Welcome To My Window

Building healthy working teams can be delightful and very challenging.  The fundamental way people make meaning of their world and work is through communication.  We have all been in situations where what we thought we communicated was not received as we intended.  This creates the opportunities for conflict, for wasting time trying to figure out what truly was meant, hurt feelings, lack of productivity and, pushed to an extreme, lack of trust.  Dysfunction replaces healthy function in a team.
The profile we use is NOT a personality profile.  The Windows Profile is based on the one commodity we all have in equal amount:  TIME.  Our perception of time impacts our communication style.  We could potentially communicate very differently when we are relaxed than when we are under time pressure.  The windows are explained during the workshop with inferences drawn for the best way to integrate and interact with your team.
We can begin to practice effective communication once we identify the window through which we view the world. This “window” is our perception or the place where our brain and the outside world meet. How we perceive something is an important factor in beginning to understand why we behave as we do.
This profile is owned by Mrs. Rebecca Rhodes and we use it in team workshops/training with her permission.  There is a cost of $30.00 per profile.  This investment will reap incredible rewards in your team and beyond.  The principles learned can be used in all relationships.
We would love to help your team become more effective for the Kingdom of God.  Contact us at 404-756-6565.  One of the SLD team would love to serve your needs!

TEAM Workshop – Together Experiencing A Mission

In the first day of this interactive workshop (6 hours), participants explore the characteristics of effective teams and complete their own team assessment.   The second day offers the team an opportunity to learn skills for building and/or improving their team by working together to develop their own TEAM COVENANT.


Team CovenantWhat is a Team Covenant?  A team covenant is used to clarify expectations about all the components needed for a team to achieve excellence.  The single most important thing a team leader can do is to help the team clarify its purpose and goals.  Working together to establish a Team Covenant.

  • Team members learn how to communicate effectively with each other
  • Team members identify their common understanding of goals and objectives
  • Team members clarify their expectations and establish a set of ground rules
  • Team members determine their collective team values

Contact us at 404-756-6565.

One of the SLD staff would  love to serve you!

Leader Spotlight – Major Thomas McWilliams

Vision is a difficult concept to speak of in exacting terms. Yet the hallmark of a winning leader always includes his/her ability to formulate, communicate and implement a successful vision.        Read the Full Story



From the Director’s Desk – Priorities

In his book The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge relates the story of Vivienne Cox, who was to be promoted to a senior manager position at BP.  At the same time as her promotion was coming, Cox had her first baby.  She went to one of the senior managers at BP and told him, “I just want you to know that BP is not the most important thing in my life.  My daughter is.  If you think this will be in conflict with these new responsibilities, then it would be better to not promote me.”  Later, Cox reflected:  “While my job is very demanding, being clear about my personal priorities has really helped me, and maybe others in the organization as well.”

The topic for this month’s MissionMover  is priorities.  Clearly one of the elements that informs our priorities is our values.  As much as Cox valued her work, she valued her family even more.  This self-knowledge enabled her to make an important and wise choice on the front end of two competing life opportunities:  management in a world-wide company and motherhood.  Cox was very clear about her priority at that particular season of her life.  And, ordering her priorities meant that she could engage both opportunities with personal, as well as organizational, clarity and understanding.

Priorities, personal and organizational, are best ordered out of our values.  It becomes clear more often what needs to be stripped away, what needs to move down the list and what needs to be accomplished first.

We invite you to move through the articles, not just for information but for transformation. You will enjoy Dr. David Church’s guest article on Leadership Priorities and the free online resources.  When you encounter a truth you know you need to consider for your life and/or organization right now, put a peg down!  Ask God for clarity and summon the courage to strip away the excesses in order to be and to do the most important right now.

This might be a wonderful season to focus or refocus your life and priorities.  If so, please consider joining our new group (cohort) in April.  The teaching and exercises conducted in Focused Life and Leadership will be immensely helpful in sorting out your own values and help you to determine how consistently you prioritize your life based on your values.  You can view the details for this under the Leadership Training Tab/Cohorts/SLD.  We invite you to join us!  It’s not too late to register.

God bless you as you choose daily to serve Him!

Grace and all good to you!

Joanne Holz, Major
Director of The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development