If you lead an organization of any kind, you're the Chief Clarity Officer.  Here are 12 things you must clarify.Mission - Why do we exist? Too many organizations have no why, a weak why or a fuzzy. Clarify this first or nothing else matters.Vision - Where are we going?  While you're ...
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Here are my notes from The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  It's an inspirational book that will help you focus on your work.It’s not the writing part that’s hard.  What’s hard is sitting down to write.Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unloved life within us.If you’re i ...
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I’ve had the opportunity to work with several great leaders in my life and here are some things I’ve observed. 1. Great leaders own their schedule. Andy Stanley is one of the best leaders in the world.  And you know what?  I’ve never seen Andy tweet about how busy he is. That’s som ...
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The other day, I talked a friend who was struggling in his business.  He is a very talented person with a lot of skill.  But he’s working long hours and struggling to keep up.  I tried to encourage him, let him know his struggle was normal, and ask a few tough questions.One of those tough ques ...
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I heard a commercial on the radio for business cards.They said just $10 on new business cards could be THE difference maker in life and business this year.  Man, I wish it were that easy. Building a business is hard work and anyone who says otherwise should take it back.Don’t let any online mar ...
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In March of 2014, I stepped down as the CEO of The Rocket Company, a company I did not start from scratch but helped build.  During my tenure there, we grew about 5x in revenue and made the Inc 5000 list.  We also helped a lot of churches raise money, recruit volunteers and have better services. ...
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Here are my notes from Customer Mania: It's Never Too Late to Build a Customer Focused Company by Ken Blanchard.If you don’t take care of your customers, someone else will. The goal is not to create happy customers, but raving fans (example: a personal 7 AM wake up call with the weather report)Ke ...
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If you've been here for a while, you might have noticed a redesigned look and a little shift in the content. That's been intentional, because I want to use my blog to talk about starting things, starting things again, and starting things that matter.For the last six months, I've been working behind ...
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It's that time of year again.  Everyone is publishing their best lists.  The best books.  The best movies. The top this and the top that.But I'm all about saving you time, so here's my 2014 list of best lists.The highest grossing movies of 2014 were...Mashabale tells you about the 12 best iPhone ...
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I've backed a half-dozen projects or so on Kickstarter - from a novel to a brewery to a kid selling cupcakes.  And my daughter did a Kickstarter to raise money to self publish her book.  It's a great way to validate an idea and generate activity right off the bat.  I love it.Here are my five favo ...
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Here are a list of the best books I read in 2014.1.  Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull.  This book is all about creativity inside Pixar.  It's part story and part leadership development.  It was the best book I read this year.2.  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  This is an incredible story of resi ...
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Well it’s that time of the year again…time for my list of the 9 best Christmas presents for your friends and family.Technically I haven’t done a post like this before, but I’m thinking it should become a Christmas tradition.   Like decorating a tree, or watching Elf from a throne of lies, ...
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This week, I'm heading to Detroit for three days to record Season 1 of a brand new podcast for church leaders.But I need your help.We want to answer real questions from real pastors.  So will you call, leave a voicemail and ask a question.Just call (248) 955-3236.Keep it short (30-45 seconds) but ...
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One of the most powerful tools you can use to lead your church is really one of the most simple.It’s a calendar.And one of the most important calendars you can create is an annual calendar.  This isn’t what happens in your church this year, it’s what happens in your church every year.  It ...
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I used to joke that I wanted to be a branding consultant because nobody knew what either of the words meant and I could charge whatever I want.But I love the church and I love good branding.I didn’t go to school for it.  I’ve never worked  at an agency.  And I don’t really know how to use A ...
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