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5 Articles that will Help You Make Vision Real

Thank you for making May a great month here at Helping Churches Make Vision Real! It’s great staying connected with you through social media and hearing about how helpful different articles have been. So, thank you for connecting with me through the content on this blog! You made these the top 5 Posts from this last month. If you missed out on any of them, here they are all in one place for your convenience!

#1 “4 Indispensable Truths about the Art of Planning”

All of us have been in planning meetings before with a team that seemed to have had a break through moment. You know, that moment when everyone says, “Yes! That’s exactly the direction we need to move, and that’s exactly how we need to get there from here!” There was energy, excitement and unity as everyone left the meeting. But the more time that passed after the meeting dismissed the more that energy that was there faded and the less movement towards actualizing the plan took place. In fact a large majority of planning meetings don’t actually provoke much real change in most churches and organizations. Here are 4 reasons why many of your plans aren’t really getting you anywhere:

#2 “Leadercast 2014 Recap”

If you missed the 2014 Leadercast, then you missed some great content, great speakers, and incredible ideas that have the potential to shift your thinking when it comes to leadership. But no worries! Now you’ve got all the notes to every session right here at your fingertips for free! Hope you enjoy!

#3 “Take the 2014 Church Budgeting Survey”

Participate in the survey & get a free copy of the Executive Summary! Get answers to questions like:

  • What percentage of our budget should go towards Staffing, Operations, Ministry, and Missions?
  • How much debt do churches of similar size carry?
  • Do these percentages change as the size of our church changes over time?
  • How do different churches go about building their annual budget?

#4 “New Leadership Coaching Networks Launching this Fall”

Over the last 3 years of working with The Unstuck Group one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things I’ve had the opportunity to do is facilitate leadership coaching networks for Sr. Leaders serving in local churches around the country. I’m excited to let you know that I’m receiving applications for my next coaching network beginning this fall. Be sure to get your application in before the deadline of August 15. A couple of the spots have already been filled so space is limited!

#5 “Helping Your Church get Unstuck”

Churches get stuck for all kinds of reasons. It’s okay to get stuck, it’s just not okay to stay that way. There’s too much Kingdom potential on the line. That’s why 2014 needs to be the year that your church finally gets unstuck! At the Unstuck Group we help churches grow their impact through church consulting and coaching experiences designed to focus vision, strategy, and action. At the Unstuck Group we don’t just offer consulting solutions. We help churches get unstuck!

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Leadercast 2014 Recap

If you missed the 2014 Leadercast, then you missed some great content, great speakers, and incredible ideas that have the potential to shift your thinking when it comes to leadership. But no worries! Now you’ve got all the notes to every session right here at your fingertips for free! Hope you enjoy!

1. Becoming a Beyond You Leader

Andy Stanley, author and Lead Pastor at North Point Community Church walked through 3 ways to become a leader that makes an impact and leaves a legacy that goes beyond you.

2. The Wake of a Leader

Best selling author and leadership psychologist, Dr. Henry Cloud, talked about the wake that leaders leave behind them as they travel towards the future.

3. 4 Characteristics of a Good Leader

ArchBishop Desmond Tutu challenged leaders to imagine a world where leaders didn’t make decisions based only on strategy or economics, but what was best for everyone involved.

4. Nothing Prepares Your for Leadership as much as Experience

First Lady Laura Busch was interviewed about her experience in the White House and having a first hand seat to watching world changing decisions happen every single day.

5. Legitimate Leadership

Best selling author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell discussed 3 characteristics that legitimize any given leader as someone worth following.

6. The Dream of a Leader

Bill McDermott, Co-CEO and Executive Board Member of SAP challenged leaders to find, keep, and chase their dream.

7. Leadership is a Practice not an Event

Leadercast concluded with leadership expert and best selling author Simon Sinek who challenged leaders to lead with courage.

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Leadercast 2014: Simon Sinek

Leadercast concluded with Leadership Expert and best selling author Simon Sinek. Interested in learning more about Simon’s past work? Check out this post: “Why Telling People What to do Makes them Stupid”

“In the military we give medals to people who sacrifice themselves for the sake of other. In the business world we give bonuses to people who sacrifice others so we may gain.”

  • Leaders always set the tone for the organization
  • We can’t solve complex problems by ourselves but in groups we’re remarkable
  • The only thing we have control of is the environment inside the organization
  • At the sound of violence it’s a mother’s instinct to throw themselves on the top of their child
  • When danger threatens, it’s the leaders instinct to save their teams.
  • We call someone a leader because they go first

“The one characteristic any successful leader needs to have is courage”

  • Great leaders want their followers to grow beyond where they are themselves
  • Marine Corp tradition: The most junior person eats first. The most senior officers eat last
  • But in business, we tell entrepreneurs, “Pay yourself first”
  • Leadership is a responsibility not a rank
  • When you put the well-being of others before yourself, they in turn look after you
  • You can’t measure good leadership on a daily basis.
  • Leadership is a practice, not an event.
  • We all want to feel safe around the people we work with. Are you creating that safety for your team?


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Leadercast 2014: Bill McDermott

These are my notes and take-aways from Bill McDermott, Co-CEO and Executive Board Member of SAP.

    • Leaders all have one thing in common…all leaders have followers
    • All winners have a dream
    • It all begins and ends with the customer
    • Dream jobs aren’t as easy as the dream
    • There are 2 kinds of people in organizations:
      • #1 People who go for whatever opportunity comes along
      • #2 People who wait around for the perfect opportunity
    • When opportunity knocks…you have to be ready to go
    • He took leadership of the worst performing region in the company
    • In business everyone is so busy telling people what to do they forget to listen. And people always listen.
    • He spent his first 3 weeks in his new job just listening to why they were 66 out of 66 in production (last).
    • 3 things that the employees in the worst performing region asked for:
      • #1 Stop cutting costs (give us the tools to do our job)
      • #2 Give us a clear vision of what you want (tell me where I’m going)
      • #3 Bring back our Christmas party (let’s have fun getting there)
    • High expectations + simple plan = an underdog come from behind story
    • “I am petrified of leaders who don’t understand the power of celebrating victories”
    • The first thing that had to change was the mindset about what is possible
    • Build your strategies for where the world is going…not where it has been
    • In today’s world purpose matter more than ever before
    • Your organization is either getting better, getting bored, or going broke

Have an audaciously bold dream for who you are and what yo mean for this world

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Leadercast 2014: Malcolm Gladwell

In the afternoon I had the opportunity to hear from one of my personal favorite communicators Malcolm Gladwell.

Deterrence: When people decide to obey an authority or not, they make a calculation. If the cost of breaking the rule is greater than the benefit of breaking the rule, they will obey the rule.

  • Deterrence is a very low level motivator of and a frequently employed tactic by poor leaders
  • Deterrence isn’t the real reason that people obey the law or follow leaders…rather it’s legitimacy

3 Components of Legitimacy:

#1 Respectful: We consider authority to be legitimate if we are treated with respect

#2 Fairness: We will submit to authority if we believe that it’s fair. The principles are fairly and consistently applied to everyone.

#3 Trustworthy: We will follow a leader if the administration of that authority is trustworthy.

  • To be an effective leader – it maters not just what you say but how you say it – process is fundamentally important
  • As a leader it doesn’t matter if you are 100% in the right, it matters how you execute your leadership in the moment – or you lose trust – and trust it the foundation of leadership
  • When people don’t follow leaders, the first question to ask is not what’s wrong with the followers, but what’s wrong with the leader…responsibility begins at the top
  • Nothing good happens in any organization unless the leader starts with themselves
  • When people feel like they’re not heard they rebel

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