Why Leaders Are Encouragers

The Inspirational Power of Thanks

There’s plenty of books, websites, and leadership resources that talk about the importance of encouragement. As Goethe said in 1768, “Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.” So rather than say more about why you need to be an encourager, let me give you a brief but powerful example of something I personally experienced:

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My Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

It’s always interesting to see what I’ve written during the year that resonates with the widest audience. So looking back, here are the most popular posts I’ve written during 2016. There’s a few things for everyone, including some that would help your team, and some that would help you. Take a look, and see if there’s anything you may have missed – or might be worth reading again. And as always, feel free to leave your comments:

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Online Celebrities Shook Up the Entertainment Industry in 2016

Hollywood’s Q Scores Reveal a Massive Media Shift

One of the biggest surprises of the last couple of years has been the explosive popularity of YouTube stars. As first reported in Variety Magazine in July, 2015: “YouTube stars have tightened their already impressive grip on U.S. teens since last year, demonstrating more influence than ever even when compared with mainstream household names including Taylor Swift and Johnny Depp.”  Q Scores are essentially

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Why I Support Image Journal

I’ve been an avid reader of Image Journal for years. To describe the journal, I’ll defer to the website: “Image was founded in 1989 to demonstrate the continued vitality and diversity of contemporary art and literature that engage with the religious traditions of Western culture. Now one of the leading literary journals published in English, it is read all over the world—and forms the nexus of a warm and active community. We believe that the great art that has emerged from these faith traditions is

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Why Internet Porn is a Bigger Risk Than You Think

One of the areas where the online world continues to grow is pornography. But as younger viewers are seeing more and more explicit and violent images, new research may finally make young men re-think their habits. Today, men under the age of 40 account for 25% of all erectile dysfunction patients – and the number is rising. It’s becoming more and more clear that

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The Need to Perform Well on Social Media

I’m not sure we’re fully comprehending the need some people feel to perform well on social media.  I was upgraded on a flight from Dallas to Los Angeles the other day and sat next to a twenty-something woman who literally spent the entire flight taking selfies.  She must have snapped off 150 or more shots of herself.  She was next to the window, so she experimented with the shade for lighting, fussed with her hair, checked different heights for the camera.  Three and half hours of this.  For many people of all ages,

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Yes Christian Leaders: Radio Still Matters

In a world that’s gone Internet crazy it’s easy to convince churches and ministries about the importance of only using web strategies or social media as evangelism tools. After all, with more than 1.79 billon active users, by population, Facebook is now the largest country in the world, which means it’s time to start sending online missionaries and planting churches in that country. Online evangelism is an easy sell to a new generation of pastors and leaders who have been posting their lives online since childhood. But lost in the Internet frenzy is the power of traditional media – particularly radio.

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Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned from The Salvation Army’s Jim Knaggs

My friend Jim Knaggs is retiring from a long leadership career in The Salvation Army. He finishes his work as the Commissioner for the Western Territory of the United States, and certainly as one of the most respected leaders in this remarkable global organization. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Jim for the last few years as we created The Salvation Army Vision Network – the first “digital street corner” for an organization that was founded by

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