The Myths of Conflict: Healthy Disagreements

Healthy Disagreements


For a long time, we looked at conflict in the workplace as a huge problem. The word “conflict” according to the dictionary is “a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one.” From differing personal views, tastes, and preferences to professional discourse, the idea of conflict is something we were once encouraged to avoid at all costs.

Since then, there have been a lot more articles surrounding this idea of “healthy conflict.” No longer do we fear conflict, we encourage it — because it means there are diverse views in the workplace, and we could use it as momentum for movement and growth. (more…)

Authority Without Influence Is Not Leadership

Is there a difference between authority and influence?


You might be reading this from a place of authority. You have the title, the office, the staff. You know what it means to be in charge. You’ve been given the authority to lead.

The difference between authority and influence matters most to leaders with authority because it can deeply affect their leadership — and their legacy. (more…)

Check In on Your Habits: A Simple Checklist

Simple Checklist


It’s almost April now, which means it’s been three months since you first started out on your New Year’s goals.

This isn’t a check-in to make you feel bad about how far you are in your goals. Just an encouragement and hopefully a practical tool to help you get back, or stay, on track.

In an article by Harvard Business Review, it’s noted how momentum changes over time in terms of setting new goals. In January, we have the opportunity to start new, fresh. We haven’t had the time to make mistakes or eat poorly. We’re pumped to take on the new year with a new plan, and a new mentality.

Then January passes us by. We’re in February, and we’ve either completely given up on our goals or we are wavering by the day. By March, the enthusiasm we had mere months ago feels like a distant memory.

How do you continue on? Of course, the goals you chose were important enough for you to set way back when, so what’s keeping you from accomplishing them now? (more…)

Mapping out the Future, Part 2: Purpose, Process, Structure

Purpose, Process, Structure


We cannot predict the future, but we can plan for it. The goals, strategies, and dreams we have for what lies ahead of us have the ability to shape our reality. In ministry and in life, the only way to create the life we want to live is to build it ourselves. We have to plan, prepare, and forecast the future. We have to map it out.

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The first section of a ministry action plan is all about the big picture. Where is your ministry going? What are the driving forces behind your ministry? And what structures and systems do you have in place to help you accomplish your goals? Let’s spend some time focusing on these topics. (more…)

Effectiveness vs. Efficiency: Is Collaborative Leadership Worth It?

Collaborative Leadership


You may have heard the phrase “collaborative leadership” thrown around over the past year or so. Put together those two words sound really great, dynamic even. But the logistics can leave people thinking, Is it really worth it?

The answer is usually yes.

First, let’s define collaborative leadership. According to Duke Matlock’s dictionary, collaborative leadership is the practice of pulling up more seats at the table and allowing other voices to be heard. (more…)

It’s Time to Take Your Thoughts for A Walk

Thoughts for a Walk


Got five minutes to spare?

I recently listened to a TED Talk about a simple way to boost creativity and idea generation. It’s only five minutes long, and I highly suggest listening to it.

Whether you have writer’s block, have an organizational problem you can’t seem to solve, or find yourself anxious before a meeting, speaker Marily Oppezzo suggests going for a walk.

She found this through a study made up of three groups. They were broken up based on test groups who were sat vs. walked on a treadmill. The first group sat for both sessions, the second group sat first and walked during the second session, and then the third group walked first and sat during the second session. (more…)