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Communicators that Think Strategically: It’s all about the big picture

Strategic Thinkers notice patterns and trends in information. They see how everything fits together and quickly analyze options for taking action. Every action they take is an integral part of a greater plan with a bigger goal, because they always have the future in mind. For them, words are chosen carefully to express the results…
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Communicators that Build Bridges: It’s all about moving forward together

Bridge Builders see connections between different ideas or concepts. As they explore connections they attach meaning and significance to what they notice. The possibilities take shape in their mind and they bring them to life first with words and then in tangible realities. For them, words are meant to communicate vision, ideas and possibilities. They…
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Communicators that Solve Problems: It’s all about solutions and results

Problems Solvers attach credibility to tangible-real world information that they can analyze and sort to move their way toward results. They see problems quickly and are ready to sift through the details and advise on what needs to be done. For them, words are meant to communicate substance and action. Flowery language doesn’t come easy…
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You Thought You Were Clear: 4 Different Ways to Communicate

Have you ever experienced frustration with personalities different from your own that make it harder to collaborate on goals for a project, be effective as a team or make progress towards the broader mission? Working together is necessary, but not easy. Leaders advocate for a certain idea or concept, only to find out that others…
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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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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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3 R’s In Ministry Overwhelm

What keeps you circling in overwhelm? You probably have more to do than what you can accomplish. You get sucked into the black hole of overwhelming to-do lists. How do you sort it through and get to the God-thing over the good-thing? It helps to use the Eisenhower Decision Matrix. We get caught by putting…
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Can Your Team Make Magic?

My heart sank when I read this quote. “I have no question that a team can generate magic. But don’t count on it.” ~ J. Richard Hackman I have such optimism for teams to work better together. I even put it in the name of my business: Leading Better Together. I think my heart sank…
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Stop Circling in Your Decisions

Is decision making causing you to circle the SAME mountains over and over again? Leading in ministry means we often make group decisions with teams, boards, volunteers, or members. These kinds of decision-making processes can be the toughest to manage. Frequent opportunities to get stuck along the way to deciding! A few reasons for circling…
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They Expect Solutions!

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…
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