7 Vital Steps Prior to Implementing Major Change

As a pastor and leader, I am continually dealing with change. Everyday. Change is a part of life. For all of us.

Some change occurs without us doing anything. Some change is so routine it requires little thought or preparation by the leader. But, when making major change…change that impacts [...] Continue Reading…

5 Ways to Hear from People Different from You

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen leaders make is:
Forgetting that everyone doesn’t think like the leader.
People are different. They think differently. They have different desires. Thankfully, they have different ideas. The way they process and share those ideas are different from the leader.

If you want to lead people [...] Continue Reading…

7 Benefits of Being a Controlling Leader

Oh, the joy of controlling leadership. It’s highly under appreciated.

Oh, I know, this appears to be a change of tune for me. This blog has been critical of controlling leadership as a very poor leadership style. I apologize. I should have recognized the benefits in controlling leadership before [...] Continue Reading…

A brilliant setup to the most important question ever…

While He was praying in private and His disciples were with Him, He asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am? ” They answered, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, that one of the ancient prophets has come back.” “But you,” He asked them, “who do [...] Continue Reading…

5 Clever Ways I Find Time to Exercise

I’ve written before about my discipline of exercise. Honestly, it has to be one of the keys to me being effective in life and leadership. I can tell the difference in productivity when I exercise and when I don’t.

I talk to busy, stressed pastors every week and frequently [...] Continue Reading…

Warning: Don’t Be the Senior Leader Unless…

Here’s a warning:
Don’t Agree to Be the Senior Leader Unless…
You are ready to lead alone at times…or at least feel like you are.

You aren’t striving for popularity, knowing that every decision you make is unpopular to someone.

You can make the hard decisions, even the ones involving people [...] Continue Reading…

12 Things I’d Do If I Had a Perfect Marriage

I don’t have a perfect marriage. I have a good marriage. We work at it.

But, it isn’t perfect. Our marriage…probably like yours…is a work in progress. And, the reason we don’t have a perfect marriage is because there are two imperfect people in this marriage…just like in your marriage. [...] Continue Reading…

7 Tips When the Team is Struggling to Succeed

I talk with team leaders every week where the team is struggling and trying to figure out how to succeed again. I understand. I’ve been the leader of teams in situations like that many times. Every team experiences times of decline. What you do next almost always determines how [...] Continue Reading…

10 Remembrances on Memorial Day

Today we remember.

Your sacrifice.
Your pride of duty.
Your love of freedom.
Your strength.
Your family’s commitment.
Your courage.
Your patriotism.
Your honor.
Your contribution.
Your legacy.

Happy Memorial Day!
Thank you!
(Memorial Day has rightly expanded focus in recent years to honor all troops, past and present. In days of extreme, continual sacrifice of our military we can never say [...] Continue Reading…