4 Keys for Leading in a Crisis

Earlier this month, members of our team set out to gather in Chicago to videotape elements for this fall’s Global Leadership Summit. And in the midst of this project I had a front row seat for a clinic in crisis leadership. Gregg Cochrane (who happens to be my…

An Easy Fix to a Leader’s Most Common Communication Challenge

Leadership is all about communication. Moving a group of people, or an entire church, to a preferred future requires the ability to leverage effective communication to stir people to action. This is why leaders can become easily frustrated when their persuasive words don’t seem to ignite the desired change in behavior. “Surely,” a leader will…

5 Ways Great Meetings Can Drive Your Organization Forward

It has become increasingly fashionable for leaders to say, “I just hate going to all these meetings!” And while it’s true that a poorly led meeting can indeed be a waste of time, effectively leveraged meetings can provide you with at least five irreplaceable opportunities: 1.   In a…

4 Times When a Leader Needs to Just Chill Out

Should you ever rant and rave to make a point? Should you ever exhibit signs of outrage to provoke action? Should you ever “read the riot act” to change group behavior? The short answer is “yes…but rarely”. Passion and urgency are indeed among the tools a leader must…

The Most Important Work of a Church Elder

A funny thing happened on the way to the elders meeting at church this week. We didn’t have “quorum.” The dictionary defines “quorum” as: The minimal number of officers and members of a committee or organization, usually a majority, who must be present for valid transaction of business. Without quorum it meant no motions. No…