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There’s a great deal of opinions out there about what leaders should be in their organizations.
At the end of a really intense day of coaching with leaders around the country, I want to add something to this list that you may not have thought about before.
Leaders should be…STORYTELLERS.
I encourage you to keep this in mind as one of the key roles of leadership. Telling the story of what you are trying to see accomplished in the lives of people in a way that can really be understood and remembered is an art that will set you apart from other leaders and move your vision forward.
I want to challenge you THIS WEEK to look for three different types of stories within your ministry organization. Learn more about these types of stories via the link in my profile. #storytelling#linkinprofile 📖
Recently, I was honored to lead a Donor Development Bootcamp at the new Manderley Conference and Retreat Center, a ministry of Renewanation. I’ve long pondered the idea of leading a 3-day intensive effort with the hope of seeing leaders completely transformed in their ability to cast vision, craft a plan, eliminate old bad habits and fears, and unleash their hidden ability to lead people to give generously. This was a major experiment and I wasn’t sure if the bootcamp format would work. But, I was humbled and amazed by the diligent and energetic work of the 50+ leaders who came together for this experience. There is something special about coming together in a beautiful and remote setting, without interruption, and doing the hard work to reinvent yourself and these folks didn’t disappoint. It looks like this may turn into a bi-annual experience, so hit me up via a direct message if you want to be on the invitation list for our next one. Thank you to Renewanation for their big vision and for asking me to serve in this way! #visittennessee#retreat#renewanation#leadership#christianleaders#lead
This is my beautiful mom Linda. Recently we fulfilled a dream trip that we’ve talked about for years. We spent several days together in Knoxville, Tennessee my birthplace and boyhood home. My mom is rarely in the spotlight but is the bedrock of my upbringing. Mom is the epitome of what it means to be a mother who is the ultimate cheerleader and believer for her children. No mother is without her flaws and I’ve learned in recent years that she, like nearly every mom has so many doubts and second thoughts about whether or not she made enough of a difference as a mother to me and my brothers. But, she needn’t fear. I’ve always known my mom believed I could do anything. She knows no greater joy than to hear what I think, what I’m doing, or what adventures or even challenges I’m having. Her great delight in life is seeing her children and spending time with them. I’ve learned from watching her how to place the highest value on growing and cultivating relationships for the long haul. She still has her very first friend of her life and keeps up with nearly everyone she has known for decades via phone, letter, and now text! She loves to laugh until she cries. She loves to cry with joy at being with her friends and family. She weeps for friends now gone to be with the Lord. She prays for people she has never met. And, she has never met a stranger. She reads hymns as part of her devotion time and has for years. The highest compliment she can give you as a leader is that you “Teach the Word.” Her faithfulness through the most tragic and difficult suffering in life is inspiring to all who know her. Her openness to be surprised by God has profoundly affected me and my ability to see God at work in all things. It’s from her that I developed a love for learning, for reading of good books, and years ago planted the seeds of sound financial wisdom. I’m still learning how to be a better son and leader, and she is always loving and patient. I remember when I was very young I watched “Fiddler on the Roof” and asked her if there was anything I could do to cause her to disown me. She has always promised to love me no matter what and she has never failed that promise. #joy#Godatwork
Moving forward on big projects means you must constantly work to become “comfortable” being uncomfortable. Instead of seeking to get more motivated, instead I encourage you to identify the wall that you feel like is most difficult for you to climb over. Is it calling to schedule time with a donor to meet? Is it asking someone to commit and give? Is it having that difficult conversation with a staff member that needs to improve? Identify the wall and then: pray, prepare, and take immediate action. The motivation will come as soon as you take the first step to get moving. #motivation#whatsyourwall#rockclimbing#climbing
Since 2013 at Development & Leadership Coaching we have worked with over a hundred organizations and hundreds of leaders. Remarkably, I rarely ever get to meet any of our clients face to face. So, it’s a special treat when I get to spend time with a leader like Mitch Menning from Salt Lake. He and his wife were driving through St. Louis and asked if I would buy them breakfast (they were hungry). 😉Seriously though, it was special to hear more about their relationship and their adventure driving across country. And of course we had to go to one of my favorite places (and brands) Cracker Barrel. Any of my online peeps if you are in St. Louis and want to have breakfast at Cracker Barrel I’m there!
"Most people measure their happiness in terms of physical pleasure and material possession. Could they win some visible goal which they have set on the horizon, how happy they could be! Lacking this gift or that circumstance, they would be miserable. If happiness is to be so measured, I who cannot hear or see have every reason to sit in a corner with folded hands and weep. If I am happy in spite of my deprivations, if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life, — if, in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing." -Helen Keller
God has put some huge possibilities in front of you. (Get doable tips and encouragement by clicking the link in my bio). #business#serve#vision
Even though I don’t drink Coke, I do love this gift from my wife. She found my name, spelled correctly, on a Coca-cola bottle. It’s pretty awesome having my name featured by a world-class brand. In your organization, look for opportunities to align your work with other world class brands. Remember, birds of a feather flock together so having your brand aligned with other strong brands grows strength, influence, and awareness. Conversely, be protective of your brand as well. Be careful what other brands are associated with your organization...these send subtle but strong signals to others. This principle can work for you or against you.
A key question to ask yourself today...am I doing the right things that I already know how to do? Many of the challenges we face as leaders are not due to shortcomings in our knowledge or skills. Instead, we simply fail to ACT NOW the best way we know how. Taking a “pretty good” step to move forward will overcome “excellence” in standing still like a statue. Every single time.
Got the awesome privilege of taking my youngest son Nathan (almost 15) to see his favorite DJ Deadmau5 in concert. It was earthshaking bass and layers of sound. Too much fun! Experiences like this help us enter each other's world. My favorite thing is to share adventures with my boys! #nofilter#obsesseddad#northcoastmusicfestival#deadmau5
Feeling worn out today? Energy and emotion follows motion. Get moving today. You'll ALWAYS feel better if you do the next hard right thing that you've been putting off.