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Two Overlooked Meeting Maximizers

Meetings matter. The costs (time and money) are sizable.  The potential significant.

For leaders, there is only one thing worse than being part of a bad meeting – leading one.

Since meetings are a primary platform for moving ministries and organizations forward, leaders need to be highly skilled at the art of leading them.

With a new fall season of meetings quickly approaching, I wanted to share two meeting maximizers that are often overlooked: Continue Reading

An Unforgettable Olympic Moment

It’s an unforgettable Olympic moment.

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Great Britain’s Derek Redmond had advanced to the 400 meter semi-final. It had been four long years since an Achilles injury forced a last minute pull out from his heat at the Seoul Olympics. He endured multiple operations in his recovery and battled back to be part of the 1991 World Champion 4×400 team. But, after logging the fastest time in the first round and winning his quarter-final heat, this Olympics seemed like his moment. Continue Reading

Feeling Deflated? Six Questions To Help…

It’s not just tires. Leaders can ‘lose air ‘ too.

Intense demands, overwhelming expectations and the daily challenges of leading can easily conspire to emotionally deflate a leader.

The symptoms are short-term (unlike an on-going and much more serious depression).  They include feeling down, lower energy, being negative or irritable, clouded thinking, sensitivity to fears and many more.

Six Questions To Ask Yourself When You Are Feeling Flat Continue Reading

Developing Rhythms for Rest and Renewal

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Ask:

Is rest and renewal a regular rhythm in your life?

Why:

God has punctuated time by establishing day and night, specific seasons, special celebrations and Sabbath. Developing similar rhythms for our lives and specifically for rest is biblical and life-giving.

The Sabbath commandment, Jesus’ discipline of taking time away to connect with the Father, and a growing mountain of research on productivity point to the need for regular rest and rhythms of renewal.

Unfortunately, in our 24-7 world where busyness is often worn as a badge of honor, many people sacrifice rest and self-care. The costs are significant – the sleep deficit alone reduces efficiency, impairs judgment, diminishes creativity, clouds thinking and increases susceptibility to illness and disease. Continue Reading

What Really Holds You Back?

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Dandelions. These yellow ‘flowers’ populate lawns each spring. Initially, it seems easiest to just run the lawnmower over top of them.  After all, they will disappear…for a day or two.

But the dandelions will soon reappear in even greater force. The only way to truly eliminate dandelions is to get to the roots with a nasty poison or a back-breaking weeding tool.

Getting to the roots of dandelions has a very helpful application to personal change. In personal change, we too often we ignore the roots below the surface that are supporting negative behaviors or patterns. As a result, the change initiative often ends in disappointment or failure. Continue Reading

What’s Your One Degree?

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One degree can make a big difference – especially over time. Imagine your next flight. What if the navigator plotted a course that was off by one degree?

Aviators will tell you that for every one degree traveled off course for 60 miles, the plane will land 1 mile off the intended destination.

 

So, what does this mean for a trip from Vancouver to London? It means a 79 mile walk (multiplied by number of degrees off course) to gather your suitcases at Heathrow’s baggage claim!

Applying The “One Degree” Concept to Your Life

What happens when you apply the ‘one degree’ concept to your life? There are several applications:

  1. It’s very important to be as ‘on course’ as possible in stewarding your time, talent and treasure.
  2. Making a positive one degree change in your life can have a significant impact over time.
  3. The more strategic the change (more degrees), the more exponential the impact over time.

So, rather than getting overwhelmed and discouraged with all the changes you would like to make in your life, ask yourself these questions:

  • If you could only make one ‘one degree’ change, what would it be?
  • What personal change would give you the most strategic return on investment over time?

Identifying Your ‘One Degree’ Change

To bring clarity to identifying your ‘one degree’ change, consider these two steps:

  1. Ask the Lord and seek to listen to His response. Pray a question like: “God, in what one area of my life would you most like to see change in order to conform me more to Christ and bring you glory?”
  2. You can also ask others you trust—your spouse, friends, supervisor or colleagues. Ask them a question like this: ‘If I were to consider focusing on one area of personal/leadership growth, what would you suggest I consider?’

Future posts will provide some practical and tangible next steps for getting traction on your one degree change. To help guide these posts, could you give some feedback? What challenges do you experience in seeking personal change?