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5 Things You Say That Kill Your Leadership

The innocent phrases you say every day impact you—and others— more than you think. Have a look at the list below, and you’ll immediately recognize that you say some of these things without even realizing it. They’re almost verbal ticks in our culture. Even if you don’t really mean anything by them, these statements undermine…

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demoralize

The Top 7 Ways Leaders Demoralize Their Teams

You know that as a leader you have a direct impact on your team, right? It’s  impossible for a leader NOT to have an impact on their team. The only question is whether it’s a good impact or a bad one. More than anything, your leadership will directly impact team morale. You’re either boosting team morale…

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productivity hacks

9 Little Productivity Hacks That Deliver Way More Than You Think

Like most leaders, you have far more opportunities and responsibility than you feel like you have time for. It’s hard to juggle all the competing demands, keep your mind focused on what matters most, and get it all done. I believe the best thing you can do is change your overall approach to managing time, energy…

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disruptive church trends

6 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2017

The culture continues to change rapidly around you as a church leader. You get that. And yet sometimes the change is easy to miss. Last January, I outlined 5 disruptive church trends that would dominate 2016. 2017 is no different. In fact, the need for change is more urgent because our culture is arguably changing…

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Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2016

So what conversations and subjects resonated most with leaders in 2016? Well, for easy reference, here are the Top 10 podcast episodes from my leadership podcast for the year. I released over 60 episodes in 2016, but below are the ones you loved the most. Thank you for making 2016 the best year for the leadership podcast yet. If you’re like…

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new year's resolutions

5 Reasons Your New Year’s Resolutions Usually Fail

It would be great to crush your New Year’s resolutions for once, wouldn’t it? I mean you try, but why does it seem so difficult to actually make progress in life and leadership? I get that. I think we all have a few resolutions that make it on the list every year, only to be…

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10 Things That Demonstrate The World You Grew Up In No Longer Exists

You know things are changing, but the real questions is how quickly and how deeply. Well, the change is pretty fast and pretty deep. In fact, unless you’re under 25, the world into which you’re born doesn’t really exist anymore. You may have heard of the the Beloit College Mindset list. It comes out every year and…

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imitating other leaders

5 Reasons You Need to Stop Imitating Other Leaders

If you’re like me, you like to track with people who are ahead of you in what they’ve accomplished, both in terms of their lives and in terms of their leadership. Chance are you do this in real life (I hope you have mentors). But the online world has changed the imitation game. Thanks to…

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value your time

5 Eye-Opening Reasons Other People Don’t Value Your Time

Ever wonder why people seem to think you have endless amounts of time to do whatever they want you to do? You know those situations where they ask you to help out on a project, or attend one more meeting, or even give up your Saturday to help them move? I’m talking about the kind…

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time stealers

5 Hidden Time Stealers You Can Eliminate Today

How many times have you gotten to the end of a day only to wonder where all the time went? Or more accurately, wondered where your productivity went. Welcome to the club. Productivity must be easier to measure if you work at, say, Starbucks or Walmart, where you’re dealing with tangibles (how many lattes did you…

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