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Are You a Brainwashed Leader?
February 9, 2010 – 4:24 am | Comments Off

Seth Godin has released a short manifesto at ChangeThis.com called “Brainwashed: Seven Ways to Reinvent Yourself”. Here is a short excerpt:
It’s like this: we were brainwashed. Brainwashed into believing a set of rules that aren’t …

Are You a Generous Leader?
February 8, 2010 – 4:10 am | Comments Off

Leaders tend to come in two varieties: output-focused and people-focused. The output-focused leader gives priority to the tasks and deadlines ahead: church building upkeep, weekly metrics, and monthly goals. The people-focused leader spends their time investing in their team, guiding them to be better disciples, and after that looking at tasks, metrics, and goals. Which one are you?

How To Build A Great Powerpoint For Your Volunteers
February 4, 2010 – 4:39 am | One Comment

Guy Kawasaki put together a set of guidelines for using PowerPoint several years ago. While focused mostly toward startups doing pitches to venture capitalists, I think these rules can be used for leaders that cannot …

Suggestions For More Effective Volunteer Meetings
February 3, 2010 – 4:27 am | Comments Off

Here are some tips that I have learned over the years that help leaders have more effective volunteer meetings. I hope you find them as useful as I do:

Create a meeting agenda – this keeps …

Quarterly Meetings Are Important
February 2, 2010 – 4:06 am | One Comment

Having a quarterly meeting with your volunteers is essential to team growth and dynamics. Why? Several reasons:

You are able revisit your ministry vision and purpose
You can review what the team accomplished over the last …

Too Many Meetings
February 1, 2010 – 4:17 am | 2 Comments

Most volunteers have a limited time to give per week. Why is it that some leaders schedule too many meetings? I think there are a few reasons:

Leaders are not sensitive to the busy schedules of …

How Can Church Staff Help Volunteers Succeed?
January 28, 2010 – 4:57 am | Comments Off

Tony Morgan recently interviewed an anonymous volunteer about how he sees the role of church staff in managing volunteers. Here are some excerpts:
TONY: What are some things staff leaders can do to set volunteers up …

Would You Join Your Team?
January 27, 2010 – 4:06 am | Comments Off

A simple question to ask yourself that will get you to think:
If you were just an average member of your church and you ran across your team, would you join?
If your answer is yes, ask …

Leaders Ask Why First
January 26, 2010 – 4:45 am | Comments Off

Good leaders often ask, “How can we accomplish our goal?”
Great leaders ask a different question first: “Why do we need this accomplished?”
Things are often moving quick and we often need to rally our volunteers …

Leaders Are Led
January 25, 2010 – 4:33 am | Comments Off

Who is leading you? As a leader, we always have others leading us (even if we don’t know it).
I’m led by leadership book authors, my mentors, leaders immediately around me, and by leaders at …