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Take Feedback Into Your Own Hands

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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Communicators that Think Strategically: It’s all about the big picture

By Annie Perdue Olson | November 20, 2019 |

Strategic Thinkers notice patterns and trends in information. They see how everything fits together and quickly analyze options for taking action. Every action they take is an integral part of a greater plan with a bigger goal, because they always have the future in mind. For them, words are chosen carefully to express the results…

Communicators that Build Bridges: It’s all about moving forward together

By Annie Perdue Olson | November 13, 2019 |

Bridge Builders see connections between different ideas or concepts. As they explore connections they attach meaning and significance to what they notice. The possibilities take shape in their mind and they bring them to life first with words and then in tangible realities. For them, words are meant to communicate vision, ideas and possibilities. They…

Communicators that Solve Problems: It’s all about solutions and results

By Annie Perdue Olson | November 6, 2019 |

Problems Solvers attach credibility to tangible-real world information that they can analyze and sort to move their way toward results. They see problems quickly and are ready to sift through the details and advise on what needs to be done. For them, words are meant to communicate substance and action. Flowery language doesn’t come easy…

You Thought You Were Clear: 4 Different Ways to Communicate

By Annie Perdue Olson | October 30, 2019 |

Have you ever experienced frustration with personalities different from your own that make it harder to collaborate on goals for a project, be effective as a team or make progress towards the broader mission? Working together is necessary, but not easy. Leaders advocate for a certain idea or concept, only to find out that others…

Do You Lead from the Middle? Find 4 Helpful Ideas

By Annie Perdue Olson | October 10, 2019 |

It’s no secret that leadership is hard. Getting caught in the middle is a reality ministry leaders face because of the many roles and variety of people involved in and impacted by their ministry. Executive Directors or pastors lead from the middle of a circle as they work with Boards, stakeholders, staff and ministry teams.…

Are You Burned Out?

By Annie Perdue Olson | October 2, 2019 |

Ministry is hard work. The needs are plenty >> more than can be met with the resources available and the time we can devote. Navigating people dynamics and the complexities of relationships is challenging. These struggles can make each of us question our calling. Many surveys have been offered to help us understand the dilemma…