Leadership

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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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

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…
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3 Reasons Goals Fail and How To Avoid Them

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…
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Ask God These 3 Goal Questions

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…
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Ready for 2020? One thing every goal needs

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…
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Do You Lead from the Middle? Find 4 Helpful Ideas

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.…
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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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Caught in Reverse Delegation

You thought you were clear … but the message didn’t land >> you know because what you delegated didn’t happen and now you’re scrambling to get it done. When leaders ‘take things back on’ it’s time to STOP and take notice. It’s ‘delegation in reverse’ and remember if your car is in reverse >> guess…
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