This past weekend I read Jon Gordon's excellent book The Power of a Positive Team. In one section of the book, he lists some specific differences between being a team and being on a team. As you read through this excerpt evaluate your teams - family, workplace, organization, church, sports team - to see how … Continue reading Are You a Real Team?
So, what first came to your mind when you read this post's headline? You probably thought of a time when you or someone else was sick and spread a cold or the flu to other people - because you were contagious. But being contagious also works in a positive sense. Just as you can spread … Continue reading You Are Contagious!
Leading change in any organization is difficult. It presents many challenges, obstacles, and complexities that have to be skillfully navigated. It also unearths a plethora of opinions from the people in the organization, including many that stand in opposition to the change that is being proposed. So, how do leaders make sense of all these … Continue reading How to Filter Opinions
This important excerpt from Scott Sauls' book on leadership must be given serious consideration in our day and age. Haven't we seen enough to understand the limits and failure of human-defined leadership? We need a different standard. We need a higher form of leadership - the kind of leadership exhibited by Christ. Anything less is … Continue reading The Leadership We Need
Over the last several months, the elders and ministers of the congregation I serve have been involved in some deep, soul-searching conversations about the future of our church family and the effectiveness of our work and witness for the Kingdom of God. Those conversations led to the development of a 5-year vision that we rolled … Continue reading Courageous Leadership
Trepidation [trep-i-dey-shuhn] - tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; synonyms: apprehension, dismay, nervousness, uneasiness Since late last year I have been working on a project that is really big. Not only is it big, it is happening at a speed for which I was unprepared. So many times, I have said to myself, "I can't believe … Continue reading What Your Trepidation Might Be Telling You
It's Monday, and each of us will probably encounter some stress today. But not all stress is bad. In fact, some stress is good for us. Consider the following story from Scott Hamilton... Stress not only helps us get to the winner’s circle, but it also gives us the strength to stay there. In fact, … Continue reading Stressed?
I'm a fan of Jon Gordon's leadership books and videos, and Jon is a big promoter of choosing one word at the beginning of the year that focuses all your efforts in the same direction. He writes, "A powerful and practical way to live with purpose throughout the year is to pick a word for … Continue reading What’s Your One Word for 2018?
Now that Christmas is over and 2018 is just around the corner, many of us are making plans, evaluating our lifestyles, and assessing changes we want to make for and in the new year. We want it to be our best year ever and if we'll take the following two steps it can be: Choose … Continue reading How to Have Your Best Year Ever
Tomorrow I will be a guest speaker in a homiletics class at Oklahoma Christian University. The professor emailed some questions he would like for me to address, and I thought I would write out my answers here on my blog as a way of helping me prepare for the class with the bonus of also … Continue reading An Inside Look at Preaching