It still has me shaking my head. For the life of me, after so many years involvement and interest, I cannot understand why Christian camps fail to measure their performance. (And I mean far more than just creating the annual financial report and telling us how many campers attended this past year.) Sure, there was a day (remember, “back when we were there”, "back in the day") when things were simpler. Decision-making information and resulting conversation seemed clearer and contained far less layers of complexity. But not anymore. C’mon. God’s still the same, but the days we live in and [...]
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You or one of your key leaders may be at a crossroads. Just a choice or two will determine where you end up. Burnout is one destination. You get there by way of people, attitudes, actions and reactions that wear you down and make you realize control of your own situation is fast slipping away. You allow others to get there by not caring, not paying attention or not knowing what to do and just pretending you don't see it. Reading the signposts that can lead to burnout may be crucial in determining what you do next. As a leader, [...]
Business leadership coaching is a strategic investment. Working with a seasoned coach creates a confidential setting in which to discuss personal performance and think through important aspects of business that influence competitive advantage in today's marketplace. It allows the owner or executive to talk through and flesh out strategy, discuss important operational concerns and improve work and leadership habits that contribute to positive growth. Over the years we have coached business clients experiencing head-turning success. We have also coached others with challenges for whom turn-around was critical. One client captured the sentiment of most. “I need some solid objective support. [...]
I work with Christians who make things happen (just like you) - in companies, nonprofits, governments and ministries. I train and coach them to more quickly zero in on what matters, what's priority and what to do next. Leverage and multiplication drives me (and has for 40 years). It's a prime motivator. Where I can assist 10 leaders, they can reach 10,000 or more. Where I can add value to 1000 leaders, they can serve and impact 1,000,000. Amazing isn't it. Multiplication and leverage. So, if I can assist you to work and lead more effectively every day (and I [...]
Using a quality assessment for hiring a Christian camp leader pays off. Here's exactly how it works and why. The leaders you hire to represent, lead or head up key positions in your camp are pivotal to your future success. Do not take this responsibility of choosing them lightly. Obviously in a Christian camp, much prayer and discussion should surround such an important decision. In addition there are truly some great, and I believe essential, tools to help you with that decision-making process. Before hiring key on-site and permanent staff at a Christian camp, I believe it’s critical to be [...]
Why Christian Leadership Coaching? Christian leadership coaching is engaged by Christian leaders and executives because like any other business or organizational leader, they want something to be different. They are intent on addressing personal, professional or organizational concerns. However, they want to work with a seasoned professional Coach who in addition to assisting them with business and ministry goals, shares a common Lord, common spiritual language and a common ultimate life purpose. Typically, and this is certainly true of our clients, they want more out of their total life. And while the emphasis of coaching may be oriented toward work, [...]
Along with many of my trained colleagues, I am an ICF Professional Certified Coach. ICF is the International Coach Federation, the most widely recognized credentialing organization in the professional coaching industry. Individual training organizations issue executive coaching certification credentials to their students. This is very much an area where you as a consumer need to do your homework. For instance, I graduated from Corporate Coach University many years ago – and that after having gone through Coach University. CCU is an extensive program of coach training aimed specifically at preparing professionals to serve the corporate and business coaching market. Training [...]
I believe Christian camping's contribution to leadership around the world is significant. I also believe that some of the best professionals, entrepreneurs, workers, givers and contributors to society can look back to attendance and service at camp as a defining factor in their younger years that influenced their growth as people and professionals. Now I'll admit to being biased (even after many years of formally being away from camp). I love camp. I love working with the leaders. I love the young men and women in whom I see such potential. I love teaching the scriptures. I love those one [...]
Ever think of how subtle the pride of being busy can be? Far too many leaders and professionals want to boast about being busy .. not as a fact (because we ARE busy), but as an indication of something else. An attitude perhaps. Something that feeds a need within me to get recognized as important. After all, busyness equals importance, right? Not so fast. It's one thing to be busy. It's another thing to want people to know I'm busy. Let's be clear. I'm not advocating never telling someone you're busy. I'm advocating not making such a pronouncement to feed [...]
What hinders productivity? In most organizations, it's people, their attitudes and actions that will determine performance and productivity. People are critical to success. It's people who interact with each other and the systems that are in place to get the job done. When both leaders and employees or volunteers are aligned with the mission of what needs to happen and the vision of what they want that effort to ultimately achieve and when they are committed to give it their very best, there is no limit to what might be possible. When that is not the case, a downward spiral [...]