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Asking The Five Whys When Things Go Wrong
December 16, 2009 – 4:56 am | Comments Off

Sometimes, things just don’t go the way you would expect. You think you’ve planned enough, but for some reason things just didn’t come together.
Rather than pointing fingers, Joel Spolsky recommends asking “The Five Whys” to …

Give Your Team Permission to Grow
December 15, 2009 – 4:46 am | Comments Off

I was recently asked why some volunteer teams are better at recruiting and growing their team members than others. I firmly believe that the primary reason a team grows strong team members and recruits more …

What Was Your First Win As A Leader?
December 14, 2009 – 4:23 am | One Comment

Our first win as a leader is important – it sets the tone for the future. It helps you overcome difficult times. It also helps build confidence to allow you to take on larger tasks …

7 Ways To Make a Memory
December 9, 2009 – 4:04 am | Comments Off

From John C. Maxwell’s December newsletter:
Memories don’t have to happen on accident. We can plan our lives in order to create lasting memories with the ones we love. Here are seven principles for making memories…
1) …

Leaders are Scouts
August 11, 2009 – 4:36 am | Comments Off

Leaders have a difficult task: they are responsible for their team both today and tomorrow. What does this mean?
Leaders must manage the people and actions of today. Leaders must also evaluate and understand the changes …

Leaders are Teachers
August 10, 2009 – 4:34 am | Comments Off

Being a leader of volunteers is about more than just building a team and making things happen. Leaders have the responsibility to teach others. In fact, leaders are often teaching through their actions, even if …

The Outgoing Leader: Staying Out Of It
June 3, 2009 – 5:29 am | Comments Off

The final stage for anyone transitioning out of a leadership role is to disconnect. There is a tendancy, especially for leaders that have been with the same team for a while, to have trouble letting …

The Outgoing Leader: Transitioning to a New Leader
June 2, 2009 – 5:18 am | Comments Off

The most important step in any departure is the transition to a new leader. Your job is to make this transition as smooth as possible.
Here are some tips to make this transition process smooth:

Document your …

The Outgoing Leader: Preparing Your Team For Departure
June 1, 2009 – 5:00 am | Comments Off

Eventually, the time will come. You may need to move to a new town. Or, perhaps God is calling you to a new season for you. Whatever the reason, you’ll have to transition out of …

The Ongoing Leader: Empower Others
May 28, 2009 – 5:50 am | Comments Off

Letting go of work is a tough thing for some leaders. They try to let others help them, but they end up pushing them out of the way and taking over themselves. Leaders are notorious …