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How To Know What Your Audience Is Thinking BEFORE You Communicate

Ever wonder what your audience is thinking as you give your sermon, talk or speech? Why not find out ahead of time? The problem with most communicators is that they only get feedback after they communicate.  Whether it’s a polite “that was nice” at the door, or an email you get from someone who didn’t agree, or a…

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5 Unfair Criticisms People Levy at Strategic Church Leaders

If you’re a church leader who thinks strategically, you’re probably going to get criticized. Maybe even more than you ever dreamed. For some reason, being strategic is often viewed as being unspiritual in the church. Why? I mean, if you want the church to flounder, be unstrategic. Never use your mind, only use your heart. Never think, only feel.…

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5 Things That Can Make You Feel Like You’re Leading When You Aren’t

How do you know if you’re leading well? The question is tougher to answer than you think. Sometimes you can look around and conclude that things are going quite well when in fact, they’re not. Why is that? One of the best definitions of leadership I’ve ever heard is John Maxwell’s, who says leadership is influence.…

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7 Essential Qualities That Make You A Leader Worth Following

How do you know you’re a leader worth following? By definition, that’s what a leader is: a person whom others follow. (If no one is following you, you’re probably not a leader, unless you’re pre-launch, but even then, look back at your life. Has anyone followed you… ever?) Naturally, you can gain a following through…

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7 Ways To Live Out The Gospel in a Post-Truth, Post-Fact Culture

Regardless of where your politics lean, many would sense that American culture is quickly becoming both post-truth and post-fact. It’s happening right before our eyes. Don’t like the outcome of what’s happening? Claim it never happened. Bothered by what the data says? Offer your own data, even if you have to make it up. The…

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5 Ways To Convince Your Boss You’re Right

If you were in charge, everything would be different, wouldn’t it? But you’re not. At least not yet. You think you’re right (you have some great ideas). And you’ll do anything to convince your boss to do what you think your church or organization needs to do. Which leads us to the big question. How…

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things you say

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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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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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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