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Biblical Lavender

October 31, 2008

Since we discussed the passionate Reds last post, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss the other end of the spectrum and delve into our Lavender readers.

So, chances are, you took your test, discovered you were a Lavender, discussed it with your friends (slowly of course) thought about it, and now want to know a bit more about what being a Lavender really means. Looking through Scripture, you would be hard pressed to find a lot of Lavender since they like to stay relatively to themselves and support others. When preparing for this post, I though over several possible, stand-out Lavenders. Examples would be Uriah (devoutly loyal to David, thorough, blinded by respect for his commander and chief), Zacchaeus (known to be the one who “watched” Jesus from the tree), or even Abraham (if I need to tell you about him, let’s talk). With all of the leading characters up for the part, I came back to one who notably stood out among the rest. Who is it?



Why Ruth?

There are so many of Ruth’s qualities leading one to believe or speculate Ruth was Lavender. One phrase summed up the reasons why Ruth was an apparent Lavender to me… “Wherever thou go, I will go.”
(Ruth 1:16-17) If you were to describe or bottom-line the description of anyone who is Lavender, you could use this statement from Ruth. Lavenders are extremely loyal and remember, they are Slow Pace and PEOPLE Focus. They are the toned down version of your Yellows, however a bit more thought out. Lavenders like to blend in with their surroundings and feel perfectly content functioning in a support role. What are some examples from Ruth’s life outside of the passage from Ruth 1:16-17?

We do not have to journey too far in the book of Ruth to discover a traditional Lavender key signature. If you look at Ruth 2, it opens with the meeting of Boaz and Ruth. I want to point out that Ruth, being a Lavender, was out tending the fields to support her mother-in-law Naomi and to gain the attention of Boaz. She was obedient and loving and these two traits brought favor to her from Boaz. He continues to go out of his way to provide for Ruth and to protect her. The one aspect about Lavenders that I personally love is their ability to not only blend in with their surroundings, but also to gain the love and affirmation from the more dominant people in their life. Just as Ruth gained favor through her dedication to those she loved, Lavenders are able to naturally put others at ease and tend to focus on the relationship aspect of situations rather than the tasks.

Again, if you were to turn to Chapter 3 of Ruth, you will find it opening with Naomi telling Ruth how to win Boaz over. Notice Ruth’s Lavender response in Verse 5, “I will do whatever you say.” This is an important lesson to all of us who interact with the Lavenders of life, Earn Trust and they will support you to the end. Now this is most likely sometimes a fault of the poor Lavender individual since most would take advantage of this trust and have the Lavender do anything their hearts desire. This trait is not to be taken advantage of, rather, it is to be admired and protected. If you continue in Ruth, you will find our Lavender Ruth being rewarded with the affection and protection of Boaz because of her dedication and submission to him. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from all of the personality types, however, the Lavenders seem to have it in a nutshell. Take your time, focus on people. If we had more Lavenders in the world, granted not a lot would get done, but there would not be as many people needing love and respect… that is the growth zone for any Lavender.

So from a noted Red, I thank all of the Lavenders in my life for giving me something to aim to. We need more Ruth’s in the world. Less selfish, more giving and loving. Thank you Lavenders for all you do!

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Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.

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Servant Leadership- R is for Resourceful

October 30, 2008

Resourceful… is this a word that would describe you? If I were to talk to your team or colleagues, would they say you were someone who always knew how to get to an answer? Notice I said “get to” an answer and not always “have” the answer? What are some characteristics of a resourceful leader?

  • This is the person everyone looks to set bring in information that is not commonly known.
  • Most likely, this individual will be the one up to date on current events.
  • Has a passion for their field of experience or interest, often commanding the conversation when these subjects are raised.
  • Will be an internet junkie, always scanning headlines for new stories
  • This person uses their knowledge to be able to relate it to what they are going through or what they see happening around them.
  • They possess an ability to relate their knowledge easily to others citing examples.
  • This might be the person in the office that ALWAYS hits the FWD button on those chain emails about hot topics.
  • Some extremes may be considered activists for their cause

These are great strengths to have, especially for a leader. By enabling yourself to become resourceful, you have opened a whole new degree of knowledge and ability in the area of Strategic Leadership. A leader who already possesses the ability to think strategically is one who is normally at the helm of any organization simply by default. However, if someone who thinks strategically can also lend themselves to be resourceful, you know have a leader with the ability to think outside of the box. Additionally, you will also see someone who is consistently yearning to take their organization to the next level.

My Sr. Pastor at Westwood Baptist seems to be extremely resourceful. While preaching, Dr. Les Hughes often quotes these wonderful works of literature from the Library of Congress to the latest chain email going around. By intertwining some of this “resourcefulness” into his sermons, he is able to connect with a variety of people in the listening audience, not just the ones who are “like” him. This is the hidden treasure of being a Resourceful Leader-Your Appeal.

Benefits of Becoming a Resourceful Leader:

  • By constantly learning and growing, you are naturally going to become more like a chameleon in the crowds you surf. You will be able to interact with someone talking about the latest email scam to someone discussing the latest research on biotechnology.
  • You attract more people due to your simple ability to naturally entertain with the plethora of knowledge you seem to have.
  • When major decisions need to be made, you will be invited to weigh in due to your ability to bring in not only wisdom for the situation, but most likely wisdom from outside the four walls of the decision room.
  • You will most likely always have energy to work on … anything. You have an incredible thirst for knowledge which helps you become more a Strategic Leader and will always help you set the bar of Leadership Excellence.

Bad Side of being “Too” Resourceful

  • May spend too much time gathering facts becoming indecisive
  • Seems to be lacking the ability to make a quick decision when the situation calls for it.
  • Because of their passion, they may be reclusive, losing touch with the team

Remember, St. Augustine mentioned something in the lines of “too much of anything…” The same rule applies. With SERVANT LEADERSHIP, you are asked to balance all of these characteristics and become more like Christ in His ability to reach, teach, and coach all he came in contact with. Join us next time for our posting on SERVANT LEADERSHIP!

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Biblical Red- The Apostle Paul

October 30, 2008

So you have taken the COLORful Personality tests and it has labeled you as a Red? You’ve read the description and it suits you, however, you still have some questions about what you are to do with these wonderful gifts Christ has given to you? Let me introduce you to a notable “Biblical Red”.

So what exactly about Paul made him a “red”? Well, I believe the easier question to answer would be what about Paul was not a characteristic of the Red Key Signature? Paul was a go getter, born leader, not only earned respect, he demanded it. He was stubborn and would not back down from a fight. Once Paul was given something by Christ to accomplish… it was as good as done.

One of my favorite depictions of Paul’s ability to “lock in” on a mission is the story found in Acts 28. Up to this point, Paul had been on several journeys and Christ had told Paul he would present his case before Caesar. This was the task for Paul. Remember, the Red Color Signature is Fast Pace and TASK Focus. With this in mind, it makes sense why Paul was so resolute not only in his faith that Christ would deliver upon his promise, but he also must have found some comfort in focusing more on the completion of the task than the numerous hardships presented to him during the journey.

If we pick up in Acts 28, we will find Paul after the ship wreck. Paul, seemingly unbothered by the events leading up to his landing on the island, decides to go and collect some wood for the fire. Out of the brush, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit Paul on the hand. Now, what Paul does next is a classic Red move. Rather than simply brushing off the snake without the attention of the crowd, Paul does something that a typical Red would do by lifting his hand with the snake still in his skin. In a way, I almost imagine Paul wanting to say… “Look everyone, this monster bit me and I am not shaken!”

Why is this a typical RED trait? The typical Red will enjoy the opportunity to overcome a perceived travesty. One of the key signatures for this personality type is their call and natural disposition for leadership. With this in mind, one of the ways Reds reinforce their credibility is their ability to be able to go into a battle and overcome against extreme odds. This instant credibility is usually due to the supernatural ability to succeed. What happens with Paul?

In Acts 28, is says that Paul simple “shakes” the snake off of him and goes about his business. I am quite sure Paul was not simply doing this to provide a show or flex his own spiritual muscles, however, because of his ability to focus on the task (presenting his case to Caesar) and not the conflict presented to him, he astonishes those who witness the scene. The crowd eventually begins to proclaim Paul a god due to his supernatural ability to withstand the poisonous snake.

Now, Paul had his issues… prior to Christ. It is absolutely amazing what Christ can do through a Red when the Red submits to the authority of Christ. Speaking from experience, Christ’s strength along with his sovereignty, allows the Red to walk comfortably in their key signature. Of course, without Christ, the traditional Red can be seen as a bull, or obnoxious tyrant. With Christ, however, a Red can be seen as a great leader, one who is determined to succeed against every fiery dart from Satan through their belief in Christ. If Christ demands something be done, then the Red will step up to the plate and be sure it is completed at all costs.

So, if you are a Red, find comfort! Paul was one of the most successful of the apostles and accomplished more than his peers. He was well-respected for his knowledge, ability to preach, but also his passion and determination. If you are a Red, struggling to find your “groove” in the Kingdom, look to Paul’s life and find some comfort.

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A Prayerful Leader-John 17

October 28, 2008

The passage John 17, or more commonly called “The High Priestly Prayer”, is most likely one of my favorite passages for so many reasons. While listening to a sermon on my way into work, I began to respect and admire this passage for even another reason-Christ’s example of a Prayerful Leader. Let’s look at the passage together!

John 17

The passage is divided into three sections: The High Priestly Prayer, The Disciples in the World, and Their Future Glory. This is such a wonderful example of how leaders of any capacity should pray for their team members. Let us not forget this prayer was being offered up to heaven in the hours right before the despicable death our Savior was chosen to willingly suffer. While all of these thoughts of the pain and suffering he was to endure most likely raced through His head, he took time to spend two of the topics on those who followed him. How about that as a leadership model for us?

The Disciples in the World

Jesus first reminds the Father how he has given the needed instruction to the disciples and how because of this Word given to them, the world has turned on them. Christ, being the insightful leader he was, knew how troublesome this rejection and pain would be for his disciples in the coming years. He had the opportunistic vantage point to see the trials and tribulations that lay not only in the immediate future, but also in the years to follow as they were instructed to “go forth and spread the Good News.” It was because of this, Jesus gave us the Leadership Rule of Praying for Protection.

As a leader, a father, or husband, we are charged to pray for protection for those we support. We are not only to pray for their physical protection, which usually comes easily, but to pray against the evil one who seeks to destroy them. If we are leading ministry teams and have ministry/Gospel experience, we can pray as Jesus did for those members of our ministry team for we know all too well the daily struggles and tribulations they will be facing as a result of bringing the Gospel to a fallen world. As a pastor, you should know all too well the constant torment of temptation and pain in store for those who decide to join your evangelistic efforts. These examples are all ordinary, daily examples of following Christ’s Leadership Rule of Praying for Protection.

Another leadership rule outlined in this particular part of the chapter is the Leadership Rule of Self-Sacrifice. Look at verse 19, “For their sakes, I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.” Notice the underlined portion. It was for his disciples’, as well as our, sakes that Christ chose to sacrifice himself. As a leader, it is a natural, understood rule that with the office there will be the need for self-sacrifice. If things are not completed, the duty usually falls to us. If there is a difficult task needing special attention, it usually falls to us. All of these items usually come at great cost not only to our free time, but our ideal that one day we would be able to think/focus on something of interest to us. To follow Christ’s example, we need to embrace the Leadership Rule of Self Sacrifice, and sacrifice for those we lead. Although this is one of Christ’s ideals, let’s remember that even the Savior took time for himself to reenergize in prayer.

The last topic I would like to cover relating to these verses is the Leadership Rule of Succession as described in verse 20. Jesus was not only praying for his disciples to have success to glorify both Christ and the Father, but moreover, Christ wanted to pray for their success to keep the message of his eternal love going generations beyond his disciples. The Leadership Rule of Succession is one often missed by those in leadership; however, to follow the lead of Christ, we are to set forth succession planning so that our work through Christ is not ending when we end. Jesus spent three years with his disciples, training them for the days ahead. Jesus had completed his earthly task in training the disciples, now he turned to prayer to sustain their efforts in the coming years. As leaders, we are to not only pray for continued success of our team and the mission we have been given, but we are also to spend some time training up and coming leaders to eventually take our place. How many times have you personally seen ministries, churches, or businesses built around a central figure? When the figure does well, the company/organization does well, growing and prospering for all to see. What happens if the central leader becomes ill, or worse, what happens if they pass on? Personally, I have seen too many times, the disparaging effects of a lack of planning. We are to consistently employ the Leadership Rule of Succession and devise ways and programs to train leaders in our midst to eventually take on greater roles. Christ did, and so should we.

Their Future Glory

Verse 22 is most likely my favorite verse in the passage, maybe even the Bible. Christ, in his final moments praying that we would be as close to the Father as he was. Wow… that deserves its own blog.

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Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.

As a husband and father of three, Trent Cotton has a passion surrounding the role Christian Men are to play in their families, communities, churches and businesses.  This particular blog is dedicated to helping men take back the role that we have lost in society.

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Colorful Personality- Lavender "The Watcher"

October 25, 2008

If you are lavender, you are calm, cool, slow, easygoing, and are a well-balanced temperament. Lavenders are happy, unexcited, and pleasant but avoid involvement as much as possible. Lavenders never get ruffled, have high tolerance, keep emotions under control, and are consistent. This temperament is kindhearted, sympathetic but seldom reveals their true feelings. They have a dry sense of humor, which keeps people laughing. They make fun of people and have an ability to imitate others. They are often annoyed by the yellow temperament, make fun of the blue temperament, and love to burst the bubble of the red temperament. They are spectators in life. It is difficult to get a lavender to change their daily routine. A lavender’s philosophy is, “This is terrible! Why doesn’t somebody fix it?” But underneath the timid, introverted, calm temperament they can be a capable leader. They are extremely competent and efficient. They are usually a reluctant leader. People usually have to approach a lavender to perform a task or to get involved because lavenders, by nature, do not volunteer. They are peacemakers, help others fulfill their dreams, and are masters at anything that requires meticulous precision and patience.

Habit – They are predictable, slow drivers, and like to relax. They are usually the last ones to finish eating. They rarely gain weight because they eat so slow. They are extremely accurate and are excellent bookkeepers.

Work – They are drawn to the field of education (elementary) because of their patience. They provide an ideal place for learning. Other occupations are librarians, math, physics, languages, engineers, and surgeons. Lavenders have excellent mechanical aptitude making them excellent carpenters, mechanics, tool-and-die specialists, electricians, and craftsman. They make excellent foreman, supervisors and managers. They work well with others. They are well- organized, never unprepared, work well under pressure, and are extremely dependable. They are not risk takers. They will stay with a company all their life. Rarely do lavenders live up to their full potential because they are scared to fail at life. They struggle with personal insecurity. They are content and live a simple life-style.

Biblical lavenders – Abraham was a lavender! He is an example of how God can transform a person’s natural weakness into strength. Abraham’s fear, worry, and indecision became resolution, courage, and action. Abraham had to leave his comfort zone by the leading of the Holy Spirit. God told Abraham, “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee (Genesis 12:1 King James Version). Abraham walked in faith with God but still had many insecurities of fear. Several times he lied about Sarah being his sister (LaHaye).

This information has been taken from Patty Fant’s book WHO AM I? For more information on the Color Signature Series, please contact Christian Management Consulting. We provide the test you would take to discover your Color Signature as well as provide training for you and your organization on how to use this information effectively. Please be sure to contact Christian Management Consulting for more information or to order the WHO AM I book by Patty Fant.

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Colorful Personality- Blue "The Thinker"

October 24, 2008

If you are blue, you are referred to as “black” or “dark” temperament due to a high sense of emotions. They are the richest of all the temperaments because they are analytical, self-sacrificing, gifted, perfectionist, and extremely sensitive to emotions. They are introverts. They are moody with extreme highs and lows. When a blue is high they can become extroverts, but when they are low they become gloomy and depressed; during this time they withdraw. They are faithful and do not make friends easily. They are more comfortable in the background. They are extremely dependable. They have a strong desire to be loved by others. They are prone to be suspicious. They are able to see obstacles and dangers ahead; reds rarely see any danger ahead. When a blue is on a high, they can produce great works of art or be extremely creative. These accomplishments are usually followed by periods of depression. They find the meaning of life through personal sacrifice. They seem to have a desire to make themselves suffer and will choose a difficult and sacrificing profession. They are thorough and persistent toward a chosen goal. Blues usually have a high IQ with a creative imagination.

Habits – Blues are planners. When going on a trip they like everything organized well in advance. They study the map and know all routes to their final destination. They tend to follow the law; they are good citizens. They have a natural ability to grow things. They usually maintain and manage a beautiful lawn. Blues have a hard time making decisions. They are rigid by nature and keep a strict budget. Blues tend to place self-imposed limitations on their abilities by underestimating their ability and exaggerating their obstacles.

Work – Most of the greatest composers, artists, musicians, inventors, philosophers, theoreticians, theologians, scientists, doctors, and educators are blues. Blues like to act because it allows them to become someone they are not; extroverts. Other occupations, due to perfectionist tendencies, are the following: carpenters, bricklayers, mechanics, engineers, and plumbers. Blues are humanistic by nature; therefore, they look for careers that help others.

Biblical blues – Many strong biblical characters had a melancholy or blue temperament. All the prophets, Solomon, Apostle John, and Moses were among some of those characters. Moses was an introvert with little self-confidence. He underestimated his abilities and exaggerated his obstacles; even with God’s help. He asked God to provide him a helper; Aaron, his brother. Even though Moses was one of the most faithful and greatest leaders, he never gained victory over his anger, which limited God’s use. Moses ended up dying in the wilderness without entering the Promise Land.

This information has been taken from Patty Fant’s book WHO AM I?  For more information on the Color Signature Series, please contact Christian Management Consulting.  We provide the test you would take to discover your Color Signature as well as provide training for you and your organization on how to use this information effectively.  Please be sure to contact Christian Management Consulting for more information or to order the WHO AM I book by Patty Fant.

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Colorful Personality- Yellow "The Talker"

October 23, 2008

If you are yellow, your temperament is basically warm, buoyant, lively, fun-loving and you are an extrovert. Feelings rather than reflective thoughts form your decisions. Yellows have an overwhelming ability to enjoy life. When a yellow comes into a room, they brighten up the environment. They have an ability to lift spirits due to their conversation and demeanor. Yellows never lack friends. In the book Temperament and the Christian Faith, Dr. Hallesby states, “His (yellows) naïve, spontaneous, genial nature opens doors and hearts to him. They are genuine, feel joy and sorrows of others, and make people feel important.”

On the other end, yellows tend to forget appointments, obligations, and resolutions. They are always on a new adventure, which makes them seem unstable. They do not like to be alone and are always surrounded by friends or people. They are the life of the party. Their energy makes them appear to be more confident then they are. They are never at a loss for words often speaking without thinking. They are usually envied by others.

Habits – Yellows tend to have erratic behavior. They get side tracked and are procrastinators. They eat anything. They talk so much that they cannot focus on the need for the moment. They are forgetful and find it difficult to manage money, time, and work.

Work – Their bubbly personality and charisma make them extremely likeable. Many yellows are salespeople. Remember the cliché, “He could sell you anything!” They also make excellent actors, entertainers, hospital workers and preachers (mainly evangelist). They can be excellent leaders if blended with another color (temperament). They are extreme people. They should choose careers working with people. Their greatest contribution to life is making people happy.

Biblical yellows – Peter was a yellow! He was always talking, putting his foot in his mouth. Everything he said was wrong except when he said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:17 King James Version). He betrayed Jesus, but due to his warm and genuine temperament, Peter came to repentance. Later, Peter became one of the strongest leaders of the early church. In the book of Acts, everything he said was right because he was led by the Holy Spirit, which transformed his “old man” (temperament/character) into a “new man.”

This information has been taken from Patty Fant’s book WHO AM I?  For more information on the Color Signature Series, please contact Christian Management Consulting.  We provide the test you would take to discover your Color Signature as well as provide training for you and your organization on how to use this information effectively.  Please be sure to contact Christian Management Consulting for more information or to order the WHO AM I book by Patty Fant.

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