Stop Rescheduling Your Commitments

Rescheduling Commitments


Do you get in the habit of constantly rescheduling meetings? What about making promises to deadlines that you don’t end up keeping?

This doesn’t make you a bad person, but it can cause problems when building trust with the people you work with. When we set a deadline or tell someone we’ll get back to them “by Friday” and then don’t, it’s not necessarily because we didn’t have good intentions in meeting our commitments. We want to please people — and sometimes we overpromise and underdeliver because of it. (more…)

5 Simple Steps to Increase Giving

Increase Giving

I have the great privilege of working with Pastors and Christian Entrepreneurs from all over the US. Each with its own settings ranging from Small Rural Churches to urban Megachurches. Each Pastor sets on the agenda for each call. The ideas and next steps from each call is theirs, they own them. This year while on a call Vince Spencer out lined an approach to giving in his church that worked. He Pastors a medium sized Church in a rural setting. I asked him to be a guest blogger for today. Today’s post is for Pastors. Here is what he wrote.

My name is Vince Spencer. I’m the Lead Pastor of New Life Church in Chipley, Florida. Our church’s giving had dropped. Attendance was up, morale was up, but giving was down. As you could imagine, I was puzzled by this. I started praying and brought Duke into the situation in one of my coaching sessions. We worked through some ideas and developed a strategy to see New Life’s giving increase, and it did. It took a few weeks to see noticeable results, but over a period of three months we saw over a 10% increase and it continues to grow! Here are 5 simple steps we implemented that led us to a significant increase in giving at New Life: (more…)

Using the OKR Method to Achieve Your Goals

OKR Method Goals


If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you know we talk a lot about goal setting around here. Setting goals that are met using new, healthy habits is the only way to truly grow.

In John Doerr’s Ted Talk “Why the secret to success is setting the right goals,” John discusses the secret to success: Objectives and Key Results, or OKR. This goal setting method was created by businessman, author, and engineer Andy Grove. While John Doerr was studying under Andy Grove, he told John “it does not matter what you know, execution is what matters most.” If you don’t go about achieving your goals in the right way, things may not turn how how you envisioned. Growth doesn’t just happen because you declared a few goals.

Andy’s OKR system was created to correct the wrongs that have previously plagued goal setters around the world. It’s a way to help goal setters aren’t just shooting in the dark, but are actively thinking about the method to and execution of their intentional goals. Let’s walk through it… (more…)

How to Avoid Burning Out and Take Care of Yourself

 Burning Out


The term “self care” can have a somewhat weird connotation in today’s society. But the premise of it is still important. It’s easy to get wrapped up in work and and forget to take time for yourself. However, being overworked doesn’t make for an efficient and clear-minded leader. According to Nabil El-Ghoroury, “a stressed out CEO is not going to be an efficient CEO.” Not taking time for your mental wellbeing amongst the stress of everyday life will only result in burning out and possibly shutting down. (more…)

The Importance of Leadership Networking

Leadership Networking


When you hear the word “networking” you probably think about awkward networking events that everyone tries to avoid if they can. These networking connections typically lead to a new job, or further exposure for a current business. Although it may not seem necessary to continue networking once you have the the job and the life you want, it’s simply not true.

Two Simple Ways to Crush Your To-Do List

To-Do List


If you constantly feel like you have too many responsibilities or are frequently overwhelmed by your to-do list, it might be time to do some delegating and prioritizing. It’s important to decide what tasks take priority and what can easily be taken off of your plate or pushed back to make room for the items that are the most important — and keep your sanity.

According to Dorie Clark, “more things on your plate means your attention and energy must be dispersed, and that can prevent you from focusing on tasks that are critical.” This can often lead to forgetting about or not having time to complete the most important tasks on your to-do list. That’s why taking a step back and identifying the priorities among all of your tasks is going to make for much less stress.

According to The John Maxwell Co., “there’s never enough time to do everything, but there’s always enough time to do the most important thing.” Prioritizing what absolutely needs to get done is less overwhelming when you’re looking at all of your responsibilities. To begin this process, there are five steps to get you started:


How to Tell If You’re Being Productive Enough

Productive Enough


What does it mean to be productive “enough”? Is it simply meeting expectations and getting the job done, or is there more?

Author and Time Management Coach Elizabeth Saunders created a flowchart to help you decide if you’re reaching your maximum potential as it relates to productivity. According to Saunders, there are three questions you need to be asking yourself in order to answer the overall question, “Am I productive enough?”


The Fundamentals of Problem Solving

Problem Solving


Leadership and problem solving go hand in hand. And practice makes perfect.

One way to practice problem solving is by brainstorming. Brainstorming is a very efficient way to get the mind working and discover more about how your brain processes problems. According to Success, “your first ideas are obvious and thus first-level thinking. You need to go deeper than that to find gold. You must go beyond that first-level thinking to discover unseen ideas that truly solve the problem.” Instead of becoming impatient and going with the first few ideas you come up with, it’s important to think deeper and narrow down your ideas afterwards. (more…)