for the achievement of the goal and fulfillment of the vision. Like I said last week I DARE YOU to be jack of a few trades focused on one, not jack of all trades, master of none. 

Last week while I was at Robina Holden I was speaking to Darcy the Fleet Manager and as we were doing business together I started to share with him some of my thoughts on teamwork, bouncing off of him and gleaning wisdom from him. Darcy use to be an officer in the Airforce and as such knew the great importance and strength that teamwork supplied. Darcy told me about an exercise that he use to get his men to do, he would put them into three teams and each team would have exactly the same materials to build a raft and to cross a fast flowing river with a rising tide within a timeframe of fifteen minutes. The purpose of the exercise was to accomplish the given task effectively, safely transporting all your team to the other side of the river within the timeframe given. Darcy said he would stand back and watch how the team would work for the purpose of identifying leaders and different strengths and abilities and how when each person supplied their unique giftings the task could be accomplished within the set time. He told me how one team would rush right in, “gung-ho” while somebody immediately jumped into leadership pushing others before identifying people’s abilities. The point of the exercise and the lesson learned was that instead of rushing in, it was better to take a step back and to plan and come up with a strategy identifying people’s strengths and allowing them to perform that task for example “whose the best one at tying knots, whose the best one at cutting or chopping the poles into even usable lengths, whose the best one at laying out the plan or design of the raft, whose the best one at steering the raft, whose the best one at overseeing the overall project so that it is fulfilled within the parameters given”. In this way we see like in the above story we are all important when we give ourselves to our unique abilities and supply them for the benefit of the team. 

I DARE YOU to make your captains look good, captains I DARE YOU to develop your team. John Maxwell says in his new book “Winning With People” if you can win with people you can win. At the recent Hillsong Conference in Sydney where Brother John Maxwell spoke, I purchased his latest two books on Winning With People and The Seventeen Indisputable Laws of Teamwork”. I DARE YOU to buy these books to study them and apply their principles to your life and to your team. Another book that I DARE YOU to purchase is Dr. Peter J. Daniels’ autobiography. We need as leaders to keep ourselves fed, motivated and inspired. We are so blessed to live in a time that the Bible declared would be a time of great increase in knowledge. We are living in those days knowledge abounds and the correct use of it and application of it to our life, business, ministry and circumstances will cause us to achieve success unimaginable in common hours. I DARE YOU to advance towards your dreams. In his book on the Laws of Teamwork, Dr. Maxwell an approved expert on leadership, wisely recognizes that every great leader must rely on others to create success. The building and empowering of your team is critical to you achieving your goals in life. Whether your team is your family, your business, your ministry team or the local football club. I DARE YOU to begin to foster a team mindset in others by modeling a willingness to serve the big picture rather than yourself. I DARE YOU to think about ways you can help your teammates embrace the big picture. I DARE YOU to motivate people by painting the big picture. I DARE YOU to publicly honour team play. I DARE YOU to give rewards to the people who sacrificed for the good of the team. 

I like a saying that Anna, our future daughter-in-law says in certain situations “I took one for the team”.

I DARE YOU to take one for the team. Do something for the team so that the team together can fulfill the dream 

John Maxwell says “all of life’s successes come from initiating relationships with the right people and then strengthening those relationships by using good people skills. The belief that one person can do something great is a myth. 

Lyndon Johnson said “There are no problems we cannot solve together and very few that we can solve by ourselves”.

The greatest example we have of teammanship and unity is the example of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all working in their individual roles, but perfectly flowing together in perfection and harmony making up the Godhead.

Many years ago in a church leadership conference that I attended. Ps. Jim Williams taught me that one of the most important things for me to do in the ministry as I employ people was to employ my weaknesses not my strengths. If I wanted my ministry to be strong and balanced all round it was important to seek out people that were good in the areas where I was weak and utilize their abilities allowing them to fulfill their callings so that together we could achieve the goal God had given me to achieve. Jim told me that a lot of people make the mistake of employing their strengths and ignoring their weaknesses. They end up with people just like themselves doing what they themselves could do and not achieving as much as would have been possible if they had of employed their weaknesses. He told me the reason people do this is sometimes because of their own insecurity or pride or other attitude where they don’t want to look bad in the other person’s eyes because they are the boss yet they can’t do a particular task well. So they employ people gifted in the same area so they don’t look bad, but this is not conducive to balance high achieving team.

I hope you are enjoying these Winner’s Way teachings that I am sending to you each week. My desire is to see you win in life through Jesus Christ and I pray that these little motivational gems will help and encourage you in your success journey in life. If you no longer desire to receive these teachings then please let me know. Don’t forget that we have Drummond Thom on 28th August at 9am, Ps. Allan Bagg from South Africa on 4th September 9am and 6:30pm and Dr. Peter Daniels on 7th and 8th September, Wednesday and Thursday night at 7:30pm. You will find these men’s teachings to be life changing, challenging, motivating and rewarding. If you are not in a position to attend yourself maybe you know somebody in our area and I DARE YOU to contact them and to tell them about these meetings so that they can come and be blessed.

God bless you!
Dr. Shaun


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