Self-analysis: plotting will and competency, thanks to Marko

Kara Powell | Jun 9, 2011

So on Tuesday, our whole FYI staff had the chance to do a day of strategic planning about the future of FYI with a handful of youth leaders we think not only rock but “get” our mission. We invited Mark Oestreicher to facilitate the day. I’ve known Marko for a long time; he was my colleague and boss for years when we were on staff at the same church, so it was a special joy to be back in those sorts of brainstorming meetings with him.

We’ll be sharing more about the results of that strategic planning day in months (or maybe years) to come, but in the meantime, I have thought about this recent post by Marko a number of times. In it, Marko invites us to plot our various roles and activities along two axes: will (which seems to mean our enjoyment of something), and competence.

I’ve thought about those two axes a number of times. As leaders or parents, I think we’d learn a lot by this sort of analysis. Maybe we’d realize areas we need to concentrate on, or eliminate. Perhaps we’d get a vision for ways we can and should invite others to join or help us.

And if it’s not obvious from this blog post, this sort of exercise in and of itself is in my personal “high well” and “high competency” quadrant, so I’m going to be a bit biased for sure.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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