Published: 1 week ago

What Are Your Leadership Labels?

As leaders, we tend to apply labels to those we lead:   Rock star. Lazy. Utility player. Unreliable.  Hot-tempered. Self-starter. Flaky.   Whether the labels are always true doesn’t really matter. If they are sometimes true or were once true in a make-or-break moment, those labels become all-too-easy to …

Published: 1 month ago

What It Takes To Be A Leader…

…is that you need to be a couple of steps ahead of those you’re leading. There’s more to leadership than that, of course. The “two steps ahead” rule is the super-simplified, stripped-down version of Leadership 101. There are other things that factor in there …

Published: 2 months ago

Who Is Pushing Your Buttons?

Life is too short to surround yourself with Yes Men. Yet, we all do it. We like to get in the echo chamber, line up the opinions that agree with our own, and re-validate every single belief that we hold so dear. How much …

Published: 3 months ago

Who’s Replacing You?

It’s not a question of if you’ll be replaced as much a question of when. You’ll eventually take another job. One day you’ll retire. You’ll accept a promotion, move to a new position, or tackle an entirely new profession. But why wait until you move out before …

Published: 4 months ago

Are You Guilty of a Leadership Eclipse?

Well of course this is an eclipse post. It’s August 21, 2017…the day when millions of Americans have gone eclipse-crazy. Sometime today (2:44:13 PM Eastern at the Summit offices), we’ll plunge into partial or complete darkness as the moon comes between the earth and the sun, …

Published: 5 months ago

Who’s Driving?

Driving is on my mind this week, because my third-born is behind the wheel of a driver’s ed car. Within a few weeks, State Farm will once again have all of my money, and when the Day Of The License finally arrives next spring, …

Published: 6 months ago

“We’ve Never Done It That Way Before.”

If you haven’t heard it yet, you will. Leaders face the tension of protecting the core values of the organization while progressing in new areas of innovation. And sometimes that progression can trigger the “We’ve never done it that way before” syndrome: We’ve never …

Published: 7 months ago

Drift

I’m not ashamed to say it: I’m not the biggest fan of the beach. Yes, yes, I know we’re entering vacation season and I live in a state that is attached to a beach and I’m married to a woman who is officially a Beach Person and …

Published: 7 months ago

Ten Questions You Should Ask (And Answer) This Summer

The downtime of summer is a great time for reflection. I’m not talking about that weird aluminum foil thing you use to catch the sun’s rays on the beach and tan under your chin(s). Nope, I mean the slightly slower pace that allows you …

Published: 8 months ago

Announcing the 2017 One-Day Workshops

In just three months, we’re bringing back our One-Day Workshops. During last year’s debut, nearly 100 leaders from 40+ churches took part in these practical training events. The response was beyond what we could have imagined, and two of the three dates sold out. …

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