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A Dozen Ways to Kill a Great Idea

Ever watched a really good idea crash and burn? Me too. Here's some brutal honesty... entire movements have gone down in flames because of boneheaded approaches to good ideas. This isn't to say we can't afford to make mistakes. In fact, the only way to know we're taking risks is to make mistakes. We can't afford not to make them. But we also can't afford to ignore timeless principles of leadership effectiveness. In honor of our most fatal leadership mistakes, here are …

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Three Prerequisites to Leading Others Well

Being loud doesn't make you a leader. Neither does being popular. Leadership is influence, and influence means taking people in a direction they wouldn't otherwise be going - hopefully forward. Ambition isn't enough to qualify you to lead. There is more to the equation. You need to be led before you can really lead. This one is tough for eager leaders, but in order to lead well, you must first be okay with being led. One of the greatest leaders I know who was in charge of …

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What Happens When I Fail to Delegate

Always in the back of my mind is this thought, "Don't be the factor holding back the growth of Grace Hills Church." I believe in John Maxwell's Law of the Lid. So if my leadership is sub-par, and I'm supposed to be at the head of the pack, where does that leave other leaders for whom I am responsible? I need to be keenly aware of my blindspots, which means allowing other leaders, especially my wife, to look and speak into my life. I have some leadership flaws I'm working …

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Good Idea. Now What? Charles Lee Helps Answer This Question

Our Creator designed us to be creative. And out of our inborn creativity come forth plenty of good ideas, but an idea is only as valuable as its successful implementation. In other words, brainstorming is good, but completing ideas is even better. Charles Lee, the founder of the Ideation Consultancy and many other brilliant ideas, helps leaders cross the finish line with well-developed good ideas. In his new book, Good Idea. Now What?, Charles presents a guidebook that is …

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5 Ways to Encourage Another Leader

Everyone needs a Paul and a Timothy (or several of each). That is, we all need to be learning from mentors and mentoring learners. There is always someone ahead of us and always someone just behind us. It is the role and responsibility of a leader to give another leader a lift. So how can we, in a practical way, give another leader a lift? 1. Call a fellow leader on the phone and mentor them without even telling them you're doing it. Just ask them a ton of questions …

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7 Promises We Should Make (and Keep) to Volunteers

We pastors often struggle to ask people to give their time and talent to Jesus. Perhaps we've been rejected before and don't like to hear someone say "no." Perhaps we don't like volunteering ourselves and we transfer our own rebellious attitudes to others. Or perhaps we know, when we make "the big ask," that we're going to exhaust another servant. If the latter is true, we need to change our volunteer culture. Creating an environment in which people will gladly and readily …

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Don’t Be a Know-It-All Leader

One of the amazing aspects of the structure of Saddleback Church is that there isn't much of an organizational chart to speak of. Some feel frustrated about this, but the reason is that people are empowered to make decisions at the lowest possible level to avoid having to climb any ladders of authority. …

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Are You Leading a Tribe?

Seth Godin wrote a book about Tribes that every Pastor and leader should read. It's all about leadership, but it skips past all the corporate, motivational, zen stuff and gets down to the root of the issue... It turns out that it's tribes, not money, not factories, that can change our world... ~ Seth Godin …

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10 Reasons Why Humility is Vital to Great Leadership

Quickly think of five common traits of high-impact leaders... good time management, assertiveness, drive, energy, charisma, etc. Humility rarely lands in the list when it comes to our modern, top-down management systems. But Jesus (the greatest leader ever) and Moses (perhaps the second) had this one thought in mind - great leaders don't have power over people, but power under people by way of humility. …

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Fifteen Random, But Inspiring Leadership Thoughts

I've been thinking a lot about leadership this evening, and what a privilege influence is. Rather than carefully craft a lengthy article about a single topic, I thought I'd spill out everything I've been pondering and let you sort it out. Here are some random leadership thoughts to get your inner leader's juices flowing... Everybody leads somebody whether they intend to or not. Somebody's always watching you. Leadership isn't about being great, but building great …

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