Here are some leadership and productivity blog posts I have come across recently.
“Pastors are tired. On a soul level. It’s tempting to think we can solve it with a few days off. But we know we can’t. This is bigger than individuals. This is systemic. The oppressive thing about capitalism and consumerism (and white supremacy culture, for that matter), is our utter inability to listen to our need to rest. More on that in a moment.”
“The costs of burnout culture are so devastating and the causes so deeply ingrained that the cure might seem out of reach. Thankfully, that’s just not true. There is a lifeline we can reach for. It’s actually quite simple: work less and rejuvenate more. I know that sounds easier said than done. But it really is doable. Trust me, I’ve been there. Here are 5 steps to get you back to your best.”
“You and I live in a world that elevates personal desire above everything. And it is exhausting. The wisdom of the age says being true to yourself and following your dreams brings freedom. But how often the opposite is true! If you live solely for your own desires, Wordsworth says, you are in bondage to something chaotic and always changing. So how does duty help? Duty gives you a set of responsibilities and expectations apart from your own dreams and desires. Put another way, desire is internal and duty is external. Your desires shift almost daily and change as you change, but duty gives you expectations that are long-lasting.”
“Spending time with their manager is the worst part of the day for employees. What makes managers so un-delightful? Managers are unintentionally malevolent when they have an agenda that has nothing to do with people. Ask questions that strengthen relationships.”
“I have a standard leadership practice, which I repeat as often as possible. I don’t always give people an answer. … I’m talking about decisions, which are the responsibility of other people to make. These are the issues more difficult to discern. Things such as career choice decisions, the calling in life decisions, who to marry, how to respond to a marriage conflict, how to deal with difficult parents or children or friends, etc. – the unwritten answer type decisions. When there are multiple, seemingly good options available, I don’t try to solve their problem. For those type issues, I probably have an opinion, but I almost never “have” the answer. Instead, I help people discover a paradigm through which to make the decision.”