Not Getting Credit for an Idea

I’m an idea guy.

Ideas are plentiful, I know, but I tend to have more than average.

As a leader in an organization, that means I throw out a lot of ideas to those I lead.

Some of them work.

Some don’t.

One thing I’ve learned, though, is that if an idea sticks, someone […] Continue Reading…

Leader: Put Your Mask on First

If you’ve spent any time flying commercially, you’ve most likely memorized the flight attendants instructions prior to take off. Remember when he or she says “Be sure to adjust your own mask before assisting others”.

I’m probably like you, not really paying attention closely, but often when I hear that […] Continue Reading…

5 Characteristics of True Friendship

young people

True friendship is rare. If you ever get in a bind, have a major failure, or somehow lose your way, you realize how rare true friendship is these days.

To me, the difference in a true friend and one who calls themselves a friend, but is really an acquaintance is fairly easily identified.

Here are 5 characteristics of true friendship: […] Continue Reading…

Scripture Memorization, Week 15

Even if you only memorize the first sentence of this verse, I think it has the potential…as all Scripture does…to change your life.

What if you memorized this scripture, and every day prayed it came true in your life?

Here is this week’s Scripture memory verse:

Try this prayer:

Dear God, give […] Continue Reading…

Friday Discussion: What’s an Ethical Profession?

I ran across this diagram recently about a survey of people’s perceptions on the most ethical professions. I was especially interested, obviously, in my own profession. At least we aren’t at the bottom, but we’ve certainly lost ground in recent years.

Tell me what you think:

What do you think is […] Continue Reading…

The Honeybee Kingdom-Building Approach

What if we used the honey bee’s lifetime approach to Kingdom-building?

I saw an article in Southwest’s Spirit Magazine last month. Did you know a bee produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its entire life? Don’t concentrate on the fact that it only lives seven weeks, because during […] Continue Reading…

When You Don’t Need a Leader

People follow the leader…

Because…

One of the key aspects of being a leader is leading…

Leaders have a vision that includes other people…

Leaders are typically the ones who are willing to think bigger…

Leaders will usually take greater risks…

Leaders dream bigger than they can complete without others…

Leaders take people where […] Continue Reading…

Doing a Stakeholder Analysis

The longer I lead and manage people, the more I realize that the most important element in leading and managing people is….

Wait for it…

Have you forgotten that principle?

Leadership is about people. It’s relational. It depends on learning how to interact with people, how to encourage them, how to have healthy conflict, how to recruit them, and how to keep them informed.

You get the idea.

That’s not new information, but the problem is that every decision a leader makes impacts people. Some make the leader popular. Other decisions make the leader unpopular. Therefore, it’s easy for many leaders to become people-pleasers, trying to make sure everyone is happy. Other leaders go to another extreme and become a controlling leader; never allowing anyone input into the leader’s life or the decision making process.

One solution for me has been to do a stakeholder analysis of the situation. When I consider the person’s interest and power or influence in the organization, it can help the way I respond in making the decision, who’s involved in that process, and help us stay focussed towards the mission, while still valuing people.

This diagram shows a typical stakeholder analysis model: […] Continue Reading…