The intentional leader

The intentional leader

Here’s one thing I have discovered about leaders in any culture: They’re just a bit more intentional and strategic than the other folks. I watched a leader in Honduras who had a very relaxed way of making connections with people. He’d drop by, talk for a while. In the...
If you don’t learn, you don’t teach

If you don’t learn, you don’t teach

When I was in Honduras, I discovered that they define “learning” as something you actually put into practice, not as knowledge. That’s how they structure their training: 75% is practice, while only 25% is input. They figure– rightly, I think– that it’s...
On-ramps for bringing people on-board

On-ramps for bringing people on-board

I live in Pasadena near the oldest freeway in the country– the 110. In the oldest section of that freeway, they have stop signs just before you enter the freeway. There’s a stop sign, then you have literally 50 feet to get onto the freeway. You have to sit there...
Vineyard movement: Everybody gets to play

Vineyard movement: Everybody gets to play

Everybody gets to play– that’s one of my favorite sayings from the Vineyard movement. But here’s a question: If everybody gets to play, where’s the playbook? What are the little pieces that you can help people with so they can participate more easily? Here are...
Video clip training

Video clip training

A while back I was thinking of ways to make training more easily reproducible, and I came up with the idea of video clip training. Basically, you identify the material you need to cover and break it down into little units. Do a 3-5 minute video clip for each unit to...
Intentionalizing the spontaneous

Intentionalizing the spontaneous

I began coaching a leader in a growing organization recently and he came to an important realization: what had been working for leadership development and discipleship in the past wasn’t working as well anymore. Some of the dynamics had changed since the organization...