The creative and the leader can be focused on the same mission, yet so differently; they can be serving the same cause, yet often hold opposing views on how to call others to do the same. This may be the single most important relationship to navigate in any church or business. And unfortunately, most leaders never figure out how to make it work.Read More
He hugged me twice.
Dad wasn’t a big hugger. It was usually a one-armed, awkward, sideways hug as I arrived or left from a visit. But last weekend he hugged me, full frontal, not once, but twice.
I could tell it really mattered to him that I came to visit to help them move into their new house in Iowa. We spent an afternoon building shelves in the garage…Read More
Getting let go isn't fun for anyone, but it can be done really well or really poorly. If you need to talk, and you probably will, save it for your spouse, a far-removed friend, or a counselor. If you worked for a church, don’t talk to anyone in the church or any former work associate about your issues.Read More
When you are working with friends, it takes a much higher commitment to communication. Sometimes you have to say out loud, “Right now I’m wearing my leader hat. In a few minutes I’ll put my friend hat back on.” Sometimes I’ve said, “As your friend I would advise you in one way, but as your employer I would counsel you differently.”Read More
Most executive leaders would say they have a team. But having a team and operating as a team are two different things.Read More
There is nothing worse than working at an organization with a bad culture, and there is nothing better than working at an organization with a great culture. You wake up every day looking forward to getting back to work on the mission with people you enjoy being around.Read More
It isn’t too uncommon for leaders to get bent out of shape when a mistake is made that costs the church money. It comes from a well-intentioned place of wanting to be wise stewards of the church resources. But it diminishes people and discourages innovation and appropriate risk.Read More
A secure leader, one who listens to learn, creates a culture that is attractive and collaborative.Read More
If you are in a culture where meetings feel like a waste of time, change the culture. How? One meeting at a time.Read More