Feb 04, 2019

A strategic exercise for every team or organizational leader in seven steps


Leaders assume that they know what they are doing. And in a general sense that is probably true. It is easy, however, to be so general in our direction that we miss the opportunities that a laser like focus could provide. General direction yields general results while focused direction yields focused results. So how do we move from the first to the second.

There is a simple strategic exercise that...
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Sep 25, 2018

When there is not adequate organizational clarity


If there is one thing that many organizations lack it is crystal clear clarity about who they are, what they want to accomplish and how they are going to get there. This is especially true of non-profits and ministries as the profit motive is not the driving factor. In fact, clarity is the glue that holds the organization together as it grows. In my consulting with numerous non-profits I have...
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Jul 16, 2016

Good leaders focus, notice but don't always fix


Good leaders are always focused - on a few critical areas that if they do not drive themselves the organization will not thrive and move forward. This is not as easy as it sounds. First one has to determine what those few critical areas are. Second, it takes a great deal of discipline for leaders to focus and not be distracted by many lesser things that need to wait so that the critical issues are...
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Jul 09, 2016

Our personal joy and happiness are always a matter of focus


There is one critical difference between those people who live with great happiness and those who live with great unhappiness. The former focus on the blessings in their lives while the latter focus on the deficits in their lives. It is a matter of focus and it makes the difference between a life of joy and a life of unhappiness.

Our personal happiness is not dependent on our life circumstances....
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Jun 26, 2016

Simplicity and clarity are a leader's best friend

Leaders who communicate with simplicity and clarity achieve more because their staff don't need to guess at the direction. Simplicity and clarity win over complicated and convoluted every day. If you cannot tweet your truth it is too complicated.

There are many smart people but fewer who can communicate with such clarity that they can mobilize others. Good leaders have the gift of taking complexity...
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Jun 14, 2016

The power of clarity in focusing and retaining good staff


In the busyness of everything we do in any organization it is easy to lose sight of the real reason we exist and the mission that we have. But no matter what kind of organization you are a part of, clarity about who we are and why we exist becomes a far more important catalyst (if present) or hindrance (if absent) in ways that we might not realize.

Consider three ways that clarity or its lack...
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Aug 18, 2015

Missional and organizational clarity is like a fresh wind of hope

I meet many ministry staff who love what they do and are committed to making a difference but who are deeply discouraged by the lack of direction within their organization. One such individual wrote to me this week deeply frustrated. She indicated that while she has tried to convince her ministry partner on the need for greater clarity the response is always, "If God want's us to have more...
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