3 Priorities for Hiring Good Team Members

When adding people to your organization. Look for these three things (in the order listed!): Character Chemistry (organizational fit) Competency Talent doesn't matter if there is a deficiency of character or the person does not fit your culture.  

three ways you might be demotivating your staff

"The point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely -all your skills, gifts, and energies- in order to make your vision manifest. Enjoy the process of becoming." - Warren Bennis (from Susan Cain) Motivation is something that we read about a great deal. Most of what I … Continue reading three ways you might be demotivating your staff

are some staff/positions more valuable than others?

Good morning, looks like a beautiful sunrise here this morning! Recently, I was asked if some roles or positions (people) more valuable to the organization's mission than others.Following is basically how I responded. After you read it, tell me what you think. I once very much subscribed to the theory that some were more important … Continue reading are some staff/positions more valuable than others?

successful and mediocre organizations – the difference

Good morning! Enjoying a cool August morning here in southwest Michigan. Today, I get to work with a special group of people at Life Action Ministries. What is it that distinguishes the excellent organizations from the mediocre ones? Is it innovation and creativity? Is it better marketing? Is it better financial management? Is it more … Continue reading successful and mediocre organizations – the difference

Three Things to Consider for Your Formal Communication System

Good morning! I am traveling some this week and having the pleasure of being part of a team that is coming alongside an organization that is doing good in the inner city helping them to better manage their organization. Great group of folks. I am writing this sitting on the side of a hotel bed … Continue reading Three Things to Consider for Your Formal Communication System

The First Step to Organizational Health

"After two decades of working with CEOs and their teams of senior executives, I’ve become absolutely convinced that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre or unsuccessful ones has little, if anything, to do with what they know or how smart they are; it has everything to do with how healthy they are."* - … Continue reading The First Step to Organizational Health

Is It Time for a Checkup?

Good morning, it is finally a little cooler here in southwest Michigan. For a while I felt like I was back in the South! How are you doing? No really - how are you doing? Not just at work, not just at home, but in all areas of your life? Do you know how you … Continue reading Is It Time for a Checkup?

What Happens in an Unhealthy Organization

People suffer under bad leaders.  Plain and simple.  People suffer in unhealthy organizations - including unhealthy Christian organizations. I have the privilege of serving in a healthy organization that is striving to grow healthier and stronger, but I have served in unhealthy organizations in the past and I have tried to help some unhealthy organizations. … Continue reading What Happens in an Unhealthy Organization