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How to Build Trust in Your Organization

February 15, 2010

We talked about basic management issues.  Now we need to unpack the issue that is the absolute foundation of all relationships: trust. Everything about organizations, about communication, managing, teams, you name it, is built on trust. Have you ever noticed that it takes time to build trust in the workplace? As a corollary to this, […]

The Basics: Motivation

January 28, 2010

Motivate the Players Let me say it plain and simple:  You must focus on people’s strengths. In other words, you must let them become more of who they already are. That goes contrary to most management thinking that says, Identify the weaknesses, then coach them, threaten them, send them to workshops, whatever, to make sure […]

The Basics: Part 2

January 14, 2010

The Focus of Great Managers             Let’s switch over to some points that Marcus Buckingham makes (First, Break All the Rules). He used to work for the Gallup organization which has done some important research into good management practices.             Remember, we’re trying to get the pieces that are critical to building a work environment […]

Management 101: The Basics, Part 1

January 11, 2010

The Nitty-Gritty Let’s begin with a quiz: • An employee tends to stay with an organization because of that organization’s reputation and the generous benefits package she receives. True or False • As a manager, you need to spend most of your time with your under-performing employees, to bring them up to speed. True or […]

Part 1: An Introduction to Church Management

January 5, 2010

For the past number of years I have been working with churches and coaching pastors, attempting to help them establish better management practices. What I found, over and over again, was the fact that ministers have been trained to be theologically competent, and be able to navigate the scriptures and craft understandable sermons. But when […]

Don’t Save the Congregation – Rediscover the Unique & Compelling Mission

September 28, 2009

The story is well known in many churches across America.  Churches that were once large and effective are in decline.  Attendance is down.  Money is down.  People have circled the wagons for survival to stave off the congregation’s demise.  The goal is survival:  more people in the pews, more money in the bank account and […]

What Does the Past have to do with Change? (Part 2 of 2)

June 8, 2009

A church that tries to hold on to the past, sometimes even seeking to recreate the glory days will most likely fail.  Even though God’s grace is unchanging, the way we proclaim that grace through word and deed does change.  So, change in the church, or reinvention, is something that churches must do to remain […]

What Does the Past have to do with Change? (Part 1 of 2)

June 1, 2009

  Change happens.  You can fight change but you can’t stop it.  Without change, organizations die.  These and many other saying about change are often thrown around by consultants and proponents of change.  They are true.  We have recently seen how the inability of GM to change over the last 30-50 years has now caught […]

Collaboration: Is it Worth the Effort? Part 3 of 3

April 20, 2009

    The benevolent dictator pastor often has the best of intentions and sometimes a wonderful vision for the local congregation, yet in our present culture this style of leadership often fails to build a community of leaders in mission and ministry.  People often respond to a high control problem-solver by checking out and not […]

Collaboration: Is It Worth the Effort? Part 2 of 3

April 15, 2009

    Moving from being a benevolent dictator to a transformational collaborative leader . . . what does it look like? A Benevolent Dictator is responsible for:  1.     Vision 2.    Strategy 3.    Decision making   Thus, a local church rises or falls on the success of the leader in having the right vision, strategy and […]