For John Valley, showing up to UCLA Bruin’s field house for practice under coach John Wooden in 1969 wasn’t about winning or losing.
Valley’s memories of Wooden are no different than that of the hundreds of players he coached throughout his career. Of the fifteen blocks in the pyramid, Wooden attributed competitive greatness to three key factors: condition, skill, and team spirit. When a leader states a clear mission for the team, that team is better equipped to execute with purpose and take initiative in solving problems. What you’re accomplishing in establishing a clear mission is to succinctly transmit expectations to your team. When you embark on team building, ensure you establish milestones for the team that are related to its development. What you’re accomplishing by setting milestones for these types of team building activities is ensuring that you develop camaraderie, or what John Wooden titled “team spirit”. It’s not uncommon for teams to have their resident whiners, always complaining about a situation, decision, or task. What you’re accomplishing by engaging with team members who are negative is maintaining an environment of creativity and freedom to express ideas.
What you are accomplishing by fixing intra-team issues at their first sign is ensuring the viability of the team to work together towards the common goal.
If you enjoyed this post, please consider downloading our free 3-part video series that provides tons of engineering career skills including how to use LinkedIn, how to communicate and how to develop your leadership abilities. What set Wooden apart was his consistent application of the principles, a philosophy he captured in his “Pyramid of Success”. For most it’s the typical definition about getting a group to work towards a common objective. Leadership is all about bringing a group, an organization, or a team together to work on a common issue. We have shot clocks (deadlines), take on new recruits (a new project team member), and experience wins and losses. When you have a team member operating in victim mode, his or her attitude can act as a cancer on the energy of every other person.
Your team members do not need to be best friends forever, but they do need to get along professionally. The Greek army pretended to sail away and left on the shore a huge, hollow wooden horse as an apparent victory gift. The underworld has successfully dispatched many human targets by beautifully wrapping a bomb as a gift with an ornate bow and paper that explodes when opened. About halfway to my destination, I caught a ride with a kind, middle-aged Pentecostal lady who was very pleased to hear of my recent conversion.
And not wanting to be deprived of something so important, I began a very deep search into the controversial subject of tongues. I also recognize that even among charismatics there are vast differences of interpretation regarding the gift of tongues, so forgive me if I generalize at times. Rather, it would be an instantaneous gift to fluently preach in a previously unfamiliar language.
If we look at these three cases, we should find a clearer picture of this controversial gift.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. It was not a gift of hearing given to the listeners, but rather a gift of the Spirit given to enable the believers to speak (Acts 2:4). And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. History also tells us that the servants in a Roman home could be from anywhere in the world. In other words, they spoke languages they had not formerly known in a way that could be understood. When the Holy Spirit came upon these 12 Ephesian men, Paul recognized that they were prophesying, or preaching, in new languages.
The place was shaken and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, but because there were no foreigners present, the gift of tongues was absent.
The Corinthian church obviously had a specific, temporary problem because Paul's second letter to Corinth never even mentions tongues. Because the Corinthian church was a melting pot of many different nationalities, its services often became chaotic and confusing. But the Scriptures teach that some of the gifts are more important than others and that we should focus on the most important ones.
They would have us think that a Christian who does not speak in tongues is a second-class citizen.
But these same preachers would have us believe that the fruit of the Spirit is tongues or that every person who is filled with the Holy Spirit will speak in tongues.


This modern manifestation of tongues finds its roots not in the Bible, but rather in ancient pagan spiritualistic rituals. The weird sounds the priestess muttered were then interpreted by a priest, who usually spoke in verse.
The Indians would eat the hallucinogenic peyote, then sit in a circle and chant and pound drums for hours. Eventually some of the people would become possessed by their gods and begin speaking the eerie languages of the spirit world. Many of the African slaves who were brought to America and forced to accept Christianity were unable to read the Bible for themselves. The reason God gives us His Spirit is to restore in us His image-not to rob us of all dignity and self control! I have spoken in tongues for years and know it is from God!" As Christians, we should never base our conclusions on how we feel. Revelation is telling us that in the last days, God's people are to be called out of Babylon and its confusing counterfeit religious systems.
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Because by identifying goals and objectives, tasks ultimately become much easier for everyone. As the leader, it’s your responsibility to share this so you can develop together towards, as John Wooden labeled it: competitive greatness. Today the devil is using a counterfeit gift of the Spirit -a pagan form of the gift of tongues- to gain access to the church of God and destroy it from within.
How could the apostles go out preaching to all the world when they spoke only one or two languages? And there appeared unto them cloven [divided] tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. God chose this timely opportunity to bestow this gift of tongues upon the disciples so they could preach to the visiting Jews in their native languages. It is not called the gift of ears for the listeners, but the gift of tongues for the speakers. Because there were obvious language barriers at this meeting, Peter likely began to preach through an interpreter. Most likely they spoke in languages common throughout the Roman Empire, since that would be practical for spreading the Gospel. Evidently some of the members would pray, testify, or preach in languages unknown to the others present. Consequently, if there is no interpreter, the speaker is simply speaking into the air and the only ones present who know what is being said are God and himself.
But Paul makes it clear that different gifts are given to different people, and no one is expected to have all the gifts. Yet out of more than 50 examples in the Bible where God filled His people with the Spirit, only three times is tongues connected with the experience. I used to wonder why, if this was a message from God, wouldn't He give it to us in English the first time. Before long, several were spasmodically muttering as they experienced their tormenting visions. See Acts 28:3-6.) For people to hunt down and pick up deadly snakes in order to prove that they have the Holy Spirit is, in reality, tempting God!
From there, leaders continued to refine the doctrines and make them more attractive and palatable to other mainline Christians. The dominant, repetitious rhythms and syncopated beat disarm the higher reasoning powers and put the subconscious mind in a hypnotic state. Some of these charismatic churches go so far as to say that the Bible is the old letter, and that messages which come through tongues are fresh revelations of the Spirit and therefore more dependable.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (verses 2, 4). There are some basic requirements for receiving this most precious gift of the Holy Spirit. Some studies indicate that introducing a clear mission can result in up to a 50% increase in organizational performance. Most engineer leaders and project managers are adept at developing work breakdown structures for projects and also understand Gantt Charts and critical path.
However, when the opinion is negative or destructive to team dynamic then it’s no longer an opinion – it’s a whine, a gripe or bitching.
Whatever the reason, attempt to pinpoint it and then let them know unequivocally that opinions are appreciated, but only ones that come with constructive input. Unlike inter-team conflicts, this internal turbulence can spell doom to a team’s effectiveness.


When the ribbon cutting takes place on the project that your team delivered on schedule, within scope and below budget; celebrate!
In these situations, express intentness and poise in discovering the root causes and evaluate them in detail with the team. Sinon, a Greek spy inside Troy, persuaded the Trojans to bring the horse within the city walls, saying that to do so would mysteriously make Troy invincible.
After all, Jesus' disciples were very bright, even though most of them were not formally educated. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? At least 15 different language groups were represented in the crowd that day (Acts 2:9-11)!
Furthermore, the sign was not ears of fire on the listeners, but tongues of fire on the ones preaching. But when the Holy Ghost fell upon Cornelius and his household, the Jews with Peter could understand the Gentiles speaking in languages other than their native tongues. Luke does not say that they received a form of tongues different from the first two examples, so we must assume that it was the same type of gift given at Pentecost. This is why Paul commanded that if they spoke in a tongue unknown to the majority, they should remain silent unless there was someone there to interpret or translate (1 Corinthians 14:28). Clearly, the entire purpose of tongues is to cross language barriers and communicate the gospel!
Today the charismatic churches are by far the most popular among the Native Americans because it is such an easy and natural transition from their old religions. A true Christian should be willing to surrender every cherished view and practice on the altar of God's will and forsake any practice that may be questionable-no matter how popular, accepted, or beloved among other Christians. In every organization in which I’ve led I conveyed the rule that anyone was able to complain about a situation or a decision only if they were actively involved in that organization and if they brought forth constructive input and alternatives.
Differences in opinion must be welcomed, however, they must never be allowed to grow into hostility between team members. Revel in your success and ensure that proper acknowledgement is given to every member of the team. In order to fulfill the great commission, He promised to give them a unique gift from the Holy Spirit. In other words, it's not polite to speak in a language that your audience cannot understand.
I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
Delphi was also sacred to Dionysus, the god associated with wine, fertility, and sensual dance, and to the nine Muses, patron goddesses of music.
There are some things that are highly esteemed among men but are an abomination in the sight of God (Luke 16:15).
Remember that the confusion of tongues at Babel was not a blessing of the Spirit, but rather a curse for their rebellion. When this happens the results are easy to envision: team failure followed by project failure. After killing the Trojan guards, they opened the gates to the waiting Greek soldiers, and Troy was captured and burned.
It was a miraculous, supernatural ability to speak foreign languages they had not formerly studied or known for the purpose of spreading the Gospel. Then, after Pentecost, they in turn carried their new faith home to their respective countries. Listen to these plain statements from the apostle: "Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest" (1 Corinthians 14:15,16)?
And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.



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