How to Turn Water into Wine
By turning water into wine, we do not mean the chemistry of making wine or the biblical miracle of Jesus. Water and wine as used here are metaphoric. Turning your water into wine otherwise means turning or developing your observations into innovations. Those things you have observed in your environment, those problems in your workplace, these are the waters around you. You can turn them into wine, by innovation.
What is in your hand?
Some of us see problems daily and just complain about them. We complain about our employees, our company Boss, our Church Pastor or Priest, the poor educational system, the lack of fund, the corrupt government, the lack of meaningful employment around us, and all that. As if there is nothing we can do? In Exodus 4:20, God asked Moses: What do you have in your hand? For Moses, it was just his shepherd rod, but it is not so for God because, for Him, it was a rod of miracles. In John 6: 5-12, Jesus asked the disciples: Do you have anything instrument for these people? Then with a handful of loaves and fishes, thousands were fed. In the face of our problems and complains, is there nothing we can do? What do you have in your hand? We can discover that through observation and then utilize through innovation.
Everyone leader should be an innovator. Every progressive organization desire to be innovative. It does not matter which group it is – from Church to school to companies or government agencies, etc. Not to be innovative means to be stocked with the old way and apparently, in this 21st century, it means to be left behind. on a personal level, it means to remain with your complains and limitations. As the year keeps going, what every progressive firm should be thinking is: how do we become more innovative than we were the previous year. What are the new ways we could present our old stuff? How do we turn our water into wine? Do we keep giving excuses that our wine has finished and nothing can be done about it? Every leader should think from the point of view of innovation.
To be innovative requires taking a risk that most people wouldn’t want to take. It may require coming out of your comfort zone, putting in extra work time, taking on extra lessons and attending more conferences. Often we just are too close to the situation to see the opportunities. We should rather possess the desire to research, even the miyutest things in our community and see how we can improve or obliterate them.
Every leader must possess this quality, so as to make relevant his duties as s leader. Every student should do the same do that he/she can always contextualize the classroom work into real-life experiences that will of greater advantage to his community. Some people are sitting on diamonds but have failed to recognize it because they do not possess this eye of inquiry of cultural anthropologists.
The cultural anthologists’ toolkits contain the following observational tools which help them to find meaning in things and to see things when others do not see them:
Conduct Observational Research:
As a leader in a firm or business, you need to go out and watch your customers and employees. You are made in charge not just to sit back and get feedback, it’s also good to go and see things yourself. Find their pain points. The same applies to churches. A pastor should go and seek out his flock. Understand their questions and predicaments. It is this understanding that will make your hermeneutics very relevant to them. As a student, you have to open your eye and see how much your classwork can be relevant to society. See out the problem in your society and think of how your education can alleviate that problem. The essence of education is not to reproduce the lecturer’s note in the exam hall, rather, to solve the problems of mankind beginning from your immediate environment.
Evaluate the data at hand:
In the business sector, customers connect to the firm through calls, emails, social media and all other avenues. Seek out their likes and dislikes and see how you can bridge the gap. In the school, it is good for the school administration to seek out student’s option over lectures, their curriculum and other activities in the school. These are data that can improve an organization. As a student, it is good to evaluate the information you have gathered from your observation. See for answers in areas where you have questions.
Capture the moment:
As you listen and synthesis your evaluations, note them down. Journaling is a very important habit for success and it helps you keep track of your process and areas of greater need. Where you need to take a picture or video, do it and save them. Along the line, you will have need of them. When you attend conferences and seminar, take notes, you will need them later.
Evaluate your culture:
As important as branding is, it is equally important that the culture is in sync with that message. You have to evaluate your culture, environment and understand how compatible your innovation will be to the culture. If it is something that you can change to better your culture or if it is soothing that will make your culture lose its unique identity.
Ready for the outcome:
Generally, it is not easy for people to accept change. It is the same way with innovation. Some people will resist the idea, not because it is a bad idea, but just because it is coming from you. Tus, every leader who wants to be innovative must be ready to receive criticism from people. However, with consistency, the change will be accepted. It is only a coward who will throw any his/her innovative ideas because of fear of people’s criticisms. There is nothing to fear, for.
The steps are pretty straightforward and perhaps obvious, but they require some skill to implement. It is an art and an act that has to be mastered. Turning water into wine is something every leader in all spheres of life must adopt and imbibe in leadership. By leaders, I mean positional and non-positional leaders. Innovation is one way of using our God-given creativity to work for the betterment of the community we live in.
You can turn water into wine through a meaningful observation and a bold innovation.