Category Archives: Leadership

LESS WORK, MORE PRODUCTIVITY

“Less Work. More Productivity.” This is the best oxymoron I’ve put to the test and proven to be true. When my girls were very young, Scott and I had a desire that my work would always be secondary to our children. That meant I would work while they were in school and end my work day when school dismissed…that I would be available for special school functions and parties…that I would be with them on days that school was out and make it through the summers without a baby sitter. It was, and still is, a difficult goal to achieve. Sometimes I do not hit the mark, but most of the time I do. It isn’t easy. It is intentional.

My children are now teenagers with hectic lives and my ministry responsibilities have increased ten-fold; but as I continually learn to protect my work week the more my family time increases and so does my productivity.

Do you think it would be impossible for you to work less than 8-10 hours per day? This article, by Robert Locke, uncovers some of the ways I have protected my five hour work day and has given me a few new ideas to implement. (For the record #1 and #3 have always had the potential to suck my time and productivity away and are at the top of my how-to-succeed list!)

“LITTLE” SINS

When I was a little girl I had a collection of fairytale books. My two favorites were Grimm’s and Hans Christian Andersen. It is impossible for me to select just one favorite fairytale but I do have several favorites. Among them is the Princess and the Pea. If you don’t know the story you can read a one-paragraph synopsis here. (Promise me you will not tell me that you didn’t read fairy-tales as a kid because I will only spend weeks stalking you with fairytale books trying to help you make up for lost experiences.)

Now,  one would think that I spent time as a little girl imagining myself as the Princess or what it would be like to marry the Prince. But, no. I spent my time thinking of how ludicrous the thought was that a person could feel a pea located under forty mattresses! I loved fairy-tales as much as anyone, but forty mattresses?! It was too much of a stretch.

As an adult, however, I have witnessed the tiniest of things cause the greatest of destruction. The following is not an exhaustive list but includes four things that seem small or insignificant, but will reap the most destruction. They apply to every believer but my focus will be on church leaders. Continue reading

THREE RELATIONSHIPS YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE

There is an old saying, “It is lonely at the top.” I’m not sure who said it but I can almost guarantee you the leadership was a “me, not we” style. The fact is that the higher up you are in the organizational chart, the more trustworthy people you need surrounding you. Notice that I said trustworthy. I have found these three types of relationships to be the most vital in my life: Continue reading

WHY YOU NEED A LIFE COACH

In December 2014, I wrapped up one year of intense leadership coaching through Building Champions. My coach was a true coach in every sense of the word. She walked me through a detailed life plan, helped me set goals, and then spent the rest of the year standing behind me with a voice of encouragement. She gave me tools to help correct my sometimes weak leadership thinking. She helped me to see where I had gotten off my vision course, identify my weak spots, and empowered me to strengthen them. She even grieved with me through some tough times. I found my coach to be an essential component to 2014 being a success and I want to tell you why you should think about having a coach of your own in 2015.

To know your life purpose. Until I was coached through a Life Plan and Ministry Vision Plan, I could not tell you what I thought my life purpose was. Once I fleshed out the things that are most important to me; learned more about my personality, talents and spiritual gifts; and set my long-term goals, my life purpose came alive: Continue reading