Leadership

3 Things Confidence is NOT

In times of crisis, people need a confident leader. However, what if all this uncertainty has shaken the foundation you were standing on? You may not feel very confident anymore. In fact, you’re wondering if you have what it takes to do this! If this is how you feel today, maybe you’ve got an incomplete…
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Three Keys to Unlock Confidence in Crisis

In crisis we are not likely to say, “Now is the right time to build confidence.” We tend to believe a crisis is when our confidence will be shaken. It is difficult to find our footing, let alone be confident of where we stand. But, I would like to propose that crisis is the perfect time…
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10 Ideas for Celebrating in Hardship

Many months ago in a Sunday service, my pastor said, “What we celebrate, we accelerate.” It was energizing to me then as I was working to launch some new ideas and I responded with a resounding, “YES!”  What about when you are not in the mood to celebrate? What about when everything that had  been…
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10 Quick Ideas to Encourage Your People

You know those on your team could use a little “pick-me-up”, but you already have a full plate of things to do, decisions to be made and the host of emails in that inbox. Everything has changed and there really isn’t a way to get ahead of it. We are all simply wading through it…
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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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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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