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Expanding Your Brain—The Daily Practice of Absorbing and Processing New Ideas

Uncategorized Dec 09, 2019

One of my favorite quotes is by Oliver Wendell Holmes, who says, “One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Isn’t that fascinating to think about? Every piece of knowledge, every concept, and every creative idea we think about...

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Flextime Leadership: The Generational Shift Towards Softer Schedules

Uncategorized Dec 02, 2019

In the 21st century, we’re seeing more and more organizations move away from the traditional nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday work schedule. On top of the need to staff many organizations during weekends, this is also a result of a cultural shift. No longer are employees set on staying with...

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Painting the Wall: Finding Easy Wins in the Midst of Organizational Change

Uncategorized Nov 25, 2019

Think about your latest home renovation project. It likely took hours of planning, execution, and tweaking to get it just the way you wanted it. Think about the quickest step of the process—the thing that took the least amount of time for the most substantial change. Chances are, it was...

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Pouring the Cement: The Danger of Solidifying Changes Too Early

Uncategorized Nov 18, 2019

Chances are you’ve driven by a construction site and seen a cement truck pouring a new foundation. It’s fascinating to watch. The cement begins as a malleable substance before hardening into something that can last a lifetime.

 In leadership, I like to use this metaphor to refer...

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The Trapeze Artist: Leading Your Team in Navigating Change

As a kid, I loved going to the circus and watching the trapeze artists. You’ve probably seen them, too—limber, athletic men and women who bravely let go of one bar, sail through the air, catch another bar (or another trapeze artist!) and continue gliding above the audience’s...

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Inviting Authenticity

Eliminating the Need for Camouflaging in Your Organization

My mom is a very strong leader and a strong personality. She’s amazing. She ran the praise team at our church; played piano; organized the kids music — I mean, she did a lot. But I vividly remember that, whenever she had to...

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Decreasing Competition

How Recruiting More Female Leaders Actually Leads to Less Competition

Over the decades, women have gotten a bad reputation for being competitive. Think of the comedies you’ve seen involving women who work together: they may have cat fights; a queen bee might rise up, who monopolizes...

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Communication Cues: Men vs. Women

You’re probably aware that men and women communicate differently; this is a well-known truth. Often, however, we don’t take time to consider exactly how men and women communicate differently. When we look at communication styles on a specific level, we find that the cues each gender...

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Bias Impacts Both Male and Female Church Leaders

In today’s society, it’s easy to pinpoint others’ biases: we easily spot them in the opposing political party, the opposite gender, other groups who don’t see eye to eye with us. A bias is a prejudice in favor of a certain person, group, or thing. The term denotes an...

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Be Patient and Intentional in Change

Why Intentionality in Making Changes is Critical for Leaders

Church leaders have the unique task of initiating change in their congregations and ministry teams. This isn’t an easy or simple role, especially when challenges and disagreements are a regular part of the change process. Whenever...

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