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What To Do When You Are In Over Your Head

In our last post, How To Tell When You Are In Over Your Head, we looked at 8 signs that you might be in over your head in a job or responsibility. In this article we will look at what to do if you find yourself in this predicament. Here are 7 practical tips for... Continue Reading

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20 Bad Boss Attributes And How To Avoid Them Part II

In last week’s post we continued our discussion on bad bosses by listing 10 qualities effective leaders, managers and supervisors of people try to avoid, and suggestions on what you can do if you discover this is one of your tendencies. In this article we look at the remaining 10. 10 More Attributes Good Bosses... Continue Reading

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Steve Jobs 3-Point Formula For Leading Effective Meetings

Various management studies concur that most organizations and businesses chronically suffer from too many meetings and not enough time to get work done. There is just not enough time in the day to fit it all in. Harvard Review and Inc., among other publications, reported that management is increasingly buried in meetings. The reasons are... Continue Reading

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The Value Of Deep And Wide Thinking

Several years ago, my Leadership Coach and mentor remarked, “Jim, you are a 10 deep and a 10 wide.” Caught somewhat by surprise I asked him to unpack that further for me. He went on to say that I had the ability to think both deeply and broadly, to see both in detail as well... Continue Reading

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Why Religious Leaders Abuse Their Power

As I stated in my last post, 5 Effects Powerful Leaders Are Blind To, cult status hierarchal religious leaders have and will abuse their power. It’s a given. It can be a by-product of their theology, personality, character, experience, or philosophy of leadership. But mostly it is a by-product of any hierarchal system, religious or... Continue Reading

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The Power Of The Minimum Allocation Of Resources Principle

Recently we wrote about The Power of Abundance Mentality and The Power of Scarcity Mentality. In this article we will examine the power of a minimum allocation of resources. The Minimum Allocation of Resources Principle is an approach to resource management that every effective and efficient manager understands. The principle suggests that the minimum number... Continue Reading

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How To And Not To Support People In Pain

In the movie Regarding Henry the Harrison Ford character is a successful attorney in a prominent New York law firm. Tragically he is shot in an armed robbery leaving him unable to talk or walk. After months of physical therapy, he returns to work and his colleagues don’t know how to relate to him when... Continue Reading

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Is Christianity An Adolescent Religion?

Eastern Religions and Eastern expressions of Christianity have been known to refer to Western Christianity, especially Christian Evangelicals, as an adolescent religion. When I initially read this I had feelings of righteous indignation well up inside me, but upon closer examination of the evidence used to support their claim I came to better understand that... Continue Reading

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The Prospect Theory And Why It Is Important In Leading Church Change

How do members actually think about major changes in the church? The “prospect theory” from behavioral economics can provide some insights. The prospect theory argues that most individuals do not weigh decisions objectively, rather, they are influenced by whether they think they have something to gain or something to lose. For instance, in a classic... Continue Reading

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The Two Disappointments Goals Oriented People Must Prepare For

Goal setting and the pursuit of goals is generally perceived as positive activities for any person or organization wishing to accomplish meaningful results. What is rarely acknowledged is the two disappointments that accompany the pursuit of goals. One of the two disappointments is that of failing to reach a goal. The other is when one... Continue Reading

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Jim Baker

Jim is a Church Organizational Leadership and Management Coach, Consultant and Trainer. Throughout his career Jim has demonstrated a passion for showing Pastors and Ministers how to use organizational tools for church and personal growth and health.

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“For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ.” Colossians 2:5