Posts Tagged ‘leader’



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 »

Leaders: How Do You Use Your Authority?

This morning I was reading 2 Corinthians 10, which contains the line: “Authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you.” I felt a twinge of guilt as I thought how often I’ve used my authority as a club to beat people into submission. How quickly do we want to win arguments, prove we’re in charge, or get snarky just to sound superior? Probably way to often. That’s why Read the full article »

Leaders: Stop Pushing Your Dysfunctional Family On Us!

You might think this post is about reality TV stars, but if so you’ll be disappointed. It’s about the families of some pastors and ministry leaders. For a generation, many Christian broadcasters, ministry leaders, and pastors have been obsessed with the issue of family succession.  Obviously, it would be nice if our children followed us into our work. Having a strong and loving family is a wonderful thing, and I think it’s a powerful expression of our witness to the world. However, Read the full article »

What Christians in the Spotlight Know That You Might Not

It seems like every time a well-known pastor does a major news interview, or other visible Christian discusses their faith, appears in the secular press, or releases a controversial book, the Internet lights up with critics from the Christian community. We’re remarkably quick to “defend the faith” and point out why other believers have got it wrong or don’t see things as well as we do. (I especially like the online critics who do it behind a fake name.) I’m all for in-house discussions and debates – and even calling each other to account – but thanks to the Internet, the volume has risen so high, it wouldn’t be surprising if the secular world assumed Read the full article »

10 Important Tips For Leaders

Writer Fay Vincent shared 10 Tips for New Executives in the Wall Street Journal recently. While they were designed for new CEO’s taking over high profile positions, when I looked at the list I realized that these were powerful insights that every leader needs to consider. I’d encourage you to read the entire article, but for a brief synopsis, here’s the 10 tips: Read the full article »

To Execute Ideas Successfully, Leaders Must Believe

When it comes to executing well, employees and team members must believe the leader is 100% behind the mission. That principle is in the news today in a big way after the release of Robert Gates’ new memoir of his time as Secretary of Defense. One of his claims is the President was never really behind the mission in Afghanistan, and how much that hurt the morale of our men and women on the front lines. It continues with the President’s recent “reforms” of the NSA’s surveillance program. You may like the program or you may not. But Read the full article »

When To Intervene When Things Go Wrong

My father, Dr. Bill Cooke (left) was a mainline denominational pastor, and during the late 60’s and early 70’s he started exploring the Charismatic renewal. As a result, he began teaching on the Holy Spirit, and our church really started growing. There was an explosion of interest in that subject at the time and people started coming from everywhere. But there was one problem: Read the full article »


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