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

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…
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Can Your Team Make Magic?

By Annie Perdue Olson | July 8, 2019 |

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…

Start the New Job Right

By Annie Perdue Olson | July 1, 2019 |

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…

Stop Circling in Your Decisions

By Annie Perdue Olson | June 24, 2019 |

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…

Secrets to Engaging Volunteers

By Annie Perdue Olson | June 3, 2019 |

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…

Follow the Clues to Authentic Decisions

By Annie Perdue Olson | May 28, 2019 |

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…

They Expect Solutions!

By Annie Perdue Olson | May 21, 2019 |

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…