Practical Stuff for Church Leaders

Friday Finds - Thinking, Speaking, Spouses


There is not much I enjoy more than getting away with Faith for a time to focus on each other. Taking an annual kidless vacation is a practice we started at the beginning of our marriage, and I look forward to it each year. I came back refreshed and refocused, and ready to hit another season of helping pastors and leaders. I hope you'll find these articles helpful to your life.

Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours A Week Just Thinking via Inc.com

It's rare for leaders to physically block out time on their calendar to think; time away from screens and meetings; time to reflect, and time to consider and make a plan for the future. This article makes the argument that if this "thinking time" is prioritized, then the rest of the hours in a week will be more productive.

A Big Data Approach To Public Speaking by Matt Abrahams via Gsb.Stanford.edu

The words "public speaking" may invoke a few different emotions. Anxiety, terror, panic. Maybe you have flashbacks to school presentations and speeches. Most of us probably just try our best to get through those times when we have had to speak to large groups. We're typically more concerned about forming complete thoughts and sentences than about our body language and vocal inflection. After analyzing hundreds of thousands of speeches, Noah Zandan's team has identified several key characteristics of engaging communicators.

3 Important Questions To Ask A Candidates Spouse by Milan Ford via Vanderbloemen.com

If you're hiring an individual who is married, you are also hiring their spouse. The spouse will probably be serving in your church, attending Christmas parties, in a small group. They will be around, and they have influence.  Even though this is an important aspect of making a hire, there unfortunately isn't a standard protocol for interviewing a spouse. Here are 3 great questions that my colleague, Milan Ford, suggests to ask spouses.

The Next Future Church Position via Thomrainer.com

Here at Vanderbloemen, we've started to see this trend in staffing rise. There is an increased need for a specific staff member to oversee community outreach. In this article, Thom Rainer explains why this is occurring. 

Friday Finds - Extroverts, Rejection and Being Too Busy

This week, I left the beautiful 80 degree weather in Houston to spend a few days in the cities of Plymouth and Novi in Michigan. It was cold and even a bit snowy, but that's okay because I got to spend some time with the leaders of two churches amazing churches and talk about how to solve their staffing needs. Oh, and as an added bonus, United invited me to their 90th birthday party! 

Here are this week's articles that I believe will challenge and encourage you as a leader.

Proof You Don't Need To Be An Extrovert To Be A Good Networker by William Vanderbloemen via Fortune.com

The importance of networking is not determined by your personality type. Don’t allow your personality to become an excuse for inaction or bad behavior. These thoughts from William will help clarify networking as a worthwhile practice, not just a natural overflow of someone’s extroverted tendencies.

5 Questions To Ask When Facing Rejection As A Leader via Ronedmondson.com

Rejection is a part of leadership. If you're pushing the envelope and taking risks in your company, there's a good chance that at some point you will get a "no" from someone. How a person responds to rejection speaks volumes about them as a leader. Here are 5 questions to ask to process rejection and take steps to move forward.

Four Reasons Why The Most Successful People Are Great Collaborators by Faisal Hoque via Fastcompany.com

Collaboration is something we hold as a high value at Vanderbloemen Search Group. We have created an office space that allows for our team to bounce ideas off of each other and work together during the day. In this article, Hoque gives 4 reasons why collaboration leads to success.

3 Warning Signs You're Too Busy To Succeed by Dale Partridge via Startupcamp.com

Busyness does not always equal productivity. But most of the time as leaders, that's what our actions are portraying. We think the more places we are and the more people we see in a week, the more successful we will feel at the end of it. Even though most of us do this, we know that's not true. Entrepreneur, Dale Partridge shares 3 ways to know if you are too busy.