Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who you think you are matters more than you probably realize because, ultimately, you will become the person you believe yourself to be. There is that scene where Eeyore looks at his reflection in a pool of water and exclaims, “Pathetic.” Then he wanders...
Have a Better Year By Embracing the Process

Have a Better Year By Embracing the Process

New Year’s is magical for most of us. January 1 holds almost mystical powers for us. It’s okay. It’s a new year. All the stuff I wrecked and messed up this year is now in the past. And everything I meant to do but didn’t will certainly get accomplished this time...
20 Signs You’re Suffering from Leadership Burnout

20 Signs You’re Suffering from Leadership Burnout

The best solutions to the world’s worst problems will flow from healthy, Christlike, kingdom-minded leaders who initiate transformation around them through the power of love. But Christlike, kingdom-minded leaders are burning out. And as they do, the...
To Reach Your Big Goals, Do the Little Daily Things

To Reach Your Big Goals, Do the Little Daily Things

Diana Scharf said, “Goals are dreams with deadlines.” Goals are great, but what really matters are the habits we form and keep in order to reach those goals. In fact, when you’re developing and living out the right habits, your goals become almost...
Leading with a Strut vs. Leading with a Limp

Leading with a Strut vs. Leading with a Limp

Jacob, the Patriarch of the tribes of Israel in the Hebrew scriptures, had all the makings of a great mafia boss. He knew how to scheme and manipulate and control people in ways that served him and his family above all else. Then he had twelve sons, all of whom had...
You Are UP to the Task Whether You Feel Like It or Not

You Are UP to the Task Whether You Feel Like It or Not

Deep in the heart of every leader I’ve ever met lurks a daunting question that casts a shadow over every major challenge we ever face: Am I up to this? When I went to take the test for my driver’s license… When I enrolled in college… When I...
How to Cultivate Authenticity In Your Leadership Culture

How to Cultivate Authenticity In Your Leadership Culture

Be real with people, or be prepared to lose them. It’s hard. As Pastor Rick Warren wrote once, we all fight against three particular fears: the fear that we will be exposed for who we truly are the fear that we will be rejected the fear that we will be hurt...
5 Ways to Spend Your Leadership Equity Wisely

5 Ways to Spend Your Leadership Equity Wisely

When you walk into a leadership opportunity, you go with a little bit of equity by virtue of your position and the inevitable honeymoon period during which those you lead will let you get by with just a bit more than they will a decade later. But you have to be very...
It’s Time – We’re Stepping Away from Grace Hills Church

It’s Time – We’re Stepping Away from Grace Hills Church

At this time ten years ago, Angie and I were just beginning to dream and plan for the planting of Grace Hills Church. We had walked through some brokenness and had found within our staff and small group communities at Saddleback Church a great deal of healing. It was...

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