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10-Ninja Moves of Craveable Leaders

I love ninjas! Those guys you never know are there, but before you know it they can mess you up! Leader ninjas, are the ones that aren’t loud or proud, but powerful and able to guard you and build you.

They Watch

They aren’t quick to move, only when absolutely necessary. They generally watch very closely to see what their best move should be.

They Run

They don’t engage on every front. They aren’t proud, thinking they have to win every battle, they have the humility to bow out when the the outcome doesn’t adversely effect the mission.

They Jump [Read more...]

5-Q’s Your Team Needs to Answer

It’s so easy for a team to become fragmented and lose focus and effectiveness. We continue to check all the boxes, talk about our numbers and vision, but frankly all of that may be…Old and tired! We have to be in a state of mind where we constantly question, and adjust.

One of the best and simplest ways I found to do that is to ask the right questions, and let the team come to a united mind and purpose. We need to answer these five on a consistant basis…

Why are we doing “This”

If we begin with the why, it draws boundaries, and we can quickly recognize an element that is out of place. Knowing and starting with the Why will give fuel to the vision and direction.

What Must we do

Knowing the “What” drives home and clarifies conviction and calling. It identifies our core values and gives shape to what our church or organization should look like

What Must get Done

This question puts accountability into play. It makes us place metrics in place to know if we are winning, playing or not even showing up.

How are we going to do it

This forces systems and practices into place. One churches how will not look like another. We put the how in place for our Culture, Community and Context. The key…Make sure we are getting done what must be done.

Who is going to do it

Knowing how every team members responsibility is directly tied to the success as a whole is vital! Every activity that is needed in the “How” must be assigned to the right person and team. Seeing this will give clarity to the fact, no one, or no single component can stand alone.

These questions are simple, but if asked with the right mind set and conviction, they will help recognize deficiencies and aid in crafting a new simple more effective strategy.

 

3-Things I wish I knew 3-years ago about Vision

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Vision. We all talk about it. Its importance, it’s power, it’s ability to draw people and resources. But some lessons associated with vision will never come from the mouths of  others, you may hear them, but you will have to EXPERIENCE them. Once you see them, they will always remain etched in your soul… [Read more...]

Give them FIRE not just Wood!

In order for those on our team to “Finish Well”, they will need to catch our passion. Passion fuels the journey to accomplish the vision.

So…

Establish Vision

Time with God, hearing and listening to others.

Ignite Passion

Give time for the vision to move from their heads to their hearts! The vision is just “wood.” The fire in your heart over time should ignite the vision, the “wood” you have communicated.

Give Direction

This is the not so fun stuff. Like, reading, praying, fasting and others disciplines that many will fall away from if they are not continually pointed toward the vision, fueled with fire and passion!

Give them FIRE not just WOOD! The Kingdom is changed by such as these!

5-Ways to Always BE Ready

“Always Be ready, then you never have to get ready.”

That was a quote from Kenny Miles, a running back for the University of South Carolina. When asked how he performed so well when called upon at the last minute.

He said his dad always taught him that principle. That everyday he should work hard to be ready at any time, because he would never know when he would be called on. [Read more...]