Deal with It! Conflict

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Do you cringe at the thought of conflict?  Do you often go to great lengths to avoid conflict at all costs?  Do you tend to appease when you probably should confront?  You may be a peace keeper! Peace keepers will go to great lengths to avoid or appease bullies and the chronically grumpy.  They will […]

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Posing: a Pastor’s Problem

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” I desire relationship not your posing.” – Timothy Warren It is happening all around us.  In fact, maybe you have felt it happening within you?  The shaking of what we thought we understood it was to be an authentic pastor or a minister.  You have been faithful leader, worked hard and been what you […]

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How Meaning Inspires Overcoming

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“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Dr. Viktor Frankl Viktor Frankl, the founder of Logo-therapy (aka Meaning Therapy) was interned in a Nazi concentration camp as a laborer.    The living […]

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The difference between Coaching & Spiritual Direction?

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What an excellent question and while volumes have been written on both it is important to understand the two are not the same thing as if Coaching is  a more contemporary term for an ancient one. Christian Life Coaching can be an incredible tool in the real life of everyday people but most especially those […]

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12 Traits of Inspired Leadership

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“The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.” – John Stott Inspired Leadership flows from a growing maturity on the part of the […]

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Compassion in Leadership

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As we continue in our Character of Leadership Series, we will explore the trait of compassion.  Compassion is our ability as people and as leaders to see the world through the eyes of another, to understand what motivates and inspires others, what gives them joy and what weighs heavy on them. Not empathy, sympathy, kindness or […]

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Self Assessment Tool: JoHari Window

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The JoHari Window was designed by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in 1955 and is a great tool to help leaders understand who they are as people and to identify their strengths and weaknesses. The JoHari Window is a powerful tool to assists leaders in understanding their weaknesses are often apparent to other by their actions, regardless of […]

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Success is …

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We all seem to hold certain ideas of success for example: money, power and fame. However, throughout various stages of  life, in practical terms, success changes.  I came across this short story and it speaks in a silly way to our ideas of what exactly success is over a lifetime.  The story reveals the full […]

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What Motivates Us?

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Daniel Pink was voted one of the top 50 influential business thinkers in the world in 2011 and his most recent book Drive: The Surprising Truth of what Motivates Us capitalizes on 50 years of behavioral science to reveal some surprising insight as to what indeed actually motivates us. Pink asserts for straight forward, mechanical tasks that financial rewards […]

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Dealing with Frustrated Goals

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If only life were so easy.  We identify, evaluate and plot the most direct course to achieving our goals and then simply engage.  The strategy runs like a fine oiled machine and in short order, and under budget our goal has been achieved and we are all the better for it as we move on […]

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