Why You Probably Can’t Change Your Boss

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Have you ever worked for an organization you knew had a bad leader, but you thought you could change him or her? I’ve talked to countless frustrated employees who have attempted just that, and I can tell you, it doesn’t work. By the time a pastor, CEO, or other leader reaches that place in his or her career, they’ve been at it a long time and developed a routine. So for anyone to think they can turn on a dime is

Are You a Victim of Today’s Culture of Haste?

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One of the great frustrations in organizations are leaders who’s enthusiasm to make a project happen overrides their patience. Great things take time, and it doesn’t help to push your team to the point of damaging the outcome.  In government, this administration has trouble with haste. Remember Nancy Pelosi who lectured Congress to pass Obamacare, and THEN we’ll see what’s in the bill.  Then,

My Surprising Suggestion for Starting The Week

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I’m sure you’re facing a long to-do list right now, and this week there are probably many things to be done in your life and the life of your organization. But today, I’m recommending something a bit different – do nothing. That’s right. No work, no action, no check offs. Well, in a way at least. By doing “nothing” here’s what I mean:

It’s February: Need Some Help With Your New Year’s Resolutions?

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The statistics are in on how well we keep New Year’s Resolutions and it doesn’t look good. Forbes Magazine reports that while 40% of us make New Year’s resolutions, just 8% actually follow through on those goals. We rarely get to February before we’re reminded that every year we make new year’s resolutions, and every year we fail. We just can’t seem to

Give Your Decisions a Good Jolt!

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Recently, I’ve run into a number of companies, nonprofits, and churches who’s leaders have real trouble making good decisions (some have trouble making decisions at all).  Good decisions matter, and here’s a few of the keys to making the kind of decisions that will take your career to the next level:

5 Reasons People Love the Chains That Hold Them Back

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Leaders: I’ll bet you have someone in mind right now: If he would JUST change his working habits, he could double his productivity. If she would JUST make better decisions, her life would change. If he would value his team more, they would help him break company records. If she would take the time learn the new software, her life would be so much easier. The list goes on and on, and I see it on a regular basis. So the question becomes, Why? Why are they

Television May Be Killing You

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I talk a lot about adapting to change on this blog, but one of the most significant changes that have happened over the last 40 years is the number of hours we spend in front of a TV set or computer.  The sedentary aspect of all that sitting has a real impact on our health. Different studies abound, but a recent Nielson report indicates the average TV is on for 8 hours and 18 minutes a day. In his book “Manage Your Day to Day,” productivity expert Scott Belsky writes that

Proof Why Micromanaging Doesn’t Work

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A new study by neuroscience professor Amy Arnsten at Yale University indicates how much people benefit by being in charge of their own decisions. Arnsten discovered that when people lose their sense of control – like when they’re told what to do or have instructions dictated to them, the brain actually experiences a drop in cognitive functioning – presumably leading to a drop in productivity.  However, if a leader presents

Stop Defending What Was, and Start Discovering What’s Next

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I was speaking at the Christian Media Australia Conference recently and met Mark Scott, Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. During our chat he mentioned one of his greatest challenges leading the largest broadcasting corporation in Australia was getting people to stop defending what was, and to start discovering what’s next. That’s a brilliant insight. In a business where change is coming so fast, people need to position themselves for

The Power of a Leader’s Vision

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What are the most important attributes you need as a leader?   The Creative Group did a poll that indicated that 34% of executives felt strategic vision is the most essential quality for successful leadership.  That poll was taken a few years ago, but I think it’s still worth thinking about today.  In the poll, advertising and marketing executives were asked, “In your opinion, which single quality among the following is the most essential for effective leadership?”  Their responses: