Posts Tagged ‘leader’



Leaders: The Problem With Valuing Everyone Equally

The Bible is clear – everyone has intrinsic value and worth.  God loves us all and there are no favorites in His kingdom. As leaders, we try to live that out every day. The problem is, we get into trouble when we use that principle when evaluating our team. Every church, ministry, nonprofit, or business has employees or volunteers, and while we should appreciate them all equally, some of those employees bring greater value to the table. Throughout the Bible, God chose different people for Read the full article »

Why Pastors and Ministry Leaders Have Difficulty Retiring

When I read a story on how difficult it is for writers, artists, and rock stars to retire, (May 20th in the U.K.’s Telegraph) by Critic Neil McCormick, I immediately thought of pastors and ministry leaders. Granted, they’re not famous writers or rock stars (at least most of them) but generally speaking, they don’t lead normal working lives. While they work very hard, they don’t have typical 8 to 5 jobs, don’t slave at a desk, can determine their own schedule, can be intensively creative, and are passionate about their work.  Not a bad life – which makes retirement quite difficult. Pastors and leaders – don’t be offended, but  Read the full article »

People are More Valuable Than Technology

I was reading in 2 Kings 12:13-15: “The money brought into the temple was not spent for making silver basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, trumpets or any other articles of gold or silver for the temple of the Lord; it was paid to the workmen, who used it to repair the temple. They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.” It’s interesting that the writer actually Read the full article »

The Difference Between Passion and Obsession In Ministry

When I teach Christian leaders about the power of a brand story, I tell them it’s not something you add on, but something you already are. It’s something to discover. What’s the essence of your personal story? What do people think of when they think of you? Where is your passion and calling? What’s your area of expertise? But as I look at other leaders, I see how that expertise or passion can become an obsession. The Park Forum devotional mentioned this recently about Read the full article »

A Real Life Example of Why Culture is More Important Than Vision

Culture is more important than vision.  From experts like John Maxwell to Sam Chand, that premise is a critical leadership principle. The reason is simple: An organization’s culture sets the tone for everything else, and leaders are responsible for creating an organization’s culture. I don’t care how great or noble your vision – if you don’t have a capable and vibrant culture, then very little will happen. A strong culture inspires people, and Read the full article »

People You Fire: How Are They Doing Now?

There are a few ministry organizations in the country who’s list of people that have been fired is like a “who’s who” of great leaders. It seems like when talented employees start rising, the CEO of some organizations start getting nervous, and before long finds a reason to let them go. Stop for a minute and think about people you’ve fired over the years. Where Read the full article »

Why You Need a Project

Everybody needs a project. It may be your job, but in most cases, it’s something else. Some call it a “hobby,” but to me a hobby is more about relaxation than accomplishment. Retirees often die if they don’t have a project. Once they start feeling they can’t contribute, then their lives seem over. Your project should be a passion, something you’re good at doing, and a way to Read the full article »

Target CEO Resigns: Leaders Are Responsible Even When Things Aren’t Their Fault

The CEO of Target resigned last week amid the furor over the data breach that jeopardized 40 million payment card accounts since the Black Friday shopping weekend. Gregg Steinhafel had been at Target for 35 years and has been a respected leader through some challenging times. But with the data breach issue dragging on, and impacting stock prices, he finally stepped aside.  The truth is Read the full article »

How To Turn Bad Ideas Into Good Ideas

There are a lot of bad ideas out there. Truthfully, looking back over my career, I estimate that easily 50% of my ideas have been terrible, 30% OK, 15% pretty good, and 5% stellar. But here’s the rub – to have good ideas, you need to have a lot of ideas – and plenty of those will simply be bad. So what can you do with a bad idea to turn it around? One word: Read the full article »

Want to Change Your Life? Hire a Great Assistant.

Early in my career, I believed there was honor in doing everything myself. Don’t hire an assistant – it’s too expensive, plus, if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself. Fortunately, I learned years ago that was bunk.  Hiring the right assistant can change your life. It lets you focus on the big picture issues, releases you from the day to day organizational stuff, and Read the full article »


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