Monday, December 5, 2022

Elaine Vitikainen

Elaine Vitikainen
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Elaine Vitikainen is a creative facilitator focusing on Organisational and Leadership Development, and Communication for Development based in Helsinki. Originally from the Philippines, Elaine has always been inspired to serve others. She started as a dentist volunteering among the mountain tribes before specialising in multilingual education and in leadership position in Cambodia with International Cooperation Cambodia. She moved to Laos with SIL International working across Asia facilitating change with local organisations. After 15 years in Asia, Elaine moved back to Finland in 2015 with her husband and two sons. She now works as a freelance consultant. Elaine believes passionately in the importance of integrating faith in professional life. You can find her at elainevitikainenconsultancy.com and spaceforgrace.net.

Motivating Others

We limit our thinking when we assume that staff are simply motivated by external rewards. Research reveals a different reality.

Recommitting to the Call

If you feel that this is the place God wants you to be at the moment, recommit yourself to your role and thank Him for being there for you. If not, ask God where He wants you to be.

Encouraging Words

Words are powerful. They can build up or tear down.

The Culture of Mistrust

Trust is such a fragile commodity. It can easily be broken even before it is built. Yet we know trust is the foundation for healthy organizational behavior.

The Culture of Mistrust

Trust is such a fragile commodity. It can easily be broken even before it is built. Yet we know trust is the foundation for healthy organizational behavior.

Leading from a Place of Rest

Like Jesus sat by the well, God is calling us to rest. Let us not be afraid of empty spaces but instead be thankful for those moments of rest.

God, the Giver of Strength

God-given strength is not solely for the purpose of fulfilling a task or even just to help us to be kind to one another.

Valuing Others

Simply by valuing others, we can open up lines of communication that we thought were closed.

Is Leadership Worth It?

Who on earth would choose to be a leader? It is such a tough calling. It rarely leads to fame or fortune. Over the years as a leader I’ve often wondered about the cost and whether it is all worth it.

Finding a Critical Friend

Leaders need people they can trust to give them honest feedback, however uncomfortable. Without such people, leaders will not see their blind spots. They will lose their humility. Their growth will be stunted.

Find Rest in God

There is a list of unending task that needs to be done. We get overwhelmed and stressed out. Sadly at times, our tiredness and irritability because of too much work pressure shows in how we deal with our daily lives.

Vision and Leader Development

I remember one leader admitting to me, “I would never want to work my way out of the job.” At the time, I was shocked. On reflection perhaps he was just being more honest than most of us dare. To create forward momentum we constantly need new people to step into greater responsibility. Cultivating leaders is critical.

Listening to God

God does not typically speak in an audible voice, but God is speaking to us. Will God’s voice be a background noise which competes with the noise around us?

Simple Kindness

Let’s spread more kindness this year, without expecting anything in return. This week let’s commit ourselves to a simple act of kindness each day at our workplace.

Rest for Our Souls

God offers rest, not just for our physical bodies but for our hearts as well. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” God is calling for our souls to rest.

Is Caring a Weakness in Leadership?

As Rick James once wrote, “Effective leadership is not simply about skills, qualifications, titles, positions or even responsibilities; it is actually about who we are and how we relate to God and to other people.“ What kind of leader are you?

Equipped for Others

“Will you equip yourself for yourself or for others?” This question challenged Rita so much that she took two years off work, went abroad, studied hard and returned to her hometown to equip others. That was 27 years ago.

Where Did I Put My Identity?

My identity as a child of God is unchanging and it is something that can’t be taken away from me. Being a child of God gives me hope for the future, whatever the future may bring.

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