Monday, May 12, 2008

Making A Difference

I am so proud today of the work of one of the guys on our team.
Kent is a quiet, deep hearted guy who serves with excellence behinds the scenes. He joined our staff a little over a year ago and creates our service media clips.
He's totally committed to eternal reward vs. earthly gain. He would quit his dayjob to do ministry full-time if he could- and he's a pro. We haven't even scratched the service of how we can best position him to use his art to change hearts BUT he's out there doing it and I'm so proud of him. He worked on a pro-bono clip for a recent Habitat for Humanity fundraiser and the goal to raise was 55,000 and the current total is over 100K. (photo: Kent and his girlfriend Holly)

As a manager, he's a challenge because I cannot keep up with his potential. Which is a good problem to have, but I can't help but feel like I'm somehow holding him back. I've learned how to manage under achievers... but having an over achiever is a totally different ball game. Advice anyone?


Melinda said...

I don't have an advice. I do have a lot of appreciation for Kent's service!

Stephanie said...

did i tell you that kent was my physical therapist about 5 years ago? he is gifted in SO many ways!

does he have goals in mind for his role at sunset? is he involved in total service planning or just the tech stuff? just some thoughts. you probably have already thought of them yourself. you're right...its a challenge.. but a GOOD one to have!

have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Overachievers tend to be very self-managing, so...

* Rather than tasks, give him directions/trends.
* Share Sunset's vision for using media to connect people to God in worship and share key messages. And then ask him for his.
* Keep him up to date with what is coming up, and see what he comes up with.


Anonymous said...

Hmm ... who are the underachievers? Amy

Janet Fraser said...

It's always good to see how things I write, read to normal people.

For the record, the underachievers that came to mind as I was pulling the management tools out of my toolchest quite possibly didn't/don't work at Sunset.