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The hospital room may be spotless and sterile, but birth itself will always take place amid chaos, pain, and blood. —Steven Pressfield I will never forget the birth of my three children. They were wonderful events but to the natural eye they were a messy event.   Chris was my first born. Janice and I were elated when we found out she was pregnant. So would begin the birthing process. Janice of course felt the weight of the next 9 months. Cert»
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I used to love to refinish furniture, when life was a bit slower.  It was messy and dirty, but when you could get through the layers and layers of paint, there was often a beautiful piece of wood just waiting to be discovered. People are often like that.   There can be years and years of muck on the outer layers of their lives, but inside there is a beautiful person waiting to be discovered. But it is messy to get to that point to see the beaut»
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I’ve made a lot of mistakes in leadership. One of the primary purposes of this blog is to help others learn from my experience.  So, I want to share some of the mistakes I’ve made. I hope at least one of them encourages other leaders. These are 10 of the biggest: Playing salesman more than seeking wisdom. I have had times I was so convinced I was right that I used my skills as a communicator to get people on my side. In hindsight, I should»
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Many times a leader can be clueless about the real health of the organization they lead. If a leader refuses to solicit feedback, doesn’t listen to criticism or stops learning, they can begin to believe everything is under control — when in reality — things are falling apart around them. I once watched as a church crumbled apart while the pastor thought everything was wonderful. He always had an excuse for declining numbers and never welcom»
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Let’s do a thought experiment about the future, Mr. or Miss Business Leader.  These will be common experience:   - Practically any information will be available digitally, including real-time data. - Data storage is not limiting, nor is data organization/indexing. Wired bandwidth trends towards fiber-optic speeds to every computer. - 5G wireless to mobile devices (think “download feature length movie in 60 seconds”). - At least half, prob»
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Let’s do a thought experiment about the future, Mr. or Miss Business Leader.  These will be common experience:   - Practically any information will be available digitally, including real-time data. - Data storage is not limiting, nor is data organization/indexing. Wired bandwidth trends towards fiber-optic speeds to every computer.  - 5G wireless to mobile devices (think “download feature length movie in 60 seconds”). - At least half, pr»
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I have a pet peeve about leadership. Actually lots. But, this one is especially strong. I have a pet peeve against controlling leadership. I hate it. It’s so counter-productive to progress. It holds the team back from reaching it’s full potential. It stifles leaders. It never builds healthy teams. And, the fact is if I allowed myself I could easily be a controlling leader. In fact, command is a “strength” of mine, according to Strengths F»
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In a research study that he carried out for his book The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker, Brad Lomenick found that less than one-fourth of Christians feel that “their workplace has a clear vision that is easily understood by employees.” This leads to cynicism, confusion, wasted effort, loss of enthusiasm, and a whole host of negative things. What’s the solution? We need more leaders, for casting vision is the t»
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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 now. Thankfully, there’s still time in my leadership career. Hopefully I caught you in time too. Controlling leadership, if done well, offers some»
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As I sit at my desk I am looking at an ad for a conference called the  “The Super Summit”.  I think about what that means. It seems we are always striving to be super and not just super at one thing but at EVERYTHING! I think about the conversations I had this week with people trying to be super and even how I can get caught up in that image. In reality we are made to rely on God.  We are called to live authentically.  Deep down we know»