Dan Rockwell extrapolates on the observation that he knows exactly the right way to make a taco to illustrate the distinction between procedures based on preference and those that need to be regulated in a particular way. Making a leader’s preferences into rigid regulations will strangle the organic life of a group. Read Dan Rockwell’s …

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Working together in partnership to develop and further the ministry and mission of a local church is best served by an open-ness and humility in conversation that allows conviction. David Prince writes about life We must not settle for any idea offered in a staff meeting planning time simply because it might hurt someone’s feelings …

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I’m always uncomfortable when people tell me I’m busy. (They’re always making that observation in an encouraging and sympathetic way, not as a complaint, btw) From Seth Godin: There’s a common safe place: Being busy. We’re supposed to give you a pass because you were full on, all day. Frantically moving from one thing to …

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In a post about leadership Ed Stetzer identifies a number of areas that he describes as mature leadership. On of these has to do with accountability. Mature leaders purposefully set up structures for accountability and then seek and receive genuine accountability within those structures. They understand that it is easy to be drawn into inappropriate …

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Thanks to Byron at the Snot Blog for pointing out this crisp yet creamy comparison between effective organisational culture and vanilla slice. From the article: Vanilla Slices, and our quest to find, describe, and prescribe the perfect one, is not dissimilar to our passion for good organisational culture. You may think that’s a stretch, but …

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Dan Hotchkiss observes that churches of a certain size tend toward staff-centered leadership structures. The first advantage of that structure is that they usually depend on one leader, and any disruption to that leader can have an inordinately disruptive effect on the organisation. He then points out a second, more philosophical disadvantage that resonates with …

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Reading this post by Dan Rockwell provided a moment of clarity on the difference between feedback and instruction. Good feedback energises performance, it doesn’t discourage effort. In a recent workshop, I invited a participant to knock a small box off a stool using a cookie. She stood with her back to the stool and tossed …

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