How to Get the Best Out of Those You Lead

Here is a small post that can pay huge dividends in your leadership: Papa John’s Founder, John Schnatter made this observation: “I’ve always found that people who struggle are hard on others, but those who do well in life are hard on themselves.” I believe in high expectations. I believe you should expect the best of yourself and of others.

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Making Multi-Generational and Cross-Cultural Connections

Maximized Leadership: Making Multi-Generational and Cross-Cultural Connections Is your organization struggling with a generation or culture gap? Has the community changed over the past years bringing the challenges of a growing cultural diversity? These two challenges have much in common. People naturally find themselves more effective as leaders among those in the same life stage and from the same cultural

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Stop What You Are Doing!

Maximized Leadership: Stop What You Are Doing! I once read an interesting metaphor describing church strategies. It noted that Dakota tribal wisdom says: “When you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”  However, churches often find themselves trying other strategies.  Consider the following ten ways that churches and organizations deal with the problem of

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Maximized Leadership: A Good Idea?

You may recall a Fed-Ex commercial from a couple of years ago where a business has it’s team seated around a conference table discussing ideas on how to stream-line costs. The executive at the head of the table opens up the floor for discussion and brainstorming. A junior team member meekly throws out the idea that opening an account with

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Will Your Children Be Attending Church When They Are Adults?

Maximized Leadership: Will Your Children Be Attending Church When They Are Adults? I love to talk about leadership and get great joy in helping people to progress in their skills. If you ever doubt that you possess leadership responsibilities you need only look to your children to realize that you certainly do. Leadership is essentially the ability to influence others

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Are You Setting The Tone?

Maximized Leadership: Are You Setting The Tone? Be the person that you desire for your children to become. Great advice for parents, don’t you think? You must model for your children the behaviors, attitudes, and values that you hold dear. What would you think of the parent that opted to write them on a list and post them on the

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Deadly Opinions

Dixie Chicks? Does that sound familiar? It does if you are a fan of country music. Just over a decade ago they were the darlings of the country music industry. The group consisted of three attractive, talented, country stars who produced hit after hit. They were riding high until their lead singer decided to make a political comment. Certainly she

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DEADLY SILENCE!

MAXIMIZED LEADERSHIP: DEADLY SILENCE! Any questions?     Are we all on the same page?      Any objection?      All agreed?      Do we have consensus? Perhaps you have been in a meeting that concluded with that question or something very similar. There were no questions. Everyone subtlety nods their head. No objections are registered. That is…until you get on to the elevator or back

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Four Barriers You Must Overcome to Engage a Younger Generation

Maximized Leadership: Four Barriers You Must Overcome to Engage a Younger Generation My first grandchild is due in the next month. In other words, it can happen at any time. I am obviously pregnant with anticipation. I have received some insight as I began entry into this next stage of my life which actually began bubbling up in the past

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