Category: Leadership

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 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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...