engage and develop

One of the five points in our SERVE Leadership at Chick-fil-A is “engage and develop others”.  I have always found development to be very easy compared with engaging others.  When you engage another, you have to evaluate them with both the good and the bad.  I feel very inadequate to place myself in the judgement chair and engage another.  The consequences of failing to engage those on a team creates a toxic environment if not addressed.

Often, I rely on the words of Jesus to give me insight and courage.  Below are HIS words on right behavior.

The common sense behind right behavior

7:1-2 – “Don’t criticize people, and you will not be criticized. For you will be judged by the way you criticize others, and the measure you give will be the measure you receive.”

7:3-5 – “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and fail to notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye’, when there is a plank in your own? You fraud! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you can see clearly enough to remove your brother’s speck of dust.”

7:6 – “You must not give holy things to dogs, nor must you throw your pearls before pigs – or they may trample them underfoot and turn and attack you.”

7:7-8 – “Ask and it will be given to you. Search and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened for you. The one who asks will always receive; the one who is searching will always find, and the door is opened to the man who knocks.”

7:9-11 – “If any of you were asked by his son for bread would you be likely to give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish would you give him a snake? If you then, for all your evil, quite naturally give good things to your children, how much more likely is it that your Heavenly Father will give good things to those who ask him?”

7:12 – “Treat other people exactly as you would like to be treated by them – this is the essence of all true religion.”

7:13-14 – “Go in by the narrow gate. For the wide gate has a broad road which leads to disaster and there are many people going that way. The narrow gate and the hard road lead out into life and only a few are finding it.”