Leading a church or any ministry that longs to make a kingdom impact in a changing world takes serious leadership game. Without robust skills, strategies, and spiritual authority, ministry will eat your lunch and break your heart.

aboutLEADING is dedicated to lessons from and for the trenches of leadership. In this space you will find ideas, insights, resources, and even the occasional twisted view on the humor of life. Things you can use. It is a resource to help you and those you influence thrive as agents of the kingdom.

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Leadership demands perspective. That ability to see above the fray in order to navigate the present in light of the future. Perspective differentiates leaders from followers and leaders from better leaders. But, here’s the deal. You have to fight for perspective. For twenty years, I have been training leaders on ways to find, sustain, and lead with perspective. Lately, I have been thinking more about what it takes to win that fight.

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Once upon a time, working on a team meant you worked in the same building, bumped into one other in the hallway, and swapped ideas while fighting for the last good donut at the coffee machine. However, the way we work has fundamentally changed. Our working environment is defined by shared digital space more than a physical one.

Even if you and your colleagues officially work in the same building, as often as not, you are sitting in a cafe or logging in from the road. And, even when you are in fact working down the hall from one another, communication and collaboration are conducted through that ethereal reality we call “the cloud.” So, how does a team set itself up to work effectively and collaboratively in a digital and distributed working environment?

In order to thrive, every team that works in a digital space–and I think that’s pretty much everybody–needs three types of collaborative space.

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Have you ever seriously thought about the fact that the way you decorate or arrange a space changes what it feels like to work or meet in that environment. Right now, offices everywhere are decorated with some form of holiday cheer. Unless you are Scrooge himself, you like it and are probably more productive. The nature of the environment changes what happens inside of it. Consider two vastly different experiences I had recently. Two weeks ago I attended a church service in a room that…Continue Reading “Leaders Craft Environments Intentionally”

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One of the keys to a successful sabbatical has nothing to do with what you do on your sabbatical itself, but everything to do with how you transition into and out of it. For twenty years I have watched the best and worst practices of my peers as they have taken sabbaticals, (primarily pastors and leaders of other ministry organizations.) I believe a sabbatical, can be a life-giving experience and it is something I whole-heartedly recommend. However, a sabbatical is not automatically helpful.

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Here is a conundrum. The fastest way to achieve significant organizational change is often by going slowly.

The problem is that leaders live to make things happen. They thrive on taking new ground. They work to move people, ideas, and organizations toward greater accomplishment. In short, leaders are change agents. Slowly and patiently do not come naturally. Leaders resonate with Sammy Hagar’s song, “I Just Can’t Drive 55.”

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Leaders get things done. They don’t merely mobilize others to accomplish great things, they know how to work hard and are willing to keep their head down to do whatever it takes. The only problem is that if you keep your nose to the grindstone too long, you get blood in your eyes. The ability to lead with sustained creativity and clarity requires time and space for reflection.

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