Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

I have limited knowledge about cars. I know they require gas and routine maintenance to keep running. Even with this limited knowledge, I know that one of the best ways to ruin an engine is by not taking care of the oil. Don’t ask me how I know or how much it cost me to learn this lesson. Engines, when the oil is not taken care of, can burn out and leave us (or maybe just me) in some stranded places. Staff and volunteers, like vehicle maintenance, require timely care and attention to prevent... Read More
How to Handle Negative Personalities on Your Team

How to Handle Negative Personalities on Your Team

Team dynamics are fascinating to me. Wholly different perceptions, personalities, experiences and ideals being thrown together and told to work in unison towards a common goal. Is it any wonder that a team accomplishes anything at all? However, if you’ve ever worked in a well-functioning machine, you know that immeasurably more can actually be accomplished in a team setting than taking on the same task solo.  So, figuring out how to overcome all those differences and work together is such an... Read More
The Difference Between “Wow” and “How” People

The Difference Between “Wow” and “How” People

Aren’t there always two different type of people? Leaders and followers. Introverts and extroverts. Givers and takers. It seems like we find plenty of ways to divide ourselves into two groups based on oversimplifications. I bet you can think of plenty more examples. But here’s one more categorization that you may not have heard of before. There are two kinds of people in the world—”Wow” people and “How” people. You may already be familiar with this concept. You may call... Read More
The Power of a Dynamic Team

The Power of a Dynamic Team

I have a lot of things I love about ministry. I love being a communicator. I love to write and speak, giving people tools to do what God has created them to do in new ways. I love to design new concepts, policies, and procedures. I truly believe policies protect people and thus are a direct reflection of how much we love and consider them. I love to mentor people and develop relationships that allow me to share things that I’ve learned over the years. Even with all of these, and there are... Read More
How to Let Go of Control and Trust Your Team 

How to Let Go of Control and Trust Your Team 

I used to work at a very interesting place. The technical term for it was, Therapeutic Boarding School. This was a place where 12- to 18-year-olds with extreme behavioral issues were sent to get help when there was no other option. They would stay with us for two years while going to school and learning to interact with society as a whole. The process was organized in peer groups of about 12 to 15 teens with two counselors, one female and one male. I was one of the counselors. The idea was to... Read More