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The Problem With Procedure

Today I’m highlighting the dangerous pitfalls of over-reliance on procedures and systems. I’m coming from a perspective of personal experience in this area, as I have felt the effects of these pitfalls as well as the temptation to be overly reliant on procedures. I’ll start by saying that I’m a big fan of structure and procedure in a team environment. When I see details being missed or communication breaking down, …

Amplify Training Launch

After months of preparation, we had the immense privilege today of launching our Amplify training initiatives at The Chapel. It was amazing to have all aspects of our Worship and Creative Arts team in one place at the same time, to shape a vision for our future direction and to equip people to serve well where they are called to be. Below, you can listen to the opening large group …

Tough Conversations

Today’s topic is Tough Conversations – how do we prepare for and walk through the inevitable tough conversations that we will face: Gain Insight First It is never a wise idea to walk into a conversation that you know will be difficult until you’ve taken steps to gain insight into the situation. It’s important to do this with integrity and with respect for that person, so it cannot become a search …

Perception

Perception is an incredibly powerful variable in every situation we face. How you perceive others, and how they perceive you, has an effect on your approach to a situation, the decision you make in that situation, and how others will view you in that interaction. Whether you’re leading a team of employees, a group of volunteers, or leading informally by influence, you must be aware of the effects of perception …

Out Of Your League: What we can learn from the replacement refs

Sometimes, experience just matters. I’m not trying to say that experience, or a lack of experience disqualifies people, because at one time I had no experience and was given an opportunity. Before I knew much of anything, I was put in a position of leading events and a team of people. I love when leaders are willing to give young guys the chance to grow. But, sometimes there’a an obvious …

An Ideal Culture

Culture is one of those terms that seems theoretical and uncontrollable at first glance. We see cultural differences between countries; even regions within the same country. In some cultures, things move fast. In others, the world seems more relaxed. Culture helps to dictate what is “normal”; what actions and priorities are considered to be kind of default. If you lead a team of people, hopefully you know that a culture …

My constantly changing organization method

Ever since I was in middle school, my method for organization has been in constant state of change. Thankfully I’ve gotten a lot better at it since the days of my high school locker that I couldn’t open all the way for fear of things falling out into the hallway, but I’m still tweaking. So why does my method keep changing?  Anyone that knows me well, knows that I go …

Things aren’t always what they seem…

So often we take situations at face value and don’t recognize that they are not what they appear. This principle is so important anytime you’re dealing with other people – assumptions lead you to weird places oftentimes. Anyways, that’s the point of today’s post. The point IS that sometimes God can take what you think is a run of the mill situation and show you that He had so much …