The Tension Between Leading and Managing

I’m a leader by nature.  I love to try to create something out of nothing, take the 30,000 foot view and dream about the future.  I’m also very fortunate to have some very gifted and talented people around me. One of the people on our leadership team is an exceptional manager (and a leader in her own right).  We get along incredibly well except that we could sense a tension that arose from time to time in meetings. When I would dream out loud, she would try to figure out how much... Read More

Manage More by Managing Less

Without getting into the debate between leaders and managers, I think we can all agree that both are needed. But here’s my problem – I don’t really like managing. I know, it’s a needed part of leading people, and without it, the chaos reigns. So over the last 15 years, I’ve developed a management approach that works for me and the kind of leading and managing I want to do. It won’t work for everyone, but I bet it works for more of you than you might imagine... Read More

January Podcast – Matt McKee & Jeanne Stevens

If you’re sitting in a meeting catching up on your blogs right now, then this is the perfect post for you! We’ve got a great podcast this month about – MEETINGS! Listen in to a conversation between Matt McKee and Jeanne Stevens about the importance of having a consistent schedule of meetings with the right people and with the right agenda. Jeanne and her husband started on a little endeavor about a year ago that has turned into a huge success. You can check out their church... Read More

The Orange Revolution- part 2

Last week we began taking a look at the Orange Revolution by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, and this week we will continue with chapters 5, 6, and 7! Does this sound like your team? Gostick and Elton begin by explaining 6 traits that were consistent on some of the best teams across the board… 1. They dream truly ambitious goals. 2. They believe in each other and what they can accomplish together. 3. They take calculated risks but closely measure their results. 4. They persevere despite... Read More

Build a Better Meeting

creating consistent meetings for student ministry leaders set expectations early: people love coming to meetings when they know there’s a specific purpose for it. identify exactly what the meeting will be about, and then communicate that to attendees well in advance. also consider the best ways to communicate. more and more, people aren’t checking their emails as often as they connect with facebook, twitter, or text messages. ask your team, volunteers, students, and parents what their... Read More