Intentionality Making Things Happen

I asked a dad one time how his family was doing. He replied after a short pause, “Well, nobody’s crying. So I guess everything is fine.” That comment is quite common among dads in particular and many leaders in general. It says a lot about how they view their role as a leader.

Football helmet and ball with play strategy drawn on a background chalk board with copy space.

The Problem of Distance

Jumping to Conclusions

I was reading recently of an interesting and all too common experience in the book of Joshua that indicates a poor leadership reaction. I call it the Joshua 22 Syndrome.

Coin operated binocular on the rocks

And it’s not a great leadership practice. In fact, it causes a lot of problems. Here’s the backdrop to what was taking place.

Setting Direction – Part 5: Which Boundaries?

What Guard Rails Have You Set Up?

A fifth question to aid us in our leadership role of Setting Direction is which boundaries will get us there? That is… what drives success?

Sneakers from above. Male and female feet in sneakers from above, standing at dividing line.

I picked this element up from reading Dr. Henry Cloud’s excellent book, Boundaries for Leaders. Boundaries help determine what you will allow or focus on and what you will not allow or not focus on.

Setting Direction – Part 4: What Are Our Current Realities?

Along with where are we going, why are we going there, and what does it look like when it’s done well, another what question needs to follow. Namely, what are our current realities?

Close up dirty golf ball stuck between two palm trees

We need to have the end in sight. We need good rationale for aiming there. And we need to make sure what reaching there actually should look like. However,

Setting Direction – Part 3: What Does It Look Like When Done Well?

What's the Win?

Once the overall direction has been set and the reasons for going there thought-through and communicated, another critical question is this one: What Does It Look Like When Done Well?

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Now you’re first response may be, “Isn’t that obvious?” It’s actually not. It is assumed, though. And this assumption is the cause of much frustration. Let’s look at why this question needs to be put on the table.

Setting Direction Part 1: Do You Know Where You’re Going?

A Common Phenomenon: Lost But Making Great Time

You’ve probably heard the one about the airline pilot who tells his passengers that he has some good news/bad news for them midway through their flight.

Captain is starting increasing thrust to take off. Departure is during sunset.

He starts with the bad news which he states by saying, “We are completely lost.” He then reassures them by saying, “The good news, however, is that we are making great time.”

The Leader and His Pursuits

5 C's to Consider for Success

I was reading in the book of Judges about a military leader named Gideon. He and his men had routed an enemy army the night before and were subsequently pursuing the remnant who had fled.

Rapid river in mountains - Norwegian scene. Outdoor park.

As I reflected on this incident, it prompted some thoughts on leadership in the midst of a pursuit. I found it has application for us as leaders today.

3 Intrinsic Motivations That Get People Going

Motivations From The Larger Picture

External motivations such as rewards or consequences have an affect on us all and can never be discounted. However, more intrinsic, internal ones are taking on added importance, especially with the generation of younger leaders.

Hand of a man reaching out the beautiful landscape. POV shot of human hand on a sunny day.

I was talking to a missionary couple who had been working in bible translation with a group of people sociologists tagged as the most primitive tribe in Central America.