Posts Tagged ‘decisions’



When Teams Can’t Trust Their Leaders

There have been plenty of stories recently about pastors and other ministry leaders failing or falling from grace. This isn’t one of those stories. This post is about pastors and leaders with teams who don’t trust them to keep their word. Keep in mind, these aren’t bad people, and I’m not talking about outright liars. I’m talking about leaders who’ve spent so many years changing their mind, making rash decisions, or back peddling, their closest friends and employees can’t trust their decisions anymore. It happens for a number of reasons: Read the full article »

Five Steps To Overcoming the “Jolts” of Life

When disaster strikes our life, we’re often simply overwhelmed.  As we saw during the 2011 tsunami in Japan, entire towns were wiped off the map, and all these years later, we’re still seeing news reports of problems with the clean up. When a country like that is in chaos, where do we begin when problems happen? Even more important, how do we deal with the “meltdowns” we face in our lives? In my book “Jolt! Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” I show you how to weather the storms of change, and actually use it to your advantage. After being fired, going through a divorce, losing a loved one or experiencing other traumatic life events, how do you start over?  Here’s 5 ways to move forward with purpose: Read the full article »

Give Your Decisions a Good Jolt!

Recently, I’ve run into a number of companies, nonprofits, and churches who’s leaders have real trouble making good decisions (some have trouble making decisions at all).  Good decisions matter, and here’s a few of the keys to making the kind of decisions that will take your career to the next level: Read the full article »

Are You REALLY Open to New Ideas?

Are we REALLY open to new ideas? We like to think we are, but how often to we reactively defend the status quo – especially when someone pokes a hole in our past decisions? I work with clients for a living, which means I spend a lot of time looking at organizations and challenging them with new ideas. I try to do the same thing when it comes to this blog. But far too often, instead of at least considering new ideas, some people at the organization reflexively dismisses them without Read the full article »

When Strategy Kills

I’m a big believer in strategy.  In fact, the case could be made that most organizations fail because they lack a real strategy for success.  After all, plenty of leadership experts have taught that success doesn’t happen by accident.  Great planning is critical for the realization of any project or organization.  However, I’ve encountered numerous businesses, churches, and nonprofits that were in bondage to strategy.  They feel that strategy is so critical, they don’t dare make a move without it.  As a result, they miss great opportunities to act.  Strategy is a powerful tool for long term success, but the truth is – Read the full article »

Go Ahead – Just Make a Decision!

What important decisions have you been putting off?  A lot has been made in the press recently about President Obama’s difficulty making a decision.  He’s been accused of “leading from behind,” and more disheartening is the news that as of yesterday, he’s continuing to blame the previous president for the challenges he’s facing.  I had lunch yesterday in Dallas with Pastor Jack Graham of Prestonwood Church.  Prestonwood is one of the great churches in America, and I don’t know of any other pastor who’s leadership has inspired so many ministries and business ideas that have gone out of that church to impact the world.  At lunch we were discussing a Read the full article »