CNLP 027: How to Know When It’s Time to Move On – An Honest Interview About Leadership, Personal Growth and Leaving Before It’s Too Late with Brad Lomenick

How do you know it’s time to move on?

Brad Lomenick explains why he thinks many leaders stay on too long, and shares why he stepped back from leading a world class organization when he was just 40.

Welcome to Episode 27 of the podcast.



Guest Links

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Catalyst Conference

Catalyst Podcast

The Catalyst Leader

10 Key Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned over the Last Year in Handing off Catalyst

Links Mentioned in this Episode

The Orange Conference 2015

Pete Wilson

Donald Miller

Jon Acuff

Reggie Joiner

Doug Fields

Jeff Henderson

Jud Wilhite

Perry Noble

Josh Gagnon

Jenni Catron

John Maxwell

Louie Giglio

Steve Cockram

Craig Groeschel

Rick Warren

Love Does by Bob Goff

Tim Keller

3 Things You Can Do Right Away

How do you know when you’re done with a phase in your life? It takes courage to hear the hard truth, make a change and blaze a trail for the next generation. Brad Lomenick tells us how to make that transition a more positive and peaceful experience.

  1. Recognize that succession is part of leadership. When you see change in your organization going up and to the right, it doesn’t always mean that leadership is following the same pattern. The work you put into a ministry may promote growth, but you can’t assume you’re in a good place personally because things in your organization are going well. Brad said he recognized that his leadership was becoming stale because the people around him weren’t flourishing; there was little to no change in those he was trying to influence. Mature leaders know when it’s time to let go and don’t hang on too long. To ensure the future growth of the ministry, you have to prepare the next generation to step up.
  2. Understand your calling is just a chapter, not the entire book. When Brad’s 10-year season at Catalyst ended, it didn’t change his overall calling. He knew that he was still mean to “influence influencers.” Just because one chapter in your calling has ended, it doesn’t mean that the book is complete. The calling is on your life, not just a season.
  3. Realize that what you do isn’t all of who you are. Brad no longer had the passion to take Catalyst to the next level, so he relied on his faith to take him into the next season. Leaders hang on too long because they’re not sure they’re capable of doing anything else. They’ve built a sense of identity around what they do, and if they try something different, they may fail.  But who you are is not what you do. Brad says his identity is in Jesus. He may not be “Catalyst Brad” anymore, but he’s fulfilled in identifying himself as a follower of Jesus.

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CNLP 027: How to Know When It’s Time to Move On – An Honest Interview About Leadership, Personal Growth and Leaving Before It’s Too Late with Brad Lomenick


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  2. jonperrin on March 17, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Great podcast! Again, both the questions and answers were very insightful. I appreciated the warning about not allowing yourself to think that you’re the reason your organization experienced growth. Good stuff! Thanks for inviting us along or the ride on your leadership journey!

    • Carey Nieuwhof on March 18, 2015 at 5:28 am

      Thanks Jon. Thanks for being along. Really appreciate the way your comments add value to the dialogue. 🙂

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