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A Dozen Ways to Kill a Great Idea

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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 …

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Three Prerequisites to Leading Others Well

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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 …

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What Happens When I Fail to Delegate

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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 …

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

Good Idea. Now What? By Charles Lee

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 …

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5 Ways to Encourage Another Leader

Linking Hands

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 …

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7 Promises We Should Make (and Keep) to Volunteers

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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