EP. 03: THE “A” IN TEAMWORK IS FOR AFFIRMATION

Everybody is hungry for affirmation. When they don’t get it, they get cranky. It’s amazing how a smile and a simple word of encouragement can change a team member’s entire day. Four practical ways you can affirm your team would be:

  1. Valuing their ideas
  2. Appreciating their uniqueness
  3. Commending their efforts
  4. Praising their loyalty

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Carolina Corrales:

So our next value is affirmation and appreciation. This is so important. I think people feel valued when they’re affirmed for whatever it is that they’re doing in ministry even just showing up to volunteer. There’s a verse in the Bible that says, “I thank God, every time I remember you because of your partnership in the Gospel.” That’s Philippians one three through five.

Mingo Palacios:

That’s good.

Carolina Corrales:

I believe that affirming people and the things that people bring to the table is very important, being on a team. One of the ones that I think is really important is their effort; their effort to just show up. They woke up a little early on a Sunday morning-

Mingo Palacios:

Their weekend!

Carolina Corrales:

And said, “I’m going to show up and I’m going to be there a little early for the team meeting and I’m going to volunteer.”

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah, that’s good. I think so oftentimes people as leaders of teams, we wait for the proof, how good was something done and then we wait to affirm that or we wait to appreciate that. And I think that’s actually a misstep. So many people, I think they go through something that is unseen and then they say yes. Oftentimes that’s often the biggest hurdle they’re jumping is just to decide whether or not they’re going to do it. And so it’s a great practice. It’s a great discipline as a leader to even appreciate and affirm somebody’s yes. “Hey, I do want to serve. Hey, I am going to show up. I’d love to come and shadow you.” Like just to really celebrate that win, I say it in most of our team leadership stuff that we want to celebrate every stepping stone like it’s a milestone, right? And not wait for the opposite. It’s like wait for something big to happen. Celebrate every small step. And that creates that culture of celebration and appreciation.

Carolina Corrales:

Yeah. And I think also affirming people’s loyalty, which ties into consistency and trusting somebody.

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah.

Carolina Corrales:

The fact that they’re saying, “I’m going to be on this team” however many times they want to serve a month, just as long as they’re saying, “I’m being loyal to you” or to church.

Mingo Palacios:

To ministry.

Carolina Corrales:

Or to the ministry, saying, “I’m going to bring this to the table. I’m going to show up every other week or once a month” whatever it is, affirming that. We appreciate that.

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah. That’s actually probably one of the biggest gaps that you can close is, you know, we just expect that somebody is going to continue to show up and just to say, “I’m so thankful you’re here again this week.” Like, that is a small investment that can go a long way.

Carolina Corrales:

Yeah. And then I think of also affirming people’s differences. We’re all different and some people think that because they’re different, you know, they’re as valued as somebody else.

Mingo Palacios:

That’s good.

Carolina Corrales:

And I think that that is what actually makes us also unique and what makes the teamwork so well together is because we’re all different and we all bring different things to table.

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah. Even different perspectives, right, on how something can be accomplished. Maybe how something can be sharpened.

Carolina Corrales:

Yeah. So good. And then people’s ideas, affirming people’s ideas. We have so many ideas. I feel like people might say like, “Oh, I think we should do this.” And we’ve actually, you know, Tyler and I have actually sat in a room and said, “You know, what if we do this? What if we change this? What if we try this?” And you know, what maybe not everything works.

Mingo Palacios:

Or can be deployed. You can’t take every idea and put it into practice.

Carolina Corrales:

Exactly, exactly. And I think that a lot of times like him and I, some of our greatest ideas have come with just saying, “Hey, I have this idea. I know it might not be whatever. It might not be something that I think is as of value as.” Tyler’s like, “No, that’s actually good.” You know? And I think that there’s a lot of times where I know Tyler’s met with some of our leaders and that’s happened. He’s gotten many ideas.

Tyler Hofer:

Yeah. I think we’re a very diverse group of people on these teams and very diverse perspectives on life and out of that comes some amazing ideas that are ideas that if it was just me trying to be creative on my own, I couldn’t think of half of this stuff that we’ve implemented. The thing that comes to mind is, recently we’ve tried to revamp some of our growth track classes; the experience around it. We got some volunteers in a room one morning, a Saturday morning, and we just hashed it out. And the ideas that came out of that meeting, this last one on one class we had was the best class we’ve ever had hands down because it was actually people who have gone through the class that they saw things that I would never see from my perspective. And we were able to change some things and make the quality of that class so much better. And that was volunteers.

Mingo Palacios:

It came by trust. Right. So we talk about the t in the whole teamwork. They trusted you with their idea, right? And so if we’re not creating space where people’s ideas are valued, if they’re celebrated, if they’re appreciated. “Hey, I appreciate that you brought that idea to the table.” I would argue if you’re not celebrating that you probably don’t have much for creativity inside of your team because as a leader you’re not valuing it. You’re not putting a golden star on it so that other people on the team go, “I want to be valued for my idea” even if it’s not going to be used. Or, even if it’s not a great idea to create an economy where an idea is celebrated is so massive for ministry.

Carolina Corrales:

Oh yeah. You know, people will be as creative as the structure allows them to be.

Mingo Palacios:

So good.

Mingo Palacios:

Does it afford it?

Carolina Corrales:

Yeah, exactly. So just to recap, what we should be affirming and you know, on our teams is their effort, their loyalty, their differences and the ideas.

Mingo Palacios:

Love it. That’s good.

Carolina Corrales:

And allowing people to be creative.

Mingo Palacios:

That’s right. And no matter how painful it is as the leader, right. You’re like, “Oh, this is going to be tough” but creating space for people’s ideas to be presented is a great way to build team values, teamwork.

Carolina Corrales:

Trust.

Mingo Palacios:

I love that. What’s next?

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