Genesis Assist will be exhibiting at the AACC 2023 World Conference in Nashville, TN. Come by our booth and visit us! We are offering conference discounts on our services.
Genesis Assist will be exhibiting and presenting at the AACC 2021 World Conference.
With over 25 Professional, Clinical, and Academic Tracks, along with Pre-conference Workshops you don’t want to miss this event!
Join Genesis Assist leaders, as they present the workshop Private Practice Success in a Changing World which will cover best practices for starting and growing your private practice including digital tools and leveraging outcome measures to help your clients improve and help you earn more money for the work you do.
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Join us at the AACC 2020 Mega National Conference in Dallas Texas to learn more about how Genesis Assist can help you build your private practice.
With services like EHR & billing, Insurance Credentialing, and Consulting, Genesis Assist provides expert advice, tools, and community to help your private counseling practice succeed.
The World’s Premier Christian Counseling Event
Once again Genesis Assist is honored to be presenting at the world’s premier Christian counseling event, AACC 2019 World Conference.
With 25 Professional, Clinical, and Academic Tracks, along with Track Leaders and Coordinators, and Complete Pre-conference Workshop Schedule this event is one to not miss.
Join Genesis Assist’s Co- Founders, Steve and Dr. Tina Greer, as they share experienced and knowledgable insights on Private Practice 4.0 and Success in the Digital Age.
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“Financial Intelligence, A Manager’s Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean” by Karen Berman, Joe Knight, and John Case
“The 4 Disciplines of Execution” Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling
“Leaders Eat Last” Simon Sinek
“The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace” Chapman and White
“Creating Effective Teams” Susan Wheelan
“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” Patrick Lencioni
“Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” Patrick Lencioni
“The Ideal Team Player” Patrick Lencioni
“The Advantage” Patrick Lencioni
“Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership” McIntosh and Rima
“The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” John Maxwell
“Business for the Glory of God” Wayne Grudem
“The Peacemaker” Ken Sande
“Good to Great” Jim Collins
“The COACH Model for Christian Leaders” Keith Webb
“CO-Active Coaching”, House, Sindahl, and Whitworth
“The Coaching Habit” Michael Bungay Stanier
“Christian Coaching” Collins
“Servants of the Servant” Howell
“Being Leaders” Malphurs
A few of our Genesis team members had the privilege of attending and exhibiting at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention this year in Washington DC (August 2–6, 2017).
I was honored to meet Dr. Philip Zimbardo at the APA Convention. Dr. Zimbardo is a psychologist and a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He has served as the President of the APA. He is known for his 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment and has since authored many notable works, including The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil and his TED talk on The Psychology of Evil. More recently, he has written on heroism.
I remember learning of the landmark Stanford Prison Experiment in my earliest Introduction to Psychology course at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida in 1986. It is sobering to realize that any of us can fall prey to abuse of power. In my academic career, I continued to revisit the Stanford Prison Experiment as an MA, Ed.S, and Psy.D. student, as well as teach about it in multiple psychology courses. In all my receptions to this experiment, I was deeply stirred and sometimes in tears. An overview of the Stanford prison experiment can be found at http://www.prisonexp.org/ .
Dr. Zimbardo notes on his website that he was born during the Great Depression (1933) and grew up in the Bronx in poverty, where he witnessed the interplay of good and evil. This influenced his interest in the human condition, the primary subject matter of his career as a social psychologist.
One of my areas of specialty as a psychologist is trauma recovery, and specifically helping clients who were traumatized during childhood. I have had the privilege in my counseling career to journey with courageous souls in the healing process. I have also personally experienced healing in my own life.
God heals all human diseases (Psalm 103:3). That includes physical, mental, relational, psychological, spiritual, and those of the soul. God alone understands the mystery of good verses evil in our world, lives, and our very human nature. Only God is responsible for redemption of all pain. The primary passage that informs my trauma recovery work is Genesis 50:20,
“What was intended for evil, GOD has used for good and the saving of many people.”
By Trina Young Greer, Psy.D.
Genesis Counseling Center, Executive Director
- Excellence – Best-in-class delivery of services
- Teamwork – Togetherness, unity, how we operate
- Godly character – Uncompromising beliefs, actions and moral standards
- Transcendent – “Big Picture” thinking and acting – “Legacy” work
- Ownership – Taking responsibility and doing what is best for the organization
- Growth – Learner mindset
Leaders are Life Long Learners
In effective teams, leaders and members support each other and share the responsibility of success. Conversely, low functioning teams accredit themselves with success while attributing failure to leadership (Wheelan, 2013). Both of these scenarios involve a mindset that is either geared toward growth or remaining stagnant.
The effective team will embrace a growth mindset while the low functioning team will consign to a fixed mindset. When leaders of organizations are committed to the growth mindset, they cultivate a powerful culture of learning and ownership. In these healthy environments exists shared pain and shared gain. Let’s take a look at the game-changing features of the learner mindset!
Being a Learner
- Learners challenge the fixed mindset by embracing change. Change is a certainty of life and required for growth. Thriving organizations consistently identify areas where growth is needed and take action! Interestingly, organizational health often results in numerical growth. Personal growth happens when those with the learner mindset are not limited by their perceived lack of abilities, potential, challenges, frustrations, criticism from others, or the status quo. Try this: begin making your next life change with a more positive outlook by realizing that change is necessary for growth. You can believe that change makes us better!
- Learners ask open-ended questions to discover solutions rather than merely stating their opinions as facts. Try this: use what, when, and how questions, steering clear from questions which result in a simple “Yes” or “No” response.
- Learners seek input and feedback from others. Those with the growth mindset welcome and value the contributions from their team whereas those with the fixed mindset are easily offended by feedback or constructive criticism. Try this: invite others around you to offer feedback or challenges to your next decision and commit yourself not to becoming offended if you perceive the input as unhelpful.
Obstacles are Opportunities
Learners view failure and obstacles as opportunities for growth. We have the promise of hardship in this life and success is certain to come with many painful failures. As people of faith, we trust that God uses our suffering to bring growth, character development, and hope.
Failures are Partners in Success
When I was growing up, Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player on earth! I had this famous poster hanging on my wall:
Try this: View your next perceived failure as a partner in your success. Write down at least three positive takeaways from this painful experience and refer back to them when you need future encouragement. Fail forward!
Wisdom in Judgment
Learners refrain from being overly critical. We make judgment calls every day – from a simple decision to turn right on red to the more complex decisions like whether or not to place our aging parents in assisted living. Each day presents a series of choices to make quick, passing judgments or to intentionally decide to glean wisdom and insights from our experiences. Try this: take a quick self-assessment by asking yourself if you give new people that you meet an opportunity or do you quickly write them off? Do you focus on the strengths and potential of others or do you judge them as lazy, limited, and not very useful?
Guard Your Vocabulary
Learners guard their vocabulary. While some people are clearly more optimistic than others, optimism can be learned. I repeat, optimism can be learned! Negative thoughts can be taken captive and re-framed to a more positive thought or statement. Try this: avoid saying words like: “can’t, should, and I wish” and use no negative self-talk for one week. Begin challenging yourself to think and speak differently.
Lead as a Life-Long Learner
Bringing it all home: having a growth or learner mindset will expand your positive influence on others. If you are a leader, it is your responsibility to develop a healthy culture in your varying contexts. Leading as a life-long learner will set a powerful example for others to follow and will help develop a winning team! Always be willing to learn!
Wheelan, S. A. (2013). Creating effective teams: A guide for members and leaders. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
Article by: Cameron S. Ashworth, MA
Blog Post by: Sarah Warner, MS
The excellence we strive for here at Genesis is best-in-class delivery of service. But what exactly does excellence mean? How do you define excellence?
Ronnie Oldham, an Oklahoma Sales Representative, says, “Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.” Vince Lombardi quotes that “A person’s quality of life is in direct proportion of a person’s commitment to excellence, regardless of what field they may be in.”
But how does excellence differ from perfection? Perfection is often superficial, selfish or unrepeatable. Excellence is internal, contagious and a way of life. One of the key differences between excellence and perfectionism is that perfectionism focuses on the outcome, whereas excellence focuses on the process. According to Vince Lombardi, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”
Aristotle says that “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Some qualities of excellence to strive for are:
- What deeply moves you
- Compels you into action
- Passion touches, moves and inspires
- Is at the core of excellence
- “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23
- A willingness to “stick to it.”
- Uncompromising and unending support
- Drives and anchors us in challenging times
- Enables us to maintain a high degree of perseverance
- “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2
- Giving your best to the world while evoking others to do the same
- Understanding your purpose and mission
- Spiritual Gifts – I Corinthians 12
- When you have integrity, your word means something
- Words = Actions
- “Say only ‘yes’ if you mean ‘yes,’ and say only ‘no’ if you mean ‘no.’ If you must say more than ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ it is from the Evil One.” – Matthew 5:37
- “It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.” – Ecclesiastes 5:5
- Integrity is keeping your promise simply because, “Because I said I would…”
All good work serves God:
- Work well done and for God’s glory is Christian work
- We model Christ in the workplace when we perform our work so well and with a good attitude that we inspire others to seek God
- Our work is evangelism
- God is honored when our service is excellent
So, how can you demonstrate excellence?
- To your co-workers?
- To your clients?
- To your family?
Gordon, Jan. “Top 10 Qualities of Excellence.” 2002. http://qualitycoaching.com/Articles/excellence.html
Green, Holly. “Redefining Excellence for Today’s World.” 2012. Forbes. http://onforb.es/xm6UsB
Lombardi, Vince. http://www.vincelombardi.com/quotes.html.
Article Written by: Stephanie Bomar, MHR
Blog Post by: Sarah Warner, M.S.
Successful teams have many common qualities. Trust, healthy conflict, commitment, accountability and attention to results are some of these qualities, which we at Genesis believe are a strong foundation that makes us an excellent team.
Successful teams are trusting: Members of great teams trust each other on a fundamental and emotional level. There is comfort within the group to be vulnerable with each other and not afraid to express weaknesses.
Successful teams have healthy conflict: Members of great teams are not afraid to have challenging and passionate dialogue about issues or the performance of the team. Agreeing on all points or work processes is unrealistic and unnecessary. The goal of healthy conflict is to discover the truth, the best decision, and the best solution for the team; it is not about making a point or winning an argument! Healthy teams take the initiative to hold one another accountable.
Successful teams are committed: Members of great teams are committed to the company and to the success of the team. There is a sense of ownership and buy-in among strong teams.
Successful teams are accountable: Members of great teams are not afraid to humbly and gently hold one another accountable to excellent standards.
Successful teams are attentive to results: Members of great teams lay down their personal agendas to serve the best interests of the team.
Patrick Lencioni’s Ideal Team Player
Humble: more interested in others than self.
Hungry: willing to do what is necessary to get things done.
Smart: people-smart and able to adapt their behavior as needed.
So what do these virtues look like in action within a church? Here’s what I’ve seen:
Humble team players are willing to put the needs of the entire ministry over the needs of their individual ministries. They also give credit to God without ignoring or devaluing their gifts.
Hungry team players execute on plans without being pushed or reminded. They aren’t slowed by problems but challenged and motivated by them.
Smart team players understand how to engage others, empower them, and coach their effectiveness. They attract high-capacity volunteers because those people know they are valued and will be given the opportunities to use their gifts.
- Lencioni, P. (2005). Overcoming the five dysfunctions of a team. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Lencioni, Patrick. The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues: A Leadership Fable. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print
Article Written By: Cameron S. Ashworth, M.A.
Blog Post By: Sarah Warner, M.S.
“Ownership” can be defined as doing what is best for the organization.
“You are bigger than your defined role, and you are much more than your job title.” Play your part– transcend your job title, BE A HERO.
–Luke Bucklin from Sierra Bravo Corporation.
A person that is committed to what’s best for the organization looks out for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3-5 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”
Questions To Consider:
- How would our clients be better served if we all increased our level of Ownership? How would it benefit you?
- What advice would you give a new employee on how to embrace Ownership as one of our core values?
- What is one step you are willing to take to increase your Ownership?
Article Written By: Cameron S. Ashworth, M.A.