The Tragedy of Second Generation Failure

More Churches And Ministries Are At Risk Than You Think

It’s been reported that 70% of second generation businesses fail in America. That made me think of nonprofits, churches, and ministries in the same light. Is it true of those organizations as well? Over the years, I’ve consulted on numerous leadership transitions of some of the highest profile pastors and Christian leaders in America and I have to report that

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Do I Hire Christians For My Faith-Based Project Or Hire Non-Christian Professionals?

One of the most frequent questions people ask me about hiring my media production crews is “Do you only hire Christians?” Whether it’s hiring a crew for a video, TV program, short film, or other media project for a church, ministry, or nonprofit, people often wonder what’s the best policy? Especially if it means hiring an unqualified Christian versus a qualified non-believer? Beyond the scope of the legal issues surrounding hiring these days, here’s my personal policy:

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The Keys to Communicating Change:

One of the Greatest Challenges for a Leader

If you’re a professional communicator, a significant part of your job is leading people through change. It’s a tough challenge, and if you’ve read my book “Jolt: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” then you know that for individuals and organizations, change is incredibly hard. One example in the book is research that indicates that within two years, the vast majority of open heart surgery patients

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When Employees Control Organizations From the Bottom

The Tragedy of Leadership Turned Upside Down

Have you ever worked for an organization who had a low level employee in charge? Certainly not by title, but through his or her behavior, they virtually ran the organization. Here’s one I encountered a few years ago: An employee at a large Christian ministry was responsible for scheduling outreaches, volunteers, and equipment. The employee wasn’t a department head or on the leadership team in any way. However, the employee

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Leaders: What You Should Know About Your Team

Whenever I consult with a church, ministry, or nonprofit, I always begin by looking closely at the team. The employees are the ones that make an organization work, so learning as much as we can about them is critical – and I’m often surprised at how little pastors and other leaders actually know about the personal side of their team. If you’re not taking the time to know your people well, you’re shortchanging your vision. Having studied teams over the years, here’s a starting list of issues leaders need to know about their teams:

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Before You Melt Down Over an Email Read This Post

Every day, people misunderstand email messages. In fact, one study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reports that the tone in an email is misinterpreted 50 percent of the time. But it gets worse – the same study discovered 90 percent of people think they’ve actually correctly interpreted the tone of emails they receive. That means

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Pastors, Ministry Leaders, and Media Teams: When It’s Time to Break the Cycle

After decades working in Christian media, I’ve noticed a lifecycle that happens in a significant number of churches and ministries when it comes to media. It’s serious, and I’ve seen it happen again and again, often leading to disaster. In fact, when a pastor or leader doesn’t start a media ministry with experienced advice and counsel (which is usually what happens), this unfolds in virtually every case. Here’s the timeline:

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Surviving Tough Times

How to Respond to Being Fired, Laid off, or Any Other Financial Crisis

I spoke to a group of Hollywood entertainment professionals recently, and I shared some tips for getting through tough financial times. Although it’s difficult, it’s incredibly important that whenever possible, we do our best not to let financial challenges distract us from our career or calling. My talk was geared toward entertainment and media people, but it would work for anyone in almost any situation. Let me know if these suggestions could help you and please share them with someone experiencing this type of financial or job crisis:

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