The key to a healthy organizational culture from Sinek and HBR // BLOG
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After lunch, I sat down and skim read Simon Sinek’s book, Leaders Eat Last, in a colleague’s office. I immediately ordered it. Simon’s key element is the idea of creating a circle of safety, something which I believe is the key element in healthy churches, small group dynamics, child rearing, and helping young people to develop a faith that lasts, … more

What can leaders do when stress diminishes our ability to effectively lead? // BLOG
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I read the article, “Asking Whether Leaders Are Born or Made Is the Wrong Question,” in the Harvard Business Review today, which focused on leadership prediction (http://ow.ly/uCluo). Connson Chou Locke (@connsonlocke) writes, “It seems that stress makes people behave in unpredictable–and perhaps less intelligent–ways.” This is so true. The short article is worth the read, but the point that jumped … more

Preventing others from being LEFT out of the loop // BLOG
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Don’t ask me why I thought this, but one day I asked myself, “What if I thought like a left-handed person about everything?” Living in a right-hand dominated world has been tough for lefties. In fact, history shows that lefties were spanked to try make them into right-handed “normal” people. They were forced to use the proper hand! What a … more

Lencioni’s “The Advantage” will guide you to put your finger on what’s been missing for your organization :: BLOG
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Some books must be read more than 1x. “The Advantage” by Lecioni IS THAT BOOK!!!! It’s about making the organizational “tree” healthy so the fruit is good, not vise versa. Organizational health is more important than organizational smarts, strategies, vision, etc. It’s about how a company, a church, a university, or a family must focus first and foremost on creating … more

Isn’t it unfair that it takes so long to rebuild trust after it’s lost? BLOG
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Trust and Restoration I tweeted a quote from Dr. Don Green at the Leadership Conference at Lincoln Christian University on Feb 15: “It takes years to develop trust, a moment to destroy it. Then it would take a lifetime to rebuild it.” It was in reference to the high responsibility that we as leaders must take in being good leaders … more