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  • Wolf In Sheep Clothing

    Can you spot the wolf in sheep's clothing? (Short Mark Dever Video)

    Full disclosure: I don’t know Mark, but I like what he said in this short clip. It reminds us that we cannot just reheat John 3:16 for the crowd each week… maturity in Jesus will take more. It will take building grids and filters of …

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  • Observation WS

    Four observations on the best team leaders I know:

    The best team leaders I know are avid learners. They are growing all the time. When we lead people, we learn that there is much we do not about motivating people! It seems everyday brings a new challenge. Bookstores are filled with management and leadership materials, and …

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  • Leadership WS

    Team Hack #13: Three essentials for team leaders

    J. Richard Chase was recently quoted in an article I read as saying: “Aristotle is credited with the concept that leadership requires character, competency and concern for others.” The short but important saying is helpful for all team leaders. In essence, there are three areas we must focus …

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  • Tools

    Hack #12: Keep the Tools Working Well

    I worked with a number of really good men in my career. One of the most helpful was a man I was with for only a few days during my summer job at Mobil Oil in the refinery in New Jersey. He was an older …

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  • Danger WS

    Team Hack #10: Four Danger Zones of Team Leaders

    Every team has struggles synchronizing to each other and learning to be consistently effective in producing predictable and desired outcomes. It isn’t always smooth sailing, but we need not be hung up on the rocks of the shallows either. The first step to avoiding the …

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  • Leadershp2 WS

    Asking Leaders About Leadership

    If you want to know how to do something, ask the guy who does it everyday. I can try to learn how everything in my computer works, but it often pays to simply get the repair guy to look at it. He can do in minutes what I …

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  • Hiking WS

    Team Hack #9: Cardinal rules of motivation!

    Despite the many books that tell us otherwise, many team leaders and managers simply don’t believe the one simple truth about motivating people. People work hardest when they believe in the task they are doing, and believe the person they are doing it for believes …

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  • Wind1

    Five Observations on the Changing Wind.

    Featured Photo called “Northern Exposure” by Mark Henspeter, under Creative Commons license As a leader who mentors youth in their twenties, I have been feeling incredibly optimistic in recent years. For many young people in today’s church, the experience is changing from a decade ago. …

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  • Broom WS

    Team Hack #8: Decrapify Your Team

    OK, I know I will get some static on this one. Pastors aren’t supposed to use any language that cannot be found on an old rerun of “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood”. If you give me a chance, I will explain my choice of title. It started …

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  • Password WS

    Team Hack #7: How to Make a Team Password System

    It seems like my life has a thousand passwords. Between bank pins and software passwords, how in the world can I keep them straight? What is worse, is that I work with people that put passwords on various accounts and computer software. How can we …

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