Culture is Everything

Culture is Everything Mark and his team planted a church not too long ago. But even before they officially launched the church, a culture was beginning to form. Culture is everything. As Mark’s launch team grew, he cast vision, he formed relationships, and he developed priorities and timelines for everything from finances to community involvement. For…

Busy? Or burned out?

Busy? Or burned out? It’s interesting how often we hear, or say, “I’m so busy!” For some, it’s like a badge of honor. I heard a short comedy sketch by a former Second City comedian. She acted out this skit for us (she played both parts, and of course it was much longer, but here’s…

Power of Assumptions

The Power of Assumptions I read a study recently on YouVersion about Joshua’s leadership. And, some leadership assumptions he made. You may recall the story – Joshua leads the Israelites into the land of Canaan and they come to the city of Jericho. To take the city – as God had promised the land to…

Motivating Your Team

Three Principles to Motivate Your Team A great exercise for us in leading our teams is to step back and evaluate the motivation of our team members. Are they: – Distracted?   – Tired?   – Busy?   – Discouraged? It’s so easy for us to slip into a demotivated mode. Maybe the first thing…

The Connected Leader

What I learned about leadership from a ponderosa … One of my favorite places in North America is in the mountains of New Mexico, specifically Hermit Peak. I just love that place. Hermit Peak is a mountain that stretches over 10,000 feet high and has a breath taking view from the top. Why is it…

Too Much Talk

I talk too much. There, I said it. Most people that know me would probably say that it is about time I admitted it. But realistically most of us have this problem. Even the most introverted among us tend to use way too many words to describe our thoughts and feelings. One thing I have noticed is that it plays out in how we lead. See if any of these settings strike a chord with you: