The benefits of wandering

The benefits of wandering

As I’ve read the Bible, one of the things I notice is that many of the people featured in its pages spend considerable amounts of time wandering around or trying to figure out what direction they should be going: Moses wandering with his people through the wilderness,...
Dealing with pushback on new initiatives

Dealing with pushback on new initiatives

You’ve had this happen before. You’ve just finished explaining a new initiative to your group of leaders and you can feel the pushback beginning. “If we don’t do it the way we used to, it won’t work.” “What will this even look like?” “I don’t know if we have enough...
Catch before you pitch

Catch before you pitch

One of the mistakes leaders frequently make is that they pitch their idea or solution before they’ve prepared people to be able to respond.  Leaders often will see ahead of others that there’s a problem or need. They pre-think the solution, then gather people into a...
An outside perspective

An outside perspective

It may be counter-intuitive, but sometimes even when you know precisely what needs to happen, it takes outside perspective to increase the leverage for change. As Jesus said, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home” Matthew 13:57....
Directions for the future

Directions for the future

Every few years I engage in the painful– yet ultimately rewarding and productive– process of updating my website. Now is that season. Not only am I redesigning the site, but I’m coordinating how I do my blog, tweets, and newsletters. So you’ll see some...