Implementing Your Decisions

While decision-making happens in contained environments, decision implementation is organization-wide. Your decision to hire—or fire—someone, for instance, has consequences for your entire organization. Most leaders focus on decision-making; very few…

  • Implementing Your Decisions

    While decision-making happens in contained environments, decision implementation is organization-wide. Your decision to hire—or fire—someone, for instance, has consequences for your entire organization. Most leaders focus on decision-making; very few have a strategy for implementing those decisions. Forming this strategy will ensure that your decisions are viable, successful, and consequential.

  • Threatened by Emerging Leaders

    A huge challenge in corporate and church circles is the dissonance between incoming and established leaders. Sometimes, established leaders begin playing not to lose, rather than playing to win. This creates a possessiveness that creates tension with incoming leaders. Once you recognize that, it’s time to prepare your present leaders for those to come. Bring them up to speed, and they will respect and receive your emerging leaders.

  • Assume Nothing

    Everyone has assumptions. We get into trouble as leaders, however, when we make decisions based off of our assumptions. We must learn to clarify everything, adopting a non-assumptive posture. Assumptions create disappointment. Clarification and communication create knowledge and assurance.

  • Leading into the Unknown

    Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “You cannot take people where you haven’t gone yourself.” It seems logical; however, that saying is not true. Every major leader, whether spiritual, political, or social, has led people to places they have never been themselves.

    The highest level of leadership is being able to lead in ambiguity. After all how you lead people when they’re uncertain, and you are uncertain, calls on and reveals your leadership skills—your thinking, your way of motivating others, and your willingness to gather a team around you. All these things come into play when you realize you are taking people where you yourself have never been. So…what new territory are you venturing into today? Who are you taking with you?

  • Make it Your Own

    We all go to conferences, read books, listen to podcasts, and surf social media. We learn principles every day. However, just because you learn something doesn’t mean you can automatically teach it to others.

    Many people teach material they haven’t yet made their own. We must take principles we learn and make them our own before teaching them to others. Live it out! Chew on it. Make it personal for yourself. Until then, it’ll only be theoretical knowledge. Once you make it your own, you have power behind the principles you’ve learned.

  • A Deadly Love

    Narcissism is when you fall in love with yourself, and consider yourself more important than any other person or responsibility around you. Unfortunately, I see narcissism camouflaged as humility. It is hard for narcissists to see their own pride in the mirror.

    Narcissism presents challenges because people feel ignored and unable to say anything to the leader about it. I encourage you, as a leader, to think of yourself—but not so highly that you dishonor and minimize others. Take good inventory of yourself; a narcissist leader is always going to fall.

  • Meeting Your Leaders

    All of us want to meet certain people in life. I’ve got my list. You’ve got your list. The probability is that I won’t get to meet everyone on my list. And yet, I can still “meet” every one of them. How? I become their student. I listen to them. I follow them. I read what they write. I observe the decisions that they make. My challenge to you today is to identify three leaders you want to meet, find out all you can about them, and learn from them. You may not be able to get into their presence, but you can still benefit from their wisdom. Make your list. Become a student. Meet the leaders you’ve always wanted to meet.

  • Power vs. Authority

    Power and authority are distinctly different from one another.  Someone can have power in your life, but no authority. Somebody can have authority in your life, but no power. Somebody can have power and authority in your life. Power is title-driven and positional: people can intimidate you or hold things over you when they have power. Authority, however, is earned. When you invest in others, they authorize you to have influence in their lives. What will you do in the next few days to gain authority by investing in those around you? Most people simply lead from power. You can lead with authority!

  • A Time and Place to be Transparent

    Some people are more opaque than transparent– they don’t share much of their private lives. Others are so transparent, they share too much. Transparency for its own sake isn’t healthy, necessarily. However, transparency for the sake of organizational growth gives you purpose.
    As a leader, when you’re preparing to be transparent, ask yourself this question: ‘Why am I being transparent in this situation?’ Once you discover the answer to this question, you can leverage your transparency to bring transformation.
  • Keep Your Hands on the Wheel

    “Complacency happens when you look at what you’ve built, admire it, take your hand off the steering wheel, and put your endeavor into autopilot. Complacency says, “I have arrived.” Look out! This way of thinking assumes a static status quo: you will always remain the same if you operate from this perspective. However, when you see life as dynamic—never steady, consistently moving and changing—you will never take your hands off the wheel. We’ve all seen organizations and churches lose what they’ve built because of complacency. Fight this tendency in yourself to accept a false security, and always stay alert and ready for what’s coming next.”

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