Here are some leadership and productivity blog posts I have come across recently.
“We know what unchurched people think of the church. It’s not great. When the people you’re trying to reach struggle with you, it’s harder to reach them. Which is where self-awareness comes in. It’s hard to improve on a problem you don’t know you have. Once you see it, you can address it. With that in mind, here is some fresh data showing the extent of the self-awareness gap.”
“Many congregations are finding their way back to in-person worship. The temptation is strong to regain a sense of normalcy. But getting back to normal is only worthwhile if the “normal” we knew before is relevant to our present realities. In other words, does the “normal” we know work now? For these people? In this place? Does that normal help build the reign of God now, after all we’ve been through? After all the deaths and illnesses? The addition of digital worship? An election that tore communities and families apart, and who are only now beginning to see each other again? Does what you used to do make sense now? Here are five considerations as you make the transition.”
“Every leader attempts to limit risk as much as possible when making decisions. We don’t want to jeopardise the organisation – ultimately the people – we are trying to lead, so we attempt to have good systems and procedures, boundaries in place, adequate resources, and even contingency or emergency plans. But there are some high costs when we attempt to eliminate all organisational risk.“
“The vast majority of Christians in the West have bought into the lie that “busy is best.” “Loud and proud” has become our slogan. We’ve forgotten how to be quiet. We’ve long abandoned the notion of developing stillness as a way of life. These disciplines have somehow slipped from grace and tumbled into the dark closet of the past.”
“Leaders are generally great solo achievers, but they often get one-on-one check-ins wrong. Either they give too little attention to their direct reports or smother them with communications and requests for updates. It’s challenging to find the appropriate level and cadence of interaction. To ensure a successful one-on-one, structure your check-ins around these 4 questions.”