In crisis we are not likely to say, “Now is the right time to build confidence.” We tend to believe a crisis is when our confidence will be shaken. It is difficult to find our footing, let alone be confident of where we stand. But, I would like to propose that crisis is the perfect time…

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In times of uncertainty, things like change, conflict, setting expectations, role clarity or any number of challenges leaders of teams might face are top of mind. Yet, embedded in each of these challenges is our struggle to communicate in ways that connect to our “audience” so they “get it” and can respond quickly. We could…

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It takes a whole lot of stamina to sustain through a crisis. If you are a leader, you might be getting weary. At least if this was a marathon we would know we are at mile marker 21 and we only have 5 more to go. There isn’t an end in sight, in fact, everything…

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Many months ago in a Sunday service, my pastor said, “What we celebrate, we accelerate.” It was energizing to me then as I was working to launch some new ideas and I responded with a resounding, “YES!”  What about when you are not in the mood to celebrate? What about when everything that had  been…

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You know those on your team could use a little “pick-me-up”, but you already have a full plate of things to do, decisions to be made and the host of emails in that inbox. Everything has changed and there really isn’t a way to get ahead of it. We are all simply wading through it…

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Avoiding feedback does not mean that perceptions are not there; it just means that you don’t get to hear what people think of you. People have their opinions about you already; soliciting their feedback merely gives you the chance to hear what they think, so you can choose whether you want to do something about…

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Feedback is a necessary ingredient to our growth. Think trail mix. I like nuts and chocolate, but hate raisins. If I want to get the most out of my trail mix, I will need to pick through it. Feedback delivered poorly, in the wrong context or at the wrong time mixes in some unwanted ingredients.…

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The party was on! Time to appreciate our ministry volunteers. We had invited 1200 volunteers and 800 came to this special night of dinner and fun. The team had really outdone themselves and everything was amazing. My job >> writing and directing the program. Every person played their part perfectly. We bragged on our volunteers…

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Feedback has a bad rap. We avoid it. Get defensive because of it. Dismiss it. Over-focus on minutiae. This is especially true in Christian ministry, where we will often avoid the more difficult aspects of feedback in favor of what we perceive as “peace.” At the end of the day, people want to know where…

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Every leader in ministry will face obstacles in the pursuit of their goals. Circumstances will shift. Mistakes will be made. Your confidence in the ability to achieve what you set out to do will be challenged. You may doubt that you even started. You may start whittling away at the big goal to make it…

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