85% of Success is Rooted Here…

A Carnegie Foundation study once showed that only 15 percent of success could be attributed to job knowledge and technical skills. Eighty-five percent of a person’s success is determined by what researchers called ability to deal with people and attitude. The concept holds whether you serve in business, ministry, education, or public service. It is true of male and female,

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Do You Have What it Takes to be a Macro-Leader?

“There is no future in any job. The future lies in the person who holds the job.” – John Maxwell Leadership exists on multiple levels. You can lead your family, lead your team, lead a small group, or lead people to go through a buffet line. Leading a larger group or organization calls for a higher level of skill, knowledge,

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The Upside and Downside of Long Tenure

I am approaching twenty years of service at the Georgia Baptist Mission Board in a few months and preceded that with fourteen plus years in a local church. I am somewhat familiar with long tenure. As I approach the milestone of twenty years, I am having a conversation with myself. I do not want to be that person that hangs

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The Time Has Arrived For #Reachingnextgen

The official launch of u2019 will begin at the annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention in November. u2019 is all about leaders of churches choosing to reach the next generation. You will begin to frequently see videos, hear challenges, receive instruction, and be encouraged with the focus on #reachingnextgen.   The official launch is in November. The vision was

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The Main Reason You May Feel Burned Out

Dear fellow leaders and workers; Since you work so hard accomplishing your tasks day by day, I thought you might appreciate a little humor to launch your week.  Did you know… The population of the United States now stands at 326 million. One hundred and fourteen million are over 60 years of age, which leaves 212 million to do most

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Six Ways Leaders Excel Beyond Their Natural Abilities

You have, no doubt, often heard of the term “life-long learner.” Yes, it is true that effective leaders never stop growing and learning. Most, but not all, have degrees, but their education does not end when diplomas are dispensed. And, yes, their experience is a vital part of their perpetual growth. However, effective leaders never stop stretching themselves intellectually. The

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Is Your Small Group a House Boat or a Fishing Boat?

When [Jesus] had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4 I suppose you are familiar with this story. You may recall how Jesus got into Simon Peter’s boat and pushed back a short distance from the shore to teach the multitude of people who had gathered.

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Seven Ways Leaders Frustrate Their Followers

Do you have “Frustrated Followers”? Sometimes you can do the right thing or make the right decision and still frustrate your team members. However, you want the frustrations they experience to be the exception rather than the rule. Frustrated followers will ultimately under-produce, walk away, or undermine the leader whether intentionally or unintentionally. John Maxwell, in his book Developing the

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