Moving the Needle, When the Needle is Stuck

Is one of your leadership dashboard needles stuck? The international department of the Willow Creek Association recently came together and said that, as part of our 2017 plan, we wanted to move the needle of our team’s culture. As a team we spent hours coming up with a picture of what an even healthier team…

4 Measurements Leaders Need to Weigh, not Count

Leaders measure. It’s part of what we do. It’s in our “DNA”. We want to know how many, how much, how often, how far and how fast. But effective leaders also know that in addition to these metrics which require counting, there are also vital indicators that require WEIGHING. They know that while counting tells you some important information,…

Two Unmistakable Marks Left by Effective Leadership

Leadership always leaves a mark. Every time. You can spot the distinctive marks left behind when effective leadership has been present. And learning to recognize and develop these marks is an important way for any leader to grow and develop. On a recent trip with Bill Hybels through Latin America, two of those distinctive leadership…

“I Was Wrong” vs “I Made a Mistake”

“I’m sorry. I made a mistake.” How many times have you heard a leader offer up that kind of explanation for something they’ve done? Got caught fudging the numbers? “I’m sorry. I made a mistake.” Told a blatant lie? “I’m sorry. I made a mistake.” Had an inappropriate relationship? “I’m sorry. I made a mistake.”…