Leadership Lessons From A Marathon Run

What a marathon taught me about leadership

Never in my life did I want to run a marathon. I thought it wasn’t for me. And the distance, 26.2 miles, seemed too far for my legs to carry me. Yet, this past Sunday, I ran my first (and I’m saying my only) marathon.

What running a marathon can teach you about leadership

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I ran the marathon for a reason. In areas without access to clean water 1 out of every 2 children die before the age of 5 because of water-related issues. Because of this, I chose to run with Team World Vision and bring clean water to these children. Currently, the West Michigan Team World Vision team raised over $400,000 in donations for clean water. That’s a lot of people’s lives changed! You can still make a difference by going HERE and donating.

So, that’s why I ran a marathon this year. Through this marathon experience, I was reminded of key leadership truths. We’re going to take a look at those leadership truths in the rest of this article.

The Challenges Of A Job Transition

I haven’t had a lot of experience with job transitions. However, the job transitions I’ve had, have exposed me to the challenges you will face when switching jobs.

Man facing first day at new job and the challenges he will face

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Most recently, I switched companies and experienced the challenges once more. Today, we’re going to talk about what challenges you’ll face as you transition to a new organization and what you can do about them.

The Excitement Of A Job Transition

Let’s be honest, when you choose to transition from one organization to another, the transition is exciting. You get to move into a new organization and help them thrive. Your expertise will change the company you’re going to.

That is exciting. You have new opportunities. New challenges. New relationships. And, hopefully, better pay.

These items make a job transition fun and exciting. You’re getting to move out and expand your horizons.

Catalyst Atlanta 2018 Recap

I have a hard time believing Catalyst Atlanta 2018 has come to an end. It’s been a few days and I’ve had time to ponder what transpired and the words of wisdom spoken over the Infinite Energy Arena where church leaders from around the world.

Catalyst Atlanta 2018 Attendess

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Speakers such as Andy Stanley, Tyler Perry, and Craig Groeschel shared what they believe the Lord was telling them. The words spoken were life-giving and challenging. They’re also what all leaders need to study.

Below, you will find a recap of the talks from the Catalyst Atlanta 2018 speakers.

Catalyst Atlanta 2018 Recap

Andy Stanley

With his newest book, Irresistible, Andy Stanley may have been the most controversial speaker at Catalyst this year. Even with the controversy, Andy Stanley delivered a powerful message about leading and the imposter syndrome.

The most impactful quotes from Andy Stanley this year were:

5 Ways To Team Build

Motivating Your Team

You know how to motivate your team now. We’ve talked plenty about that over the last month.

But what does it take to build a strong, cohesive team? You have the groundwork laid. And it’s a firm foundation.

People running in a field, team building

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Yet you will have to do more if you want to team build. Let’s look at what it will take.

5 Ways To Team Build

1. Host get-togethers outside of the office:

A team that plays together stays together. At my newest organization, we’re doing something called Team Bolding. It’s a play on the words Team Building and our company name.

There’s been a couple of activities that really made people talk. A visit to the local trampoline park. Hanging out at the local Parties In The Park. And more.

Getting your team members to associate outside of work is a great way to build the morale and camaraderie of your team.

Why You Need To Motivate Your Staff

A big mistake many leaders make is assuming their team doesn’t need to be motivated. That their team can come in ready to work because they’re being paid.

That’s a fair assumption… If our teams were robots. Robots don’t need to be motivated. All they need is a simple input into their system and away they go. They’ll labor away for hours.

Your staff needs motivation, you can give it

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But humans are a different story. Humans, our team members, can’t mindlessly drone on through their jobs. Many times, they will need to be motivated.

Why You Need To Motivate Your Staff

Do you remember the last time you came into the office and you felt your fuel tank was empty? You probably have this feeling more often than you’d like to admit. But there are plenty of days when you lack the motivation to get work done.