From the Cafe blog .. “It’s okay to have different opinions, challenge the system – and even the leader ..” @RonEdmondson Catch Ron and "8 Characteristics of People Who Don’t Fit Well on a Team" at the LifeLetter Cafe ..
“Why,” you ask, “should I be in touch with my feelings?” The phrase about being in touch with our feelings has been around as long as psychotherapy. But what does it mean exactly? Aren’t we having feelings all the time? Yes, but sometimes the...
Finding family balance in a busier than ever world. It's tough. Cheryl, the boys and I were talking recently. They wanted to know how we did it? How did we keep the balance between a busy life and a healthy family life? They knew we were busy. We had lots of responsibilities. I was on […]
In my first management position, I was a 19 year-old college sophomore working full-time and leading a small staff of four people in the men’s clothing area of a major department store. I was placed in the position almost by default, because the previous manager left unexpectedly and I was there and eager to lead. Everyone working for me was older than I was, including one man who was in his sixties. Today, even though I have aged considerably since then, I continue to be in a position…
As a leader, one of your most valuable assets is the respect of the people you are leading. If a leader is respected, people will follow him or her almost anywhere. If a leader loses the respect from the ones he or she leads, it becomes very difficult to regain that respect. Often a new leader is given respect because of his or her position as a leader, but respect can be quickly lost due to performance. Many times, it
Every change costs someone something. One of those costs, which is often underestimated by those leading change, is the emotional response to change. All change has an emotional response. Realizing and recognizing the emotions of change can help you better lead through the change. Acknowledging someone’s emotions goes a long way towards helping them accept […]
I am an introvert. From all public appearances on Sunday morning — and with my frequent activity in the community — that surprises people. But in my private life and with those closest to me there is no questioning of that fact. If anything, I have become even more introverted the larger our church has […]
If you want to be in leadership get comfortable with change. It’s part of the experience of every leader. The best leaders get accustomed to leading change. Every leader deals with change, but in my experience, some handle it better than others. There are change agent leaders who seem to have an innate gifting at leading […]
In my recent post I contend that: To be a kingdom building pastor you MUST be a community building pastor. I admit that "must" is a strong word; and there are few things that I'm emphatic about unless they are Biblical, but I do believe that in order for us to reach people today […]
Over the years in leadership, I have experienced my fair amount of criticism. When I was in business, it could come from employees, former employee, customer, supplier, or the public. When I served in political office, every vote seemed to bring critics from the opposing side. Now, after being in ministry for over a decade, I have learned […]