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morning person

5 Powerful Ways Becoming A Morning Person Unlocks Your Leadership

So you’re trying to be more productive—to get more done in less time. I get that. But what kind of change does that mean for your schedule? Because as you know, if nothing changes, nothing will change. So here’s a question: does it really make a difference whether you’re a morning person or not when it comes to productivity?…

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time management

3 Reasons Most Time Management Attempts End Up Frustrating You

You probably think you need to get better at managing time in 2017. Don’t we all? After all, as you’ve probably already discovered, time management is more disappointing than you thought it would be. Why? Because eventually, almost all of your time management attempts will leave you with diminishing returns. Don’t get me wrong, when you’re…

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affair

The Affair You Are Most Likely To Have as a Christian Leader

So could you end up having an affair as a leader–even as a well-intentioned Christian leader? I think the answer is absolutely.  Obviously, some leaders have emotional or sexual affairs with people to whom they are not married. As heartbreaking, future-altering and faith-shattering as those affairs can be, there’s another kind of affair you’re actually far more likely…

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control freak

How Your Control Freak Tendencies Stunt Your Church’s Growth

So you might have a love hate relationship with control: you love controlling things, but you hate being controlled. It’s not surprising. People who like control seem to have a natural ability to get into leadership positions. Or sometimes they create positions, start things and build their own organizations. For years, I resisted the control freak label. I…

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devil's favourite strategies

The Devil’s 5 Favourite Strategies: Church Leader Edition

You’re probably thinking: Seriously? A blog post on the devil? I mean come on… I thought this was a blog for thoughtful leaders. Well, I’m with you. Talking about the work of the enemy is not an easy task. The challenge, I think, lies at the extremes. There are some Christian leaders who never talk about Satan, and…

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counter-cultural

7 Counter-Cultural Opportunities Most Church Leaders Simply Miss

There’s likely little doubt left in your mind that culture is changing rapidly. Even in the Bible Belt, preachers are explicitly engaging an ever-more post-Christian culture (just check out some recent series by Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel). If you want to reach people outside the Christian bubble, you’re going to have to learn how to adapt. In Canada, where I…

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influence

10 Easy Ways To Blow Your Influence As A Leader…Without Even Trying

You realize by now that influence is a precarious thing. What can take years to build can be lost or squandered overnight. It happens every day to leaders, and often they’re the last to see it. So how do you end up losing influence as a leader,  without even trying? Well, let’s first clarify how influence and leadership work. I believe John…

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church myths

5 Small-Thinking Church Myths You Need to Kill Today

Ever wonder what’s really holding you and your church back? I think it’s often the myths you buy into that limit not only your potential, but tragically, the potential of your church. Today, I launch a brand new podcast—The Canadian Church Leaders Podcast. It’s available for free on iTunes and GooglePlay. On Episode 1, Jeff…

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out of control

5 Signs Your World Is Spinning Out of Control

Almost every leader I know is busy. A little too busy. Busy has a price, and often that price leads to a leader’s world spinning out of control. It’s not just a price you pay. It’s a price everybody pays: your family, your team, your church. A fine line separates ‘busy’ and ‘out of control.’…

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hijacked

4 Unintentional Ways Your Purpose Is Getting Hijacked

Today’s post is a guest post by Tricia Sciortino, president of eaHELP, one of our partners on the blog and on my Leadership Podcast.  By Tricia Sciortino As a pastor or ministry leader, you probably have some pretty specific goals when it comes to your church or organization. You want to see people in your church and community…

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