An ancient Chinese proverb tells us that the best time to plant a tree was 20 ago. The second best time to plant a tree is now.
Such wise words that have carried through time. Yet we disregard this piece of knowledge time and again.
How many times have you said: Ughh… I should have studied harder in school? Or I wish I would have learned how to play guitar when I was younger?
We’ve all got hobbies we wish we would have pursued years ago. If we had, we might have become talented in our pursuit.
But we didn’t. We can’t go back in time and change the fact we didn’t pursue something we love. We can change something else… Read more...
The world is changing. And fast. That’s why we need catalyst leaders.
They take charge and get things done. Even when the world is in chaos around them.
What Is A Catalyst Leader?
A catalyst leader is someone who’s leading change. They see what’s happening in the world and they jump in.
Catalyst leaders are those who are forward looking. Knowing you can’t lead without having a vision for something new.
They’re also leaders who are willing to push through resistance. They know they’ll experience a lot of pushback because of the new ideas they’re presenting.
How To Become A Catalyst Leader
Those who become a catalyst leader are a rare breed. Or maybe a dying breed.
We don’t see a lot of catalyst leaders out there. Yet we need them. Read more...
Last weekend I got to experience something I’ve always longed to do: Attend a comic-con.
This one wasn’t a big convention like the San Diego or New York Comic-Con. It was a much smaller one that still packed a punch.
While the Grand Rapids Comic-Con was smaller, walking the convention still took us 4 hours. As we walked the convention floors, I saw leadership lessons all around.
Leadership Lessons From A Comic Convention
1. You don’t have to be perfect to lead
If you know anything about the comic book world, there’s a lot of fans who love to show their adoration of the characters by dressing up in cosplay for conventions. This comic con was no different.
There were plenty of fans dressed up as their favorite characters. I remember seeing Captain America, the Ghostbusters, Winter Solider, and many more comic book and TV characters. Read more...
Today’s guest on the Answers From Leadership podcast is David Abraham. David is a revivalist who desires nothing more than to see a generation encounter the tangible presence of God! David believes that one encounter with Jesus can change the destiny of a person, a country or a generation forever!
David and his wife Rebecca are founders of Revive, an evangelistic ministry with a prophetic declaration to incite God-encounters in the lives of individuals and churches around the world. Out of this, they’ve started“NOW” (nowishere.org), encounter-based events on secular university campuses in which students are invited to encounter God!
Having grown up in the church, David is passionate in helping people become free from the culture of religion and “churchianity” so they can truly live in the Father’s love and affirmation; in turn, live out their God-given identity. David has worked Pastor William McDowell and his team to help launch Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, FL and at the end of 2015, David and Rebecca were named in Charisma Magazine’s “rising voices under 40” article. Read more...
One of the biggest decisions a new, or even old, leader will make is who to hire and bring onto their team.
Few people understand how important hiring the right person is. They lack the insight to realize bringing the wrong person onto the team can damage the culture of the organization.
But don’t fear faithful reader, there’s something you can do when it’s time to bring someone new onto your team. It’s not easy and it’s going to take work but it’s well worth it.
So, what can you do to make a wise decision in the hiring process? I believe heeding the follow advice will help you in this leadership task.
Look for passion: Steve Jobs had it right when it came to hiring. He said in a Fortune interview that competence is the ante but the real issue was “Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself.” Read more...