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...
Visual processors

Visual processors

I’ve been writing a series on my blog about how different people process their thoughts differently. So far I’ve covered audio processors– who process through talking and listening– and what I call artistic/experiential processers– who...
Artistic and experiential processers

Artistic and experiential processers

Yesterday on my blog I wrote about how some people are audio processers. They need to be able to talk– and hear themselves talk– to process their thinking. Others tend to be experiential or artistic processers. Some find that drawing pictures or diagrams...
From ideas to action – different ways people process

From ideas to action – different ways people process

Every person you coach is different. One important difference is how they process ideas. Some are audio processors. They think best out loud, and talking is the way they process their ideas. As they talk, they gain greater clarity and insight, which then results in...
Permission vs. ownership

Permission vs. ownership

A critical mistake many pastors make is they assume that if they get their governing board to give permission or approval, they’ve won the battle. It’s true that governing board permission is needed for certain initiatives, but the more critical issue isn’t...
Practical help for leading change

Practical help for leading change

When people have a clear goal in mind of where they’re trying to go, they often don’t realize how many factors are involved in whether that change will become a reality or not. If the change is something big, then it’s likely not something you’re doing by yourself....
A visionary board report?

A visionary board report?

I used my board report very strategically when I was a pastor. I would include all of the standard items: reporting on progress, celebrating successes, recognizing challenges. Then about three quarters of the way down the report, I’d slip in a throw-away line. I’d...
Avoiding an ambush

Avoiding an ambush

When you’re processing people, I’ve found it’s always a good idea to separate the discussion from the decision. In the church I used to pastor, we had certain decisions that needed to be taken to the congregation– the approval of our budget and so on. What I...
The meeting before the meeting

The meeting before the meeting

Every meeting is really three meetings:  The meeting before the meeting, the meeting itself, then the meeting after the meeting. Very often when I’m coaching people, their first instinct when they want to accomplish something is to bring it up at the meeting and get a...