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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 you to consider. 7 Tips... Continue Reading

How To Tell When You Are in Over Your Head

Chances are that at some point in your career you will be in a job or assume a responsibility in which you find yourself in over your head. I know, it happened to me in my very first job. I was barely 16, had recently gotten my driver’s license and was hired for the summer to park cars in a... Continue Reading

How To Increase Your Network

In our last article, “Why Your Network Is Your Networth” we showed why knowing how to network strategically is an incredibly powerful career and relational tool. In this article we will share some proven ways to improve your networking skills. I am a true believer of how when we let go and let God then the right people “happen to... Continue Reading

Why Your Network Is Your Net Worth

In most coaching, teaching and mentoring opportunities at some point I get asked what advice I would give to a young or aspiring minister. My response goes something like this. “To move forward in your ministry career, you must prioritize your ongoing development in four areas: spiritual, emotional, professional and relational.” I then take a few minutes to unpack some... Continue Reading

11 Ways To Move Groups Into Greater Trust

Too many teams, small groups, and staffs fail to meet each other’s needs or reach their peak effectiveness due to a lack of trust. In their book The Courage Way, Shelly Francis and the Center for Courage and Renewal share ideas about creating spaces of greater trust among people of different backgrounds, perspectives and/or beliefs. They have identified eleven “touchstones”... Continue Reading

The Challenge Of Context Switching – Mastering the Art of Focus

Context switching is a silent killer of focus, accuracy and productivity. What is context switching? Context switching is constantly moving from one task to another. It is rapidly changing the context of your focus. The term arose in computer science, but it is applicable to human behavior as well. In this article we’ll show you the true dangers of a... Continue Reading

The Power Of Scarcity Mentality

In the article, The Power of Abundance Mentality, we examined how an abundance mindset is a prerequisite for visionary leadership. In this article we will look at how a scarcity mindset is an essential trait of effective and efficient management. Scarcity mentality is the opposite of an abundance mentality. Scarcity is typically viewed as a negative trait. It is associated... Continue Reading

The Power Of Abundance Mentality

In our last article, we showed how the Stone Soup Fable offers a contrast between abundance and scarcity mentality. In this and coming articles we will explore the difference between abundance and scarcity mentality and how they both are necessary mindsets for leaders and managers. We will show how abundance mentality is a powerful attribute for effective leadership. Without it... Continue Reading

Leadership Lessons From The Stone Soup Fable

There are many variations on the Stone Soup Fable, but they all involve a kindly traveler coming into a town beset by severe famine. The inhabitants try to discourage the traveler from staying, fearing he wants them to give him food. They emphatically tell him that there’s no food anywhere to be found and that he should be moving on.... Continue Reading

Do I Stay Or Do I Leave?

One of the most difficult questions that almost all church leaders face at one time or another is whether to stay in their current position or leave. Beyond fervent prayer and sensing a clear understanding of God’s will, we look for concrete signs to provide guidance. But what are those signs? They can differ for each person and each circumstance... Continue Reading

When You Are Undervalued

I recently read of an accomplished violinist who conducted his own informal social experiment. He began by playing for 45 minutes on the New York subway leaving his violin case open for donations. During that time four people stopped to listen and one clapped and he managed to raise 20 dollars. The following night the same violinist played to a... Continue Reading

How To Set Boundaries With Harmful People And Boundary Violators

It isn’t easy to set boundaries with people who you find toxic, unhealthy and personally harmful. It’s even more difficult to set boundaries for people who routinely plow through the boundaries you set. Yet these types of people are in the lives of every church leader and when you do set effective boundaries it can make a huge difference in... Continue Reading