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5 Ways Leadership is Changing

5 Ways Leadership is Changing

  “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” This quote from Mike Tyson reminds me that leaders in this day and age must be  able know what to do when the unexpected arrives. How do we adjust? The past two decades have brought wave after wave of changes: from 9/11, Al

Words that define your church’s culture

Words that define your church’s culture

We get what we deserve when it comes to creating our church’s culture. Church’s culture doesn’t happen by accident. It’s created and reinforced by what you say and do on a regular basis. Culture is often described as the way we do things here just as Hewlett-Packard used to talk about theHP Way.  Viewing culture

7 WAYS  YOU SABOTAGE YOUR TEAM

7 WAYS YOU SABOTAGE YOUR TEAM

Leaders set the tone for an organization and model the way for their team members.  What impact are you having on your team? You may be inadvertently be sabotaging the efforts of your your  team when . . . You do not listen deeply to the the people you lead.  Do you know their hopes

Use journaling to clarify what matters

Use journaling to clarify what matters

Journaling helps me clarify my thinking, process my feelings, and make better decisions and remove the nonessentials from my life. I used to struggle with consistency until I made following changes: So here’s what I shared with her: Use a journaling template. That’s exactly what I’ve done with my journaling template. I have gone through several iterations,

8 tips to pass on to annual meeting presenters

8 tips to pass on to annual meeting presenters

Many churches are preparing for their annual meetings taking place the end of January. How might you make these events a time of celebration and a time for inspiring people about what’s next as your live into God’s intentions for your church? Start with helping every presenter become a storyteller, sharing tangible ways your church

When balls get dropped

When balls get dropped

For projects to move forward, every team member needs to do their part at the appropriate time. Unfortunately, balls often get dropped by one or more team members which often delays the entire project. How do we ensure that this doesn't become a common occurrence? I've found three  strategies that seemed to lesson these situations:
12 signs that your church is stuck

12 signs that your church is stuck

Transformational leaders don’t run when they see a need for change. They embrace it and demonstrate the courage needed to navigate the required change. They realize that change happens on a macro-level as well as a micro-level and that change almost ways leads to some level of conflict.  Some leaders have a tendency  to pretend

7 ways to turn criticism into constructive critique

7 ways to turn criticism into constructive critique

Effective leaders learn to provide timely, grace filled feedback that results in bringing out the best in their paid and volunteer team members. The challenge is to offer feedback that is well-received and enables people to act on it. Listed below are seven tips for turning criticism into constructive critique. Always request permission before you

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR TEAM

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR TEAM

Teams, not managers, need to decide what’s important to their engagement. They can do that by answering a handful of key questions. Top-down solutions may produce clarity, but they don’t inspire buy-in or practicality. Measuring employee engagement is essential for companies that want to perform at their peak. But let’s be clear about one thing: Measurement doesn’t cause engagement. Many companies use Gallup’s Q

BECOMING MORE NIMBLE & ADAPTIVE

BECOMING MORE NIMBLE & ADAPTIVE

Moving from mediocrity to excellence requires individuals and teams to be more nimble and adaptive. It necessitates involving people who are open-minded, naturally curious and are willing to initiate action without being asked to do so. Listed below are a few ways to become more agile as an individual, team and organization. Measure the value