Business, media, nonprofit, and church leaders across the country invest in new projects everyday. The level of risk varies, but one thing is common to all – at some point, the leader needs to make a decision to stay in for the long haul, or cut the losses and call it quits. The problem is
I work with creative teams for a living. From media production to communications strategy to coaching through a crisis, I love creative teams focused on helping organizations share their message with the culture. But time to time, I encounter leaders that have become institutionalized. They play it safe, stop taking risks, and look for
Visionary leaders are highly valued, transform organizations, and above all, rare. Everyone wants to work for a visionary leader, and many younger leaders desperately want to become one. But there’s one big legacy that far too many visionary leaders leave behind:
You may not know that before he was President of Fox News and Chairman of Fox Television Stations Group, Roger Ailes ran a corporate communications firm. He advised presidents like Ronald Reagan, celebrities, and major corporate CEO’s. In his book “You Are The Message” he lists the 10 most common communication problems that apply to speakers, executives, and leaders of all kinds. Here’s the list, because it’s worth thinking about. Which of these do you have the most difficulty?
At some point, all leaders will be required to confront someone on their team. It may be about performance, personal behavior, mismanagement, or a host of other possibilities, but confrontation is critical – and inevitable – in all organizations. However, as Deborah Smith Pegues points out in her excellent book “Confronting Without Offending,” the key is to use confrontation to make better employees, not drive them away. Here’s a few of her tips for making that happen:
Leadership is about influence. After all, if you can’t inspire and influence your team to accomplish your organization’s purpose, then you won’t get very far. But over the years, I’ve seen plenty of leaders lose that influence – and yet don’t recognize when it starts slipping away. For a number of reasons, they’re unable to see the warning signs that indicate they’ve lost authority and influence. Ex-leaders are everywhere, so don’t become one. To help, here’s 5 warning signs that you’re losing influence with your team:
One of the most respected voices on church and ministry leadership today is Dr. Sam Chand. On his website his tag line is “My Life’s Vision is Helping Others Succeed” – and he’s good at it. Sam and I have shared a number of clients over the years and time and time again, I’ve seen him turn around struggling churches, inspire frustrated leaders, and transform the culture at failing organizations. Recently, I did an interview with Dr. Chand because I wanted to share some of his experience, wisdom, and insight on church and ministry leadership. Take notes. Share it. This is powerful stuff:
The New Testament book of Mark is a powerful example of who responded to the message of Jesus and who didn’t. Chapter 12 is an especially good example. The people (Mark describes them as “throngs”) loved his message, but those who resisted where those in authority, because they saw his message as a threat. Sadly, too many leaders today attempt to use threats as