what are people looking for

What are you looking for?  Professionally?  Personally?  I heard once that there are three things that drive a person to a higher level of performance.  These are three things that every person is looking for, whether they are aware of it or not. What are people looking for? The threeRead More →

listen to be heard

Effective communications are critical at this time.  That, along with empathy, are identified as the two most important leadership traits needed in a crisis.  When it comes to effective communications, sometimes you have to listen to be heard.  How’s that? Can you imagine a more stressful role than being theRead More →

Accountability - Solve It

We are in the midst of a four-part series on accountability.  This week, we look at the third step, following the principles from “The Oz Principle“, by Roger Connors, Tom Smith, and Craig Hickman.  I’ve covered the first two steps, “See It” and “Own It“.  “Solve it” should seem easyRead More →

What can you learn from a whitewater expedition?  Much, I say.  I was reminded of this as I was listening to the Joshua Gagnon podcast and the leadership team was recounting stories from a teambuilding canoe trip their church leaders had taken.  As I was listening to them talk, IRead More →

I remember a definition I once heard of auditors.  It was said that they came in after the battle and shoot the wounded.  (My apologies to all of the auditors out there.)   Recently the term came up again.  It was used in terms of a leader that comes in afterRead More →

proactively handling conflict in teams

Most teams have some forms of conflict in them.  It’s just a fact of life.  Where people are involved, there will be some conflict.  Whether it’s egos, conflicting personalities or competition, something will get in the way of productivity.  The idea of proactively handling conflict in teams is something everyRead More →