Growth

Practicing Empathy in the Heat of the Moment

Mothers and daughters often don’t see eye to eye. Last week, I had one of those not so fun mother-daughter interactions with my nine year old. She was getting emotional and so was I. However, her emotions were falling out all over the place and mine were tightly held inside.  I completely disregarded her emotions…
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12 Minutes from Chaos to Clarity

When faced with the unexpected, whether it’s good, bad or neutral, we inevitably experience some upheaval in order to accommodate what we didn’t expect. What if I told you that by investing 12 minutes you could significantly reduce the confusion and chaos of the unexpected?  We admire the leader who can manage what comes their…
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Get the Most Out of Assessments

Have you ever felt stuck in your career and wondering if you will ever find a fit? Is there a  person on your team that just doesn’t get it no matter how you try to say it? Have you been trying to mentor that new hire, but noticing a disconnect between how you are teaching…
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So, You’re Looking For A Mentor

Great leaders have personal growth plans. No matter how seasoned of a leader you are, we all have potential for growth. Someone out there is further along. Someone out there has experience to add to your thinking. Someone out there has questions you haven’t even thought to ask.  Mentors are all around us. Who makes…
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Can Mentorship be Reciprocal?

We have heard that it is better to give than to receive. The beauty of reciprocity is that when it comes to mentoring both giving and receiving can co-exist. Mentoring, however, is not on the “radar screen” for everybody. It may be easier to put mentoring to the side because of the energy and effort…
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Ten Suggestions to Sustain your Stamina

It takes a whole lot of stamina to sustain through a crisis. If you are a leader, you might be getting weary. At least if this was a marathon we would know we are at mile marker 21 and we only have 5 more to go. There isn’t an end in sight, in fact, everything…
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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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Are You Burned Out?

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…
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Four Confidence Building Strategies

You’re a ministry leader. People are at the heart of your job. Your job is to get the ministry done through others >> your staff and volunteers. What if they lack confidence? People often don’t believe in themselves. They are timid to act. Maybe they hesitate because they’re just unsure. They limit the potential of…
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Smooth Rough Leadership Edges

Every ministry leader has some rough edges. Isolation, fear, or insecurity will keep those rough edges sharp. The alternative >> engaging people, tackling complexities, and navigating confusing dynamics. But it is messy when sharp edges collide. Tough situations smooth rough edges. Relationships shine a spotlight on our flaws. It’s necessary we face these (maybe even…
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