Practical Stuff for Church Leaders

Friday Finds - Energy, Attitude, & Apologies

As I mentioned last Friday, I led the Executive Pastor Coaching Network this week - a great time with an exceptional group of leaders. This session was three awesome days of nonstop coaching, learning, and community. It brings me such satisfaction and fulfillment--but at the end of the three days I'm pretty wiped out! This weekend will include family and football, and then I'll be heading out to Exponential on the west coast. Perhaps I'll see you there.

Here are some of my favorite articles from this week. What are yours?

How To Lead Change Effectively In Your Church with William Vanderbloemen & Holly Tate via Vanderbloemen Search Group

This is a free webinar my colleagues recorded yesterday, and let me tell you - the content in here is invaluable. Leading change is something we discuss in my coaching network, and it's one of the top challenges all church leaders face. Give this webinar recording a listen while it's still available, and learn some great strategies behind successful change management.

17 Tiny Habits That Drain Your Energy (And Make Life More Difficult) by Nicolas Cole via Inc.

I've been thinking a lot today about what gives me energy and what drains my energy. It's vital for leaders to discern this for themselves and be proactive about it - and every leader is different! This article by Nicolas Cole is a quick read with 17 small, seemingly-innocent things we do that are draining our energy. Stop them, find what refills you, and strive for a healthy pace of life. Your ministry depends on it.

What You Say Before You Say A Word via John Maxwell on Leadership

Do you have people on you staff who are high performers, but their attitude just isn't that great? Maybe sometimes you're that person (let's face it, we all have had bad days). As John Maxwell says, when you have to communicate often, you can easily forget what gets communicated even clearer than your words - is your attitude. But as leaders, it's even more vitally important that our attitudes and interactions are positive. Read on...

3 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Apologizing by William Vanderbloemen via Forbes

There's nothing I dislike more than a lack of authenticity, and nowhere is it more damaging than in an apology. Apologizing is never easy, but it's especially difficult in a work scenario. Leaders, we must master the art of an effective and sincere apology. And as William describes so well, if you can't apologize or take responsibility for your team's mistakes, you probably aren't being a good leader.

What are you reading this week? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.