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Jesus On Leading – Listening & 10 Questions I Love to Ask

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Jesus on Leading: Listening 1: 10 Questions I Love to Ask

Guest Post by Judy Douglass

You’ve probably noticed, when reading the Gospels, that Jesus was consistent in his conversation. He asked a lot of questions.

If you think about it, asking questions implies something so critical to leading: a willingness to listen.

Now I’ve known people who ask lots of questions, but they don’t listen.  You’ve barely begun to reply before they ask another question.  I don’t think that’s how Jesus did it.  Nor should we.

Perhaps, in order to listen well and learn something from the person we are talking with, we...

Jesus on Leading: Listening 1: 10 Questions I Love to Ask

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Jesus on Leading: Listening 1: 10 Questions I Love to Ask

Guest Post by Judy Douglass

You’ve probably noticed, when reading the Gospels, that Jesus was consistent in his conversation.  He asked a lot of questions.

If you think about it, asking questions implies something so critical to leading:  a willingness to listen.

Now I’ve known people who ask lots of questions, but they don’t listen.  You’ve barely begun to reply before they ask another question.  I don’t think that’s how Jesus did it.  Nor should we.

Perhaps, in order to listen well and learn something from the person we are talking with, we...

What’s Better than Small Talk?

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What’s Better than Small Talk?

Guest Post by Judy Douglass

The introvert in me resists social settings filled with strangers I must talk to.

But that is a common component of my job:  meeting, greeting, welcoming new people.  Casual conversation at a reception or over dinner.   Exactly the kind of interaction I don’t prefer.

But my goal is to make these people feel comfortable, to get to know them and introduce them to our ministry.  To begin to build a relationship—with me and with our organization.

I’m a storyteller by nature, so I could entertain and inform them for some...