Monthly Archives: March 2020

Taking the Arrows

Leaders who hold the baseline between panic and dismissive indifference find themselves in the most precarious place. Some people will find their steadiness a comforting guide. Those are usually the ones who don’t swing too far from the baseline. They’re the reasonable folks who are looking for reason. Unfortunately, there are unreasonable folks who are, by definition,

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Keeping the Baseline

Every team will find itself in a crisis at some point. Sports teams fall behind and must make adjustments to make a comeback. Office teams run into obstacles that cause them to rethink their gameplan. Families are hit with adversity that causes them to rally around each other to power through circumstances. The world is at a

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Punctuated Equilibrium

How do you manage the stress of your life? I used to go to the gym and burn not only calories but all my anxiety, irritation, and malice through physical activity. Now the gym is closed due to COVID-19 and I am left to deal with all those wonderful aspects of myself. I have heard people talk

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Embrace Uncertainty

Our comfort is often found in what we can count on happening. The sun rising. The paycheck after a hard days work. Church on Sunday. Two of the three things I just mentioned are no longer guaranteed in the manner we are used to. Much of what we have counted on is no longer certain. This can

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The Learning Curve of Leadership

Leadership requires a high level of emotional security. Insecurity robs the leader of the opportunity to become a learner. Our own insecurity causes us to want to fake it until we make it but that only tends to isolate us from the help and instruction we need in critical moments. I am blown away by the choice

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The Test of Circumstance

What are we willing we do to accomplish the team’s goals? What aren’t we willing to do? Anything short of sin? Hangups about certain things in peacetime tend to hinder us less in wartime. Things outside our comfort zone can become morally ambiguous when a crisis demands that we cross lines drawn in the sand by our

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Don’t be the mayor.

No leader wants to be the Mayor of Amity Island and fail to close the beach on 4th of July weekend with the knowledge that there is a potential “invisible threat” swimming around. As leaders of a church, city, sports league or country, we have all been placed in the shoes of that mayor and been tested

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Play the hand you can.

I would not wish a global pandemic on anyone at any time but I do believe it is important to play the cards that are dealt to us the best we can. Sometimes we get dealt something that is not really a great hand, but if played well, could still lead to a win. In this break

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Unconstructive

Great teammates follow the lead of experts and leaders but they do not blindly follow if the plan proves to have flaws. Great teammates execute plans as well as they can and communicate problems with that execution in real time. This is not complaining but rather informing with the intent to be helpful, giving accurate feedback so

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Don’t be a Monday morning QB.

Now more than ever it is important to be a good teammate because the stakes are high. Lives and livelihoods are on the line so let’s trust the leadership we find ourselves under. Not everyone is a naturally good teammate because they don’t trust decisions they don’t understand. People who question cautious plans in a time of

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