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Five Ways to Find Clarity

We often confuse clarity with decisiveness. Everyone expects a leader to be decisive especially in a crisis. “Tell us what to do.” When you do, you get: “No. We can’t do that.” Your people ask for a decision, and sometimes that’s what they need. More often, though, they are looking for clarity. But even for…
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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…

Reframe Your Dreaded Conversation

By Annie Perdue Olson | May 15, 2019 |

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…

Another Meeting? Are You Kidding!?!

By Annie Perdue Olson | May 8, 2019 |

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…

Be Brilliant at Work

By Annie Perdue Olson | April 30, 2019 |

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…

How much is conflict costing you?

By Annie Perdue Olson | April 24, 2019 |

Oh, how we like to avoid this topic. Especially in churches and faith-based organizations where we would like to believe conflict doesn’t happen. However, people are people everywhere. Feelings get hurt. People say things they don’t mean. Expectations are left unmet. Miscommunication creates confusion. In all these situations conflict happens – either under the surface…

What’s Your Leadership Advantage?

By Annie Perdue Olson | April 17, 2019 |

Self-awareness gives you a leadership advantage. You see your potential pitfalls before you fall in. You can partner with people to compliment your strengths. You can align what you do with who you are and who God created you to be. Self-awareness is not a once and done kind of thing. Instead it is an…