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Posts by Annie Perdue Olson

3 R’s In Ministry Overwhelm

What keeps you circling in overwhelm? You probably have more to do than what you can accomplish. You get sucked into the black hole of overwhelming to-do lists. How do you sort it through and get to the God-thing over the good-thing? It helps to use the Eisenhower Decision Matrix. We get caught by putting…

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Can Your Team Make Magic?

My heart sank when I read this quote. “I have no question that a team can generate magic. But don’t count on it.” ~ J. Richard Hackman I have such optimism for teams to work better together. I even put it in the name of my business: Leading Better Together. I think my heart sank…

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Start the New Job Right

In ministry, or any organization for that matter, we make significant investments when hiring leaders. Yet, multiple studies show that 40% to 50% of newly appointed leaders fail in their first 18 months. Reasons cited for why new leaders fail are: Failure to build strong relationships Lack of clarity regarding expectations Not focusing on the…

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Stop Circling in Your Decisions

Is decision making causing you to circle the SAME mountains over and over again? Leading in ministry means we often make group decisions with teams, boards, volunteers, or members. These kinds of decision-making processes can be the toughest to manage. Frequent opportunities to get stuck along the way to deciding! A few reasons for circling…

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Secrets to Engaging Volunteers

Ever had an energizing volunteer experience? One that fueled your passion. One that challenged you to become a better person. One filled with meaning and significance. What made that experience powerful? Research shows that for volunteers, the secret is doing something that they love with people they like.\ What they love… What does that volunteer…

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Follow the Clues to Authentic Decisions

We live in a world that pops from decision to decision. Did you know human beings make about 35,000 decisions in a day? How is it possible to be thoughtful on every decision? It is not. How do we know which ones matter most? By following the clues. The thoughts and emotions inside of us…

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They Expect Solutions!

People come to you with problems and expect you to have answers — and sometimes you don’t. But even when you do – should you offer the solution? For quick decisions that have low impact >> that’s usually the right move. When the solutions are not clear and the impact crosses over multiple people or…

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Reframe Your Dreaded Conversation

Did you know that of all the tough conversations you will have as a ministry leader, giving and receiving feedback is reported as the MOST DIFFICULT?! It is a complicated process and we can all benefit from learning the skills to deliver feedback well. But, before we go there, let’s explore a framework to understand…

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Another Meeting? Are You Kidding!?!

Another meeting? Are you kidding me?!?! «« You have someone on your team that hates meetings — and it might be you! Ministry culture seems to be filled with meetings. We go from meeting to meeting each adding to our to-do list. We take our to-do list home, because it still must get done. It’s…

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Be Brilliant at Work

Loving what we do is a powerful force. It inspires creativity. It compels commitment. It creates resilience in the face of obstacles. Yet, many people are frustrated in their work, losing energy, and starting to look around. According to Gallup’s survey in 2017 only 33% of employees are engaged in their work and 42% say…

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