Category: Leadership

Reveal the Ripple

In leadership, ripples matter. If a team member drops the ball on a project, the ripples will affect timelines and deadlines and other team members. If a volunteer is rude to a guest, the...

Make Your Training Go With the Flow

There’s an overly-simple trick to get more people show up for your volunteer training: Schedule it when they’re already there. Don’t try to convince someone to come out on a Tuesday night. Don’t ask...

Personal Power > Position Power

In Steve Robinson’s new book Covert Cows and Chick-fil-A, he recaps his 30+ years on the marketing team of one of America’s most beloved brands. The book is full of personal stories and behind-the-scenes...

Do Your Systems Make it to the Front Lines?

Tacticians, listen up. You know who you are. You live your life as a cubicle jockey, developing spreadsheets and master plans and mapped-out strategies to make your weekend services run smoothly. You have never...

Don’t Point Out the Mud…

…unless you’re willing to get your hands dirty. Often, the mark of a leader is that they see things others can’t see just yet. They notice how the present reality falls short of the...

Tie Their Hands High

Leaders are standard-setters. As a leader, you may be the one who directly sets the standard: you write the training manual, you set the expectations and dole out the consequences, you are the one...

Leaders, Get Rid of Your Confirmation Bias

You’re familiar with confirmation bias: it’s the tragic phenomenon that occurs “when people would like a certain idea/concept to be true, they end up believing it to be true.” And all of us engage...

First

Last weekend our church launched a new initiative calledĀ 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...

“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...

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...