Leaders: 5 Warning Signs That You’ve Lost Your Influence

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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:

Leadership Lessons From A Super Bowl Coach

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He took a lot of crazy heat over “Deflategate,” but New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has left his mark. After six Super Bowls, he’s doing something right. And if you take the time to study his coaching techniques, you’ll find a significant number of areas that would easily transfer to leadership in any organization. Writing in the Wall Street Journal this week, Christopher Caldwell pointed out some key areas that make him a great leader:

The Problem With Chronically Late Leaders

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From time to time everyone is late. We live in a world of distractions, and everything from traffic, last minute phone calls, to all kinds of emergencies make us late from time to time. The key phrase here is “from time to time.” But what happens when leaders (particularly pastors) are chronically late? Let me tell you something I hear from office, team, and church staff members all the time:

When Leaders Don’t Enjoy Spending Time With Their Team

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In my consulting work over the last 30 years, one of the most common complaints I get – particularly at churches and nonprofit organizations – is that leaders don’t spend much time with their team.  Understand it’s not just about being busy. In most situations it’s pastors, executives, COO’s and other leaders who simply don’t enjoy spending time with their team. In case that’s happening at your organization, and since I’ve heard it from both sides, when it happens, here’s my advice for both parties:

Leaders: The Problem With Valuing Everyone Equally

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The Bible is clear – everyone has intrinsic value and worth.  God loves us all and there are no favorites in His kingdom. As leaders, we try to live that out every day. The problem is, we get into trouble when we use that principle when evaluating our team. Every church, ministry, nonprofit, or business has employees or volunteers, and while we should appreciate them all equally, some of those employees bring greater value to the table. Throughout the Bible, God chose different people for

People are More Valuable Than Technology

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I was reading in 2 Kings 12:13-15: “The money brought into the temple was not spent for making silver basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, trumpets or any other articles of gold or silver for the temple of the Lord; it was paid to the workmen, who used it to repair the temple. They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.” It’s interesting that the writer actually

When To Intervene When Things Go Wrong

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My father, Dr. Bill Cooke (left) was a mainline denominational pastor, and during the late 60’s and early 70’s he started exploring the Charismatic renewal. As a result, he began teaching on the Holy Spirit, and our church really started growing. There was an explosion of interest in that subject at the time and people started coming from everywhere. But there was one problem:

Why Teams Rarely Rise Beyond the Level of the Leader

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Leaders: If you’re frustrated at the level of your team or vendor’s performance, then look no further than the mirror.  Only in vary rare cases will a team perform better than the level of their leader.  Why?  Because it’s the leader who sets the boundaries, deadlines, and guidelines. It’s the leader who creates the culture, and sets expectations. As a result, no matter how gifted or creative a team is, if the leader is incompetent, insecure, or inexperienced, the team can only

Who You Work With Matters More Than You Think

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We all joke about our co-workers.  We’re close to some, others drive us crazy, and a few seem outright evil.  Since we spend so much of our lives working in the office, more and more studies show that who we work with has a huge impact, not only on our performance, but on our personal health.  A recent study from Tel Aviv University tracked 820 workers for 20 years.  They discovered that our co-workers impact our health more than the hours we work, the stress, or our boss.  And it’s pretty serious – working with not-so-kind colleagues, actually increases our risk of dying.  In fact,

You Might Be Failing Because You’re Over-Reaching

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When it comes to work and our career, we all want something better. Better equipment, more resources, a bigger team, and more. But many times when we get the opportunity, we overreach and end up with nothing. Let me give you an example: I consulted with a media organization recently and to really enhance capturing their live events, I suggested they get a camera jib (crane). As soon as I mentioned it, one of their video guys jumped into the conversation and said,