Outstanding Organizations Are Known for Being Fast!

Outstanding organizations are known for being fast. That does not mean they are “sloppy” with their work or that they are not deliberate in decision making. But people are drawn to them because they get good service and get it in a timely manner. When I am in a restaurant, I love my meal to be freshly prepared. But, I […]

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Mission Trumps Position

Does the name Babe Ruth ring a bell? The avid sports fan certainly knows who that is. Even the less acquainted are likely aware that he held the Major League Baseball record for home runs for almost forty years before being surpassed by Hank Aaron. During the three years prior to Ruth’s dramatic hitting career, a young pitcher on the […]

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Principles to Assist with Problems – Part 2

Last week I shared two principles to assist with the problems that you face as a leader. First, we looked at the Principle of the Triage: You cannot solve a problem that you do not know how to diagnose. Secondly, we looked at The Principle of the Emergency Room: Though the wait is long, and the bill is high, the […]

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Principles to Assist with Problem-Solving – Part One

Are you facing any problems in your leadership? In your organization? On your team? Of course, you are. If there were no problems, there would be no need for leadership. Problems are perpetual, typical, aggravating, but not always normal and not all are unavoidable. Leaders are problem solvers. If you dig deep you will discover that the most effective leaders […]

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Seven Messages for Church Leaders

I have been honored over the past seven-plus months to serve as the interim Lead Pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, Georgia. This is my home church and it was great to preach before family and friends each week. I preached several messages during the course of the interim that speaks to issues relevant to church leadership. I wanted […]

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What Happens When People Don’t Hear Back – Re-Post

“I’ll give you a call by the end of the week.” “I’m going to take you to lunch soon.” “I’ll get that info to you by the end of the day.” “I’ll sit down with you and we can talk it through.” Have you ever let someone down? I know that I have and I’m not proud of it. But […]

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Four Layers of Communication That Effective Leaders Attend To

“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Those were the infamous words of “The Captain” (prison warden) in the 1967 classic “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman. It is often repeated by leaders and team members in any organization. Communication is the hub around which all elements of organizational leadership are built. When done well the wheels of […]

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Equipping Your Team in Drips

Leaders who do not invest time in training those who serve on their team take the greatest of risks. What team members do, how they do it, and when they do it is left to their own imagination. Effective leaders take the initiative to equip members, to “coach them up,” to inspire them, and to increase their skills. The result […]

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How Do You Lead When Everything is Moving Backwards?

I have been very honored and blessed to lead teams, organizations, churches, and ministries to grow and thrive. It is rewarding and thrilling when you take steps forward. Even the flops are not quite as damaging when you are taking five or ten steps forward for every step backward. Those are times to be thankful for. However, I have been […]

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