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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

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:
learnings about leadership

learnings about leadership

Just about every congregation I coach seeks to engage young adults in the life and ministry of the congregation.  So often, though, congregations sabotage their best efforts in doing so.  Listed below are 10 tips, shared by young adults, for engaging them more fully in mission and ministry. State the WHY before sharing the WHAT.

The power of less

The power of less

As I seek to “travel lighter,” I’ve become more aware of how I unnecessarily complicate my life and distract myself from “the vital few” that matter most. I’ve abandoned complex workouts, preferring to focus on just four daily exercises – walking 10,000 steps, doing pushups or bench presses, and performing crunches and lunges. The simpler

Preparing VS procrastinating

Preparing VS procrastinating

Coaching involves bringing out God’s best in people and the ministries they oversee. As leaders, we often sabotage our best intentions and fail to achieve our desired results. Three questions I often raise during coaching sessions when there has been less progress than I anticipated include: Are you living out of your commitments or your

Taking time to review, reflect and reimagine

Taking time to review, reflect and reimagine

In the process of interviewing pastors who have  recently retired or ended a call and I've discovered a pattern of regrets related to how they wish they would have spent their time, energy, resources and political capital. As you view this list, consider which comments resonate with you and your particular setting :    “I
Can your leaders answer these questions?

Can your leaders answer these questions?

Thinking strategically involves  asking the right questions at the right time.  When I begin a new coaching relationship with a congregation, I often ask pastors and other leaders to respond to these five questions: “Who are we?” This gets at the congregation’s DNA. Do the people of God within your congregation understand and embrace  its

13 questions leaders should be asking

13 questions leaders should be asking

Good questions lead to good conversations. If you want to improve your meetings, start asking better questions. Listed below are some of the questions I’ll be asking leaders in California this weekend: 1. What is our congregation known for in the community? What would we like it to be known for? 2. What are the

Is it time to look in the mirror?

Is it time to look in the mirror?

I was recently reminded  that when things don’t pan out as we had hoped, the first step may be to look in the mirror, asking ourselves what we  might have done to contribute to the unintended result.  I wonder how often we hold people back when we “encourage” our leaders in ways that are not

Timeless leadership truths

Timeless leadership truths

In the book, The Truth about Leadership, Barry Posner and James Kouzes share 1o truths about leadership.  I’ve found these truths or principles to be particularly helpful for congregational ministry.  The ten truths are below as well as two of my own truths. Please share which leadership truths you embrace . Are there other truths