7 times the speed of change can change…faster

Change takes time. There are no “quick fixes” in the world of change leadership. I’ve seen many leaders try to rush change through only to destroy themselves, the organization they are trying to change, or the change they are trying to make.

There are occasions, however, when the speed of [...] Continue Reading…

Handling Conflict is Easier These Days

Thanks to cultural improvements…technological advancements…

Handling conflict has become so much easier these days.

You know what I mean…

No longer do we have to confront a problem in person.

We can send a nasty text or email.

We can easily “unfriend” someone.

We can quit following them on Twitter.

If the conflict is [...] Continue Reading…

Ministry Briefing: A New Resource for Pastors and Church Leaders

Bill Hybels is fond of saying that “leaders are readers.” I think we all instinctively know that this is true, and recognize our need to be constantly learning how to be better leaders. At the same time, ministry leaders are constantly in a time crunch as we lead meetings, [...] Continue Reading…

How Do You Find So Many Great Restaurants?

I’ll be honest…I like to eat. It’s become somewhat of a habit, in fact.

Our boys used to make fun of Cheryl and me because we would often drive long distances to eat.

Since, we’ve moved to Lexington, KY, we’ve determined that there are nearly 100 locally owned restaurants…and we are [...] Continue Reading…

5 Common Reasons People Criticize Change

I’ve learned in leading change that there are some common objections. If you know a change is necessary, understanding why someone is objecting may help you respond accordingly.
Here are 5 common reasons for criticism of change:
Confused -These people just don’t understand the change. They lack information. Often they have [...] Continue Reading…

What Does “Healthy” Mean in Church Leadership?

I was talking with a young hurting pastor recently. He resigned after several years of trying to turn around a dying church into a healthy church. The church brought him in with definite goals. He felt he had a mandate. The church began to grow. Things were exciting…or so [...] Continue Reading…

A Reality Observation for Pastors and Leaders

Here’s a reality pastors and leaders need to know:
The longer you do what you do well…the less praise you’ll receive for it.
Everyone loves to praise the new guy…the guest appearance…the surprise home run.
Once you do exceptional for very long…it’s the new norm.
It’s expected…

You’ll hear less approval.

It’s not necessarily that [...] Continue Reading…

4 Suggestions for Developing Trust as a Leader

Trust is like gold in leadership. Without it a leader will fail to build a healthy following. Developing trust takes time. It is seldom granted with position alone. Most people have been injured in relationships that keeps them from trusting blindly. But, developing trust is critical for leaders to [...] Continue Reading…

How a Mentor Will Change Your Life

This is a guest post by Tyler Braun. Tyler is a writer and pastor from Oregon. He is the author of several books, including a book on mentoring and Why Holiness Matters (Moody), which is on sale for FREE this week only (ebook version). You can find Tyler on [...] Continue Reading…

Catch Phrases Heard On the Way to the Finish Line

I am a runner. I mostly run just for my personal health and pleasure, but I’ve run in quite a few races. I’ve even run a marathon and numerous half marathons. I’ve learned, however, that distance is relative. If a 5K is your milestone, that’s a long race. I [...] Continue Reading…