As part of Lifework Leadership, there is an annual Iron Chef competition. The cook-off requires program participants to separate into groups and compete against each other for the prize of Iron Chef. Groups are created at random by drawing. Afterward, the host presents the groups with the main ingredients and allows them a few minutes to discuss the dishes they’ll produce.
The timed competition gets pretty intense as we dice, cook, sear, and prepare dishes. During the race, we communicate and coordinate our efforts. Timing and teamwork are critical, as all the ingredients must come together at the right time. We also have to factor in the final plating when presenting to the judges.
“Times up.” said the host. Afterward, we confidently presented our very best to the judges. The judges sampled all the groups’ three-course meals and, in the end, elected us winners.
We were ecstatic to see our efforts rewarded. Looking back, it was because we each used our individual strengths and talents for the benefit of the team. Scripture teaches we all have a specific place in the body of Christ and to use our talents and gifts for His glory and the body of Christ.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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