Relationships

Navigating the Undercurrents of Change

“People don’t change when they are told to. They change when they’re inspired and motivated to.” ~Max Yoder, Do Better Work We can draw up plans. Lay out timelines. Designate the technical and financial resources needed to succeed. And still have change fail. That’s because change is more than the technical side, there is a…
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Does Camaraderie Imply Commonality?

What we have in common can be a powerful springboard to meaningful connections. It’s often easier to connect with people who are like us. Similar personality styles, similar values, similar life experiences, or similar interests. The list can go on. The more intersecting points the easier it can be to build camaraderie when we work…
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Camaraderie: “People Chemistry” At Work

Everybody needs friends. One of the most famous questions of the 12 posed by the Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement Survey is “I have a best friend at work.” Many challenged the question as irrelevant. Then, decades worth of research shows that employees with healthy social connections at work along with teams that possess a deep…
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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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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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What Is Influence To You?

The word influence is thrown around often in leadership. We know that great leaders are influencers. As ministry leaders, we are hungry to learn how to influence as we lead others in accomplishing mission, to influence with integrity, to influence in a way that leaves a legacy. But what does influence actually mean? And –…
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Secrets to Engaging Volunteers

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…
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How much is conflict costing you?

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…
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Coaching Solves Problems

Years in ministry and leadership has revealed to me the power of coaching! I used to think leadership was about giving people tools to lead change, offering methodologies, or creating plans. We are leaders. We have solutions. Right? While tools are necessary to solve problems, they may not always offer the best approach. When people…
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