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Reflection 1

Write your reflections from the classmate post by selecting an idea from the reading, describing your thoughts and feelings about it. (MINIMUM OF 150 WORDS)

CLASSMATE’S POST

This next chapter gives us some great insight on things that we tend to miss as leaders and even as followers. Sometimes we will miss opportunities when we aren’t seeking them. This chapter approaches being an opportunity seeker when solving problems. The most common strategy used in this type of problem solving is not having the ability to reframe the problem as an opportunity. The author mentions that we tend to do this because we don’t ask the right questions. The author gives us examples of the right questions to ask such as what is the real problem I am trying to solve? what happens if I can’t or don’t solve this problem? The author mentions that we must know what we are trying to solve, or we miss an opportunity that is right in front of us. The author goes on to mentions that for opportunity seekers to excel we must be able to identify what at the real problem is. Many situations in our homes and even in the church are misconstrued because no one knows the real problem. Instead of fighting the problem we fight each other. The author gave a great quote on this. They mentioned that “Almost everyone’s first step to problem solving is suggesting solutions. We rarely stop to ask a clarifying question, dig deeper into the issue, or even listen to the entire problem. We jump right to “here’s what I think” mode, throwing out ideas and solutions to the problem.” This is so true! Opportunity seekers don’t focus on what they think, they focus on the standard. For Christians that standard is the Bible. What if what someone “Thinks” is right God says that it’s wrong? We all must have to stand on some type of authority. If not, everyone becomes the authority themselves. This chapter has been an enlightening read this week! 

Reflection 2

Write your reflections from the classmate post by selecting an idea from the reading, describing your thoughts and feelings about it. (MINIMUM OF 150 WORDS)

CLASSMATE’S POST

Good leaders start with a plan and know that they need to be willing to throw that plan out at any time in response to a new discovery or idea. Life is full of changes that don’t fit into the plan. A leader must be willing to dance with the change. If the leader resists it, the change will still persist in one way or another. Viewing the problem as an opportunity to create new procedures that will improve service paints a positive picture and one that is a little more palatable. Opportunity Seeker finds opportunities where others see problems. Shift from problem-solving to problem finding. One of the keys to becoming an opportunity seeker is to ask questions rather than trying to solve problems prematurely. With a mindset focusing on problems, you will continue to see problems everywhere and miss out on actual opportunities that present themselves. Learning to accept and see a challenge as a favorable juncture even though you might not yet know where the path will take you is purely an outcome of the mindset.