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Feature Friday (12/15/17)

It’s beginning to look a lot like…2018! Wait, What?! It seems like I was just getting used to it being 2017. I was just getting comfortable with the rhythm and routine of 2017. I finally was beginning to make some headway on my 2017 goals. And here we are just 2 short weeks away from another year ending. We are just 15 days away from the start of 2018. Does that overwhelm anyone else?

Thinking about starting another year can be stressful. Add to that the hustle and bustle of Christmas, kids being home on break, and any kind of travel or visiting with family and friends and depression and anxiety can overwhelm. And let’s not even begin to talk about how I did on those “resolutions” or as I call them, goals. But the truth is: I need goals, and so do you.

But how do you choose areas for improvement? How can I decide what goal I want to focus on first? Should it be work? Or family? Or exercise? (Definitely, not exercise). Or maybe it’s personal? Could it be financial? There are so many areas in which I want to improve and I may make goals for each year, but actually accomplishing any of them, let alone all of them seems a high task. But there is help.

Michael Hyatt has generously put together an awesome assessment to help us analyze what area of life we may want to focus on improving first. He calls it “The Lifescore Assessment“. It is an easy assessment that takes no longer than 10 minutes. So if you are sitting around this Christmas break thinking or trying not to think about goals for the new year, why not start with “The Lifescore Assessment” to give you at least one area to begin with.

Enjoy and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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Feature Friday (10/20/17)

Part of leadership is improvement. Every leader must constantly be looking for ways to improve, grow, and excel to the next level. Whether you are a coach, CEO, father, or just leading yourself. Truth is all leadership involves development.

Truth is the larger of an area or responsibility one has to lead the more critical progress becomes. If I am just leading myself, improvement primarily affects me. As a dad, growth affects not just myself, but my wife and kids. As a pastor development or the lack thereof impacts the entire ministry that I lead. With each increase of leadership, responsibility comes an increase of important on development.

So how does one seek continual improvement? One of the best ways is evaluation, asking good questions. Which is why Steve Gladon’s article “5 Leadership Attributes for Every Leader to Work on” is a resource I come back to again and again. In the article, Steve lists 5 questions he uses regularly for evaluation.

I hope you enjoy these 5 questions and find them helping for improvement in your leadership areas. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (3/17/17)

62 seconds. That is how long it took me to run my first ever 400 meter sprint as a sophomore in high school. For those of you who don’t know, that is not something to be proud of when competing in the race. The worst part was not how slow my time was, but how convinced my coach was that I could be up to 10 seconds faster. 10 seconds? In a quarter of a mile race? I thought it was impossible. Coach however, said there was plenty of room for improvement.

Improvement. Something I am always trying to do. I think it’s something we all naturally attempt to do or think we are doing. But the reality is: improvement does not come instantaneously but intentionally. So how do you intentionally improve as an individual, as a team, as an organization? Aaron Buer over at Breeze has an excellent article on “3 Strategies for Constantly Improving3 Strategies for Constantly Improving“. Aaron’s 3 simple steps are exactly what I did over the last two years of high school and saw my 400 time drop from 62 seconds to 50.9 seconds. Intentional improvement is not instantaneous, but it is worth it!

Check it out! And as always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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