Most leaders want to lead an innovative organization.
If you are like me, you don't necessarily have to be the first to do something new, but you don't want to be years behind either. As conservative as we might be, as long as we remain true to our core values, we still want to be "cutting edge" to some degree. We certainly don't want to be stuck in the last decade
I'll never forget in my first church when a very Christlike deacon pulled me aside and offer me some advice in leading a church. I had been a leader in the business world a long time, but this was new for me. He helped me in ways which are being realized even today in how I lead in the church.
Good communication is so important on a team. Equally important, if the team is to be healthy, is that everyone on the team has their thoughts and opinions heard.
I am a firm advocate that everyone on the team should have a vital role. It's why I write so much about delegation and empowerment. If a leader believes in someone enough to have them on the team then they should believe that person brings something unique and valuable to the team.
Almost nobody knows what's happening to the Christians of Nigeria - but even fewer care. Here's why we should.
In Nigeria, which is Africa's most populous country, Christians don't have time to worry about culture wars. They're too busy facing a real one instigated by their Muslim neighbors and by a government that has studiously decided to look the other way. The scope of the violence is so vast as to be almost beyond belief, so let me first give you a snapshot of what's happening on the gro
I recently received the following message from a pastor friend:
"I have a new full-time associate pastor starting next week. What suggestions would you give for getting such a person off to a great start?"
What a great question! I'm so glad someone is actually asking it.
Time is one of the greatest assets of any leader.
Learning to balance a leader's time effectively is often a key in determining the level of success the leader attains. In my experience, every leader has three critical segments where they must invest their time on a regular basis.
It also seems to me leaders tend to do one of these especially well, so by default they spend most of their time on that one - often to the neglect of the other two.
I am frequently contacted when someone is debating the right time to leave a leadership position. I once wrote 10 Scenarios to Determine If It's Time to Quit. It's still one of my more requested blog topics. Deciding when it is time to leave a leadership position is one of the hardest decisions a leader makes.
Thankfully, there are still leaders with a sense of loyalty, who want to do the right thing, and they simply do not know how or when they should leave. If you want to see long-term succ
Several years ago I had problems with my cable service. I made numerous phone calls and several trips to the company; all in an attempt to correct the problem while politely obeying what I was told to do. I realize as a pastor my community reputation is on the line and so I try to be extremely respectful in dealings with the public - even when I'm frustrated. (Actually, I am reminded it's Biblical to guard the tongue.)
There are times I'm a better leader than other times.
Sometimes this is my fault. Other times the cause is unavoidable.
If we can begin to identify what interrupts the effectiveness of our leadership, we can become better leaders. I have personally experienced some things in my own life whigh weaken my leadership. One of my goals is to consistently find ways to guard against them.
The clearest and most glorious and encouraging passage in the Bible on the dynamics of giving and serving and the spiritual blessings that come with it is found in 2 Corinthians 8. I simply cannot overstate how significant this text has been in challenging and changing my life, in particular my understanding of the source and sustaining energy of joy and how it enables us to serve others to the glory of God.
I'm an idea guy. No on has ever accused me of not having an original thought. Most of the time the opposite is more accurate. The teams I lead usually fight overload with the number of ideas I produce. I have to discipline myself to "unthink" and give teams I lead permission to tell me when something is a bad idea.
But, even idea people have lulls in their creative process. We grow stagnant. Get bored. Need help spurring thought.
So, how do idea people get new and original ideas? How do yo
he election is over.Finally, the popups, the stuffed mailboxes and nonstop advertisements can disappear and we can get back to living life.A little less than 0ne-half of our nation is suffering disappointment, and another large percentage is completely thrilled. Another large percentage is uneasy with the results.Let me speak to all sides.As a follower of Christ, I offer prayers of blessing upon our new government and our new leaders. Paul exhorted us to submit to our aut …
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (ANS-November 6, 2016) -- There's probably not a day that passes when you don't see a homeless person, or a panhandler who is possibly homeless, in Albuquerque.
Here's a shocking statistic. In 2016 the estimated average life expectancy in the U.S. is 79-years-old and a 2014 article pointed out that the normal life expectancy in the U.S. in 2014 for a homeless person was 64-years-old. That's a 15 year difference.
This past week, Cubs fans across the country were aglow with joy over the World Series victory. There was light in their eyes! How many things bring light to your eyes?
One of those things should be the Bible, specifically the commands of the Bible. The psalmist describes it this way:
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:8
Three thousand years ago a father urged his son to get wisdom at any cost. Both his father and mother cherished him. The young boy was God's gift to his parents after his older brother died in infancy. This father, with the events of the loss of his son, with the words of God's prophet indelibly etched in his memory, made a passionate appeal to his son to embrace God's wisdom. His message: "Love wisdom above all else."
I'm convinced. After years mentoring younger leaders, there is something all of us leaders with more experience need to know.
Every young leader shares some common fears.
Granted, I've mostly worked with young male leaders (and I am the parent of boys), but I suspect these fears aren't gender exclusive.
And, they aren't talked about much - or even admitted. The pressure to perform often keeps us from admitting fear, but these are real fears.
Over the years I've walked with dozens of people through the stages of grief. Grieving is mostly associated with loss - it could be the loss of a job, a relationship, or even a life. Whenever we lose something we value we grieve. It's natural, healthy, and expected.
I have learned no two people grieve exactly the same way. For me, for example, I'm often a delayed griever. I may not even cry at the immediate loss of a loved one, but in the days to come - as I process the loss - tears may flow
GROVE, OK (ANS - October 9, 2016) "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance" - James 1:2-3 (NIV).
Rain pelted the windshield decreasing visibility. Strong winds forced me to keep both hands on the wheel. It was almost dark, and I was still 20 minutes from home. It's where I really wanted to be, not returning from setting up my book table for the next day's women's event.
I have encountered many foolish words of more than a few, who say they expect men of God to be silent on politics, or even worse, who cannot find agreement on their words to the economy, science or to sports or music ...claiming they delve into areas in which they have no competence ... many even claim God's Prophets are embarrassing their faith and Christians.
GROVE, OK (ANS - September 25, 2016) -- "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint" - Isaiah 40:31 (ESV).
In the past, I led an active lifestyle, running and exercising to stay fit. Next month, I'm facing knee replacement surgery.
SIOUX FALLS, SD (ANS – August 18, 2016) – At first glance, the lives of a musician from Niwot, Colorado, a husband and wife from Longmont, Colorado, a radio minister from Estes Park, Colorado, and a preacher from Moscow, Russia would seem to have little in common. The story that connects these five individuals, however, is a story of a powerful faith that has come full circle.