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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

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

Five learnings about leading in a time of constant change

Five learnings about leading in a time of constant change

Our Certschool students walk through the 6-step change process found in the book, Surface to Soul. In addition, they read John Kotter’s article describing the 8 reasons why transformation efforts fail. Collectively, we review the learnings found in the book, Switch, by Dan and Chip Heath, and then discuss Ron Heifetz’s work on adaptive change. I’ve added

8 GROUND  RULES FOR MEETINGS

8 GROUND RULES FOR MEETINGS

The majority of people I know seem to dread going to meetings. They will complain about the meetings starting late and ending even later, having to listen to two people dominate the discussion, and the general lack of clarity about what is to be accomplished during these times together. I’ve noticed that most people seem

Changing our team conversations

Changing our team conversations

Ministry teams can easily become stuck by spending their time on things that don’t really matter.  I often refer to Anthony Robinson’s book, Changing the Conversation, during training sessions, reminding teams to pay closer attention what they’re discussing when they spend time together. Listed below are topics you may wish to include at one or

BUILD TRUST IN TEAMS

BUILD TRUST IN TEAMS

Trust is the foundation for all healthy relationships and is an essential component found in all healthy teams.  Trust is the belief that those on whom we depend will meet our expectations. Trust assumes that others will not deliberately hurt us or take advantage of our reliance on them. Our trust in others is not

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR TEAM

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR TEAM

Team members need to take responsibility for ensuring the success of the team.  This requires team members to be positive and proactive. Listed below are some questions I often ask when serving on a team.  These questions help me do my best work, help me discern if I’m a good fit and help me explore

CREATE A TEAM COVENANT

CREATE A TEAM COVENANT

Vibrant Faith Ministries has a ritual of regularly recites our mission statement and the following covenant at our weekly meetings. This 60 second agenda item reminds team members how we intend to treat one another as we fulfill our mission. It provides a foundation for describing what is appropriate behavior and what isn’t, giving members

THE WISDOM OF TEAMS

THE WISDOM OF TEAMS

A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and an approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. What’s your definition a team and how do you ensure that they’re effective? When churches ask for assistance in launching teams. I usually ask them