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7 Easy Ways to Encourage Innovation on Your Team

Most leaders want to lead an innovative organization. If you are like me, you don't necessarily have to be the first to do something new, but you don't want to be years behind either. As conservative as we might be, as long as we remain true to our core values, we still want to be "cutting edge" to some degree. We certainly don't want to be stuck in the last decade

Great Leaders Develop a Leadership Vocabulary

I'll never forget in my first church when a very Christlike deacon pulled me aside and offer me some advice in leading a church. I had been a leader in the business world a long time, but this was new for me. He helped me in ways which are being realized even today in how I lead in the church.

3 Ways Silence is Misdiagnosed on a Team

Good communication is so important on a team. Equally important, if the team is to be healthy, is that everyone on the team has their thoughts and opinions heard. I am a firm advocate that everyone on the team should have a vital role. It's why I write so much about delegation and empowerment. If a leader believes in someone enough to have them on the team then they should believe that person brings something unique and valuable to the team.

Nigeria's Forgotten Christians

Almost nobody knows what's happening to the Christians of Nigeria - but even fewer care. Here's why we should. In Nigeria, which is Africa's most populous country, Christians don't have time to worry about culture wars. They're too busy facing a real one instigated by their Muslim neighbors and by a government that has studiously decided to look the other way. The scope of the violence is so vast as to be almost beyond belief, so let me first give you a snapshot of what's happening on the ground.

10 Problems with Doing the Best You Know How To Do

Years ago in a company we owned, there was a young man who worked for me who had tremendous potential. I believed in him so much I personally invested in him and paid special attention to him. I thought his future with our company was worth the extra time. Sadly, he never measured up to my expectations and we ended up having to part ways.

7 Ways to Help a New Staff Member Succeed

I recently received the following message from a pastor friend: "I have a new full-time associate pastor starting next week. What suggestions would you give for getting such a person off to a great start?" What a great question! I'm so glad someone is actually asking it.

3 Critical Ways Every Leader Must Spend Time

Time is one of the greatest assets of any leader. Learning to balance a leader's time effectively is often a key in determining the level of success the leader attains. In my experience, every leader has three critical segments where they must invest their time on a regular basis. It also seems to me leaders tend to do one of these especially well, so by default they spend most of their time on that one - often to the neglect of the other two.

3 Examples of Being a Leader For a Season

I am frequently contacted when someone is debating the right time to leave a leadership position. I once wrote 10 Scenarios to Determine If It's Time to Quit. It's still one of my more requested blog topics. Deciding when it is time to leave a leadership position is one of the hardest decisions a leader makes. Thankfully, there are still leaders with a sense of loyalty, who want to do the right thing, and they simply do not know how or when they should leave. If you want to see long-term success in the place where you lead, you need longer-term tenure.

The Most Successful Organizations Empower People to Think

Several years ago I had problems with my cable service. I made numerous phone calls and several trips to the company; all in an attempt to correct the problem while politely obeying what I was told to do. I realize as a pastor my community reputation is on the line and so I try to be extremely respectful in dealings with the public - even when I'm frustrated. (Actually, I am reminded it's Biblical to guard the tongue.)

7 Things Which Weaken Good Leadership

There are times I'm a better leader than other times. Sometimes this is my fault. Other times the cause is unavoidable. If we can begin to identify what interrupts the effectiveness of our leadership, we can become better leaders. I have personally experienced some things in my own life whigh weaken my leadership. One of my goals is to consistently find ways to guard against them.

When Joy Overflowed in a Wealth of Generosity: Some Reflections on 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

The clearest and most glorious and encouraging passage in the Bible on the dynamics of giving and serving and the spiritual blessings that come with it is found in 2 Corinthians 8. I simply cannot overstate how significant this text has been in challenging and changing my life, in particular my understanding of the source and sustaining energy of joy and how it enables us to serve others to the glory of God.

7 Ways to Fuel Creative Thoughts When You’re Stuck

I'm an idea guy. No on has ever accused me of not having an original thought. Most of the time the opposite is more accurate. The teams I lead usually fight overload with the number of ideas I produce. I have to discipline myself to "unthink" and give teams I lead permission to tell me when something is a bad idea. But, even idea people have lulls in their creative process. We grow stagnant. Get bored. Need help spurring thought. So, how do idea people get new and original ideas? How do you spur creativity when you're stuck in routines or can't se

Jubilant? Despondent? How God’s people should Respond to the Election Results

he election is over.Finally, the popups, the stuffed mailboxes and nonstop advertisements can disappear and we can get back to living life.A little less than 0ne-half of our nation is suffering disappointment, and another large percentage is completely thrilled. Another large percentage is uneasy with the results.Let me speak to all sides.As a follower of Christ, I offer prayers of blessing upon our new government and our new leaders. Paul exhorted us to submit to our aut …