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Timely Feedback is a Difference Maker

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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Achieve Your Goals Against All Odds

By Annie Perdue Olson | January 29, 2020 |

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…

3 Reasons Goals Fail and How To Avoid Them

By Annie Perdue Olson | January 21, 2020 |

Goals are a destination, not a checklist!  Destination guides the journey, the timetable, the route you take >> therefore, goals guide mission priorities, action steps, and to-do lists. Align activity to what is important for your ministry on a weekly, monthly, quarterly basis. Without cascading your goals in this way a ministry will struggle getting…

Ask God These 3 Goal Questions

By Annie Perdue Olson | January 13, 2020 |

We want our goals to be God-infused. We pray. We plan. We discern. We invite wisdom. We write our goals.  However, it’s never a straight line to our goals. There will be setbacks, mistakes, unexpected events, new information, deeper insights, shifts in resources. All of these things keep our goals ever evolving! Use these three…

Ready for 2020? One thing every goal needs

By Annie Perdue Olson | January 7, 2020 |

Goal setting is no easy job >> especially in ministry when the needs are so great! Which goals are the right goals? What if they are too big and people think we’re crazy? What if we set goals, but fail to reach them? When you think about goals you may believe that … We can…

Get More From Your Communication: We are better together

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 23, 2019 |

It’s easier to work with people who are like us. They think like us. They talk like us. They finish what we say. The “get it” factor is high. We instinctively surround ourselves with people like us. Our frustration increases when people don’t get it. We have to repeat ourselves. We have to work harder…

Conflicted Communication: Why is this so hard?

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 18, 2019 |

Communication gets tricky as we navigate both the similarities and differences in the way people communicate. Everybody defines “good” communication differently. Unmet expectations and different goals can be a source of relationship tension and thwart our efforts to work together. We often assume people need the same thing in communication that we need. We offer…