Day 52 and the news  (like like the oil) just keeps coming. The BP oil disaster in the gulf is a business/life/youth ministry in the making. Let me offer some advice about handling leaks:

You may be leaking students, vision, or enthusiasm , and  these are just  few of the possible leaks you may be facing. Looking at the questions coming out of the gulf, it seems we can do a better job if we will

1. Admit there is a leak. Ignoring it will not make it go away.

2. Determine the extend of the leak. Can I handle it myself?

3. Take responsibility for the leak. Someone has to own it.

4 Partner with others. Find the people in your network who can hep you fix the leak. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

5. Be ready to answer a lot of questions. Who? What? Where? How? and When?

6. Over communicate about the leak. If there is a problem, do your best to over communicate the progress you are making and the solutions you are coming up with.

7. Have a strategy for these leaks to not occur again. Collaborate to solve problems. BP just put cameras underwater to watch these pipes 24/7. Do you have systems in place to watch for possible leaks?

Leaks are bound to happen, but how we handle them is equally as important as stopping the leak itself.

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