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A One-on-One Worksheet That Gives Power to Employees

To empower people, you must give them some control.<p>One-on-ones where employees control most or all of the agenda transfers power to employees. But …

Leadership

Unlock honest feedback with this one word

This one little word makes all the difference…<p>A few years ago, a CEO told me how she was struggling to get honest feedback from her board.<p>No one …

Leadership

Quarterly 1-1s Are a Waste of Time

In this world of rapid change, quarterly meetings aren't enough.<p>Think back over the last 90 days, and ask yourself these questions:<p>What were the highs and lows for you?<br>• What worked, and what didn’t work?<br>• Are you sure you have a complete list before you have your quarterly 1-1 conversation?<br>• And more …

Leadership

How to Launch a Short-Term On-Campus Strategy (that leads to off-campus groups)

I’ve written about this several times, but haven’t ever put the nuts-and-bolts in one place. This short-term on-campus strategy (that leads to …

Marketing
Leadership

This (Controversial) Top Predictor of High-Performing Teams Isn't What You'd Expect

Gallup issued a report again confirming a very surprising top performance predictor.<p>Gallup recently issued their <i>2017 State of the American Workplace</i> report, complete with its list of top predictors of engagement/performance/productivity. The list was populated with the usual predictable indicators …

Leadership

Insight: The Upside of a Scorecard over a Job Description

I’m frequently asked for a sample job description for small group pastors. Generally it is a senior pastor or executive pastor asking for a copy (to …

Human Resources

What the Best Mentors Do

Mentorship comes in many flavors. It doesn’t always work unless leaders bear in mind a few common principles.<p>Over the past three years, as part of my forthcoming book, I’ve been researching how leaders can better judge and develop their talent in light of a changing, more purpose-driven, more …

Leadership

Hack Your Worship Service

I recently read an article about the architectural design of airports. Yes, that was an actual article I actually read, and I found it fascinating. A …

Christianity

How to Keep Your Team Focused and Productive During Uncertain Times

Uncertainty is uncomfortable for everyone. Whether it’s political turmoil or a reorganization at your company, employees who are concerned about their future are likely to be distracted and unproductive. What should a manager do? How can you keep people focused while also helping them cope with the …

Leadership

Stewarding a Multiethnic Campus

<b>Article by: Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra</b>It is hard to get whiter than Campus Outreach was in the late 1970s.The interdenominational campus ministry …

Evangelical Christianity

Overview: Here Are Our Four Strategies for Launching New Groups

Over the last several years we’ve identified four key strategies for launching new groups. Two of the four strategies are very up-front and …

Women's News

Being Quiet Is Part of Being a Good CEO

After interviews with 200 senior business executives, Hal Gregersen of MIT found that one of the virtues of good leadership is listening properly.<p>The amount of literature devoted to teaching people how to become a successful executive is vast. And that’s no surprise: People aspire to be in the …

Leadership

Lunch & Learn: Facebook Ads Strategies With Chris Abbott

Everyone loves using Facebook for church communications.<p>Yes, Ads. Are you using Facebook Ads for your church?<p>Did you know that Facebook advertising …

Facebook

The State of the Plate 2016

<i>Nationwide survey shows many churches saw declining or flat giving in 2015, while at the same time seeing the need for modern digital giving</i> …

Religion

3 Things You Can Do This Week to Connect More People After Easter

There are three ideal times to connect unconnected people every year. In most churches, late September/early October has the most potential followed …

Easter
Religion

8 Reasons Your Easter Guests Might Not Return

It’s the new year and like most pastors and church leaders, you’re probably already planning for Easter. It will be here before you know it. I was …

7 Ways Leaders Seize the Opportunity of Second Failure

Explore failure deeply. <i>Learn from last time before rushing to next time.</i><p>What decision did you make that brought you to this failure? (Don’t say “us” …

Success

The Sleep Cure: The Fountain of Youth May Be Closer Than You Ever Thought

YOU NEED TO LIE DOWN<p>Mark Zielinski knew he was onto something when his mice stopped sleeping. Normally, the animals woke and slept on a 12-hour …

How Aligned Is Your Organization?

Most executives today know their enterprises should be aligned. They know their strategies, organizational capabilities, resources, and management systems should all be arranged to support the enterprise’s purpose. The challenge is that executives tend to focus on one of these areas to the …

Enterprise

How to Inspire Outrageous Generosity by Simply Saying “Thank You”

The number of church leaders I engage with who have no process for saying “thank you” to those who contribute to and support local church ministry is …

People Aren’t as Loyal to a Church Or Denomination Anymore – Good For Them

Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3<p>Brand loyalty is dead.<p>Good riddance.<p>The so-called good-old-days when a person committed to a church, then stuck with it …

Leading People Too Smart to Be Led

An evolutionary geneticist, a professional gambler, and a business school professor walk into a bar. What might appear to be the start of a horribly nerdy joke is simply a scene that could happen any evening at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. And it did recently when I visited …

The Five Levels of Learning

From the beginning, Pastor Rick’s vision for Saddleback Church was to attract unbelievers, lead them to Christ, through the work of the Holy Spirit …

Christianity

10 New Rules For Brainstorming Without Alienating Introverts | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Brainstorming

Ten Lessons of Church Expansion

When Scripture introduces the Church in Acts 2, it paints a picture of a fervent congregation committed to their faith and devoted to their …

Theology

Us versus Them: Reframing Resistance to Change

Anyone attempting to lead change in an organization knows to expect some resistance. Change is not a rational process; no matter how positive the …

Leadership

This Seven-Step Guide For Dishing Out Feedback Is Totally Idiot-Proof | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Leadership