Tag Archives: Relationships

5 Ways Christian Leaders Should Respond To Enemies And Critics

One of the worst days of my life as a young leader and human being was when I faced the harsh reality that not everyone liked me.  I remember every detail about that moment.  Being blindsided by the criticism hurt me deeply and quite frankly, still does to this day when I hear similar things. […]

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The Top 10 Leadership Posts I Read The Week Of June 3rd

The following are the Top 10 Leadership Posts I read the week of June 3rd.  There is something here for everyone – humor, marriage, relationships, profiles of some of today’s best business thinkers, and both inspiring and difficult posts about Southern Baptist churches. Take time to read each one and tell me your thoughts. Is […]

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8 Practices Of Highly Disliked Leaders

Leaders often struggle with the issue of whether being liked by their direct reports is important or not.  I personally believe it is because those on your team not only have to be ABLE to help you, they must also WANT to help you for your organization to thrive.  Otherwise, they will do the bare minimum necessary causing your leadership to be short-lived. Recently, […]

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What I Learned Sitting Beside A Muslim On An Airplane For Two Hours

This past week I was flying to Houston, TX.  Normally when I fly I just like to read or catch up on work.  I rarely if ever speak to who I am sitting next to.  I really don’t know why.  I just don’t.  My plan for this flight was to be no different. As we taxied […]

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14 Leadership Lessons Pastors And Church Leaders Can Learn From The Most Creative People In Business

In their June 2012 edition, Fast Company magazine identifies their Top 100 Most Creative People In Business.  The following are thoughts and insights from many of those listed.  They are making me re-think certain aspects of local church leadership. I would be interested in hearing from pastors and church leaders on the application of these ideas. Motivation […]

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9 Leadership Quotes and Lessons From Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

I love the Mission Impossible series.  They are absolutely fun, full of special effects and action, plenty of stuff blows up, basically implausible, and just plain entertaining.  The fourth installment of the Tom Cruise series, Ghost Protocol, is no exception.  With the dvd being released this Tuesday, I wanted to re-visit my thoughts on the film […]

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10 Areas I Need To Improve As A Husband

Last night my family went out for what was to be a nice, quiet dinner at a local pizza restaurant.  Unfortunately we sat in a booth next to a couple arguing…very loudly. Here is what I picked up: The man had left his wife and kids. The lady was in counseling. He wanted to discuss the […]

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The 25 Greatest Leadership Quotes On Cross-Cultural, Multi-Racial, Multi-Generational Ministry I’ve Ever Heard

Today I was exposed to the finest teaching on effectively delivering cross-cultural, multi-racial, and multi-generational ministry that I’ve ever heard from Pastor Derwin Gray of the incredible Transformation Church located in Rock Hill, SC.  Pastor Gray is an absolutely AMAZING leader!!!  As a former NFL player and now pastor, he is being used by God to serve others and transform the way we view those around us, especially […]

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How God Gave My Family A Miracle

In six months I will be celebrating my 10th anniversary at Injoy Stewardship Solutions.  I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about the events that resulted into my being hired at this wonderful organization that helps fund vision for church leaders. In 2002,  my wife and I were deeply committed to her being a […]

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15 Reasons Leaders Should Practice Forgiveness

I’ve been thinking a lot about forgiveness and its role in leadership lately.  Leaders are high achievers and demand excellence from those they surround themselves with.  And even more than excellence, leaders demand loyalty. But what happens when loyalty is violated and trust is lost.  Can it be regained?  I think it can if the […]

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