Published: 2 months ago

First

Last weekend our church launched a new initiative called First, a two-year journey that will challenge us to put Jesus first in our time, talents, and resources. As a part of the kickoff, our creative team put together a 12 minute look back / look …

Published: 3 months ago

“What Do You Think?”

As a leader, it can be a temptation to be the loudest voice in the room. If you lead a team, they may even think that you have that right. But being the loudest voice…the most frequent voice…or even the only voice can have …

Published: 4 months ago

Leading Through The Fog

There are moments when our leadership gets murky. The reasons for this are endless: maybe you can’t see a clear path forward. Perhaps your plate is full with other responsibilities. It could be that your heart isn’t in a particular project, you’re conflicted over …

Published: 6 months ago

You Need To Be More Pushy

“Pushy” isn’t an adjective we normally embrace. Pushy people are to be avoided, not cultivated. But there’s a scenario where “pushy” works to the advantage of both the pusher and the pushee (yes, you can get pushy with a pushee). Chip and Dan Heath …

Published: 6 months ago

Are You A “Yes If” or “No Because” Leader?

I recently finished reading the delightful biography of Marty Sklar, the equally-delightful Disney Legend who served as an Imagineer for an astonishing 50 year career. He joined the Disneyland team in 1955, which means he personally worked for the man himself for more than …

Published: 8 months ago

Until They See It…

As a leader, you have certain standards that you want your team to uphold. You train on those standards. You give feedback based on those standards. You reward behavior and rework hiccups…all centered around those standards. But how do you lead your team in …

Published: 9 months ago

Are Your Processes Predictable?

I get a random newspaper delivered to my driveway…well…randomly.  There’s no apparent rhyme or reason. It doesn’t come on a particular day of the week, nor does it come every week. There are mornings I will be driving out of my neighborhood and notice …

Published: 10 months ago

Preparation vs. Payoff

I re-read this story in my quiet time recently. It’s always been one of my favorites, but this time I saw something I’ve never noticed before: Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband …

Published: 10 months ago

Where Are You Taking Your Team?

As I type, I’m away from home at a conference. In a couple of days my wife is going to join me for a quick getaway in a city we both love. Because of my conference schedule, I’m not able to meet Merriem at …

Published: 1 year 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 …

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