Michael Lukaszewski » Leadership

My family and I have attended NorthPoint Community Church in Atlanta for the last three years, and it's been absolutely crucial to my healing and our growth as a family.For those of you who may not know, I pastored a church for about five years.  After what some call a moral failure, I resigned to ...
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In my journey from pastoring a church to leading an online company to launching out on my own, I've learned a lot about Internet marketing.  I get questions about this all the time, and a few people have even hired me to work with them to create strategies and content.So I wanted to put together a ...
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Here are my notes from Creativity, Inc - Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, by Ed Catmull.  Ed is the President of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation and this book is one of the top leadership books I’ve read.  I highly recommend you buy a copy and read it. ...
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If I was speaking at your graduation, here are three things I would tell those wearing cap and gowns.1. We need you to be hopeful.Some would say you’re entering the real world today.  But that’s not true  The world you’ve been living in for the past few years isn’t any less real tha ...
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My 12-year old daughter still sleeps with a baby blanket.It was in her crib when she came home from the hospital.  Every night when she goes to sleep, she clings to this ragged, pink blanket.  It travels to friends houses and sleepovers.She doesn’t use it to keep warm. It doesn’t even cover he ...
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Here are my notes from Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek.  This is one of the top 10 books I've read, and it's going on my culture-shaping list of books every leader should let shape the culture of their organization.  The title of the book comes from the military, where officers ate last.“If you ...
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I’ve had the opportunity to start quite a few things in my life.I started a neighborhood “newspaper” as an 11-year old and sold subscriptions.  It even had a real estate section with pictures of homes for sale.I started a youth camp and ski retreat company with a youth pastor friend and we ha ...
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A little more than a month ago, I stepped down as CEO of The Rocket Company to focus on helping churches individually.  That decision was the result of three or four months of discussion.  I'm still working on Launch Pad and some other projects for the Rocket Company, but I'm focusing on coaching ...
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I’m excited to announce that enrollment to my online church growth network is now open.  I’m calling it the GROW network.This coaching network will help you create systems and strategies to prepare your church for big-time growth.  So if you’re stuck, or if you’re looking for ideas and acc ...
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My three year story with The Rocket Company has at least five chapters.I started as a contract writer.I joined the team full time to oversee the content.I became a partner in the company and starting leading the day-to-day operations.I became the CEO.I stepped back to focus on personal coaching and ...
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I attended Leadercast Live in Atlanta on May 9, 2014.  You can download my full notes in a 23-page PDF here.  But here were five of my favorite quotes.The value of a life is always measured by how much of it was given away. - Andy StanleyTreat those you lead with dignity and respect and they will ...
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I enjoy the game of golf.   I don’t play often, but when I do, I have a great time.Years ago, I had a friend who was a golf pro.  He took me to the range and showed me a couple of tricks that really helped.  He helped me straighten my shot, and added about 20 yards in length.  It felt SO GOOD ...
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Let’s talk about bosses.Here are three things I know about the typical boss/employee relationship.It’s a pay for performance thing.  You are not on the payroll because you are nice; you get paid for services rendered.It’s a transactional relationship.  You do this - you get that.  And the ...
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Here is a list of a few things I clipped into Evernote, saved for later in Feedly, or favorited on Twitter.  It's the 27th edition of Stuff I Starred.Be brave enough to say 'no' to good things. - Alysa Bajenaru, @InspiredRD“If it’s ‘all about the weekend’ then maybe it’s all about the pas ...
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A little more than a year ago, I started working on a project.The process went something like this:  idea, notes, outline, rough draft, rewrite, reorganize, give up, start back, design, layout, rewrite some more, fix problems, proof, fix problems, proof again, tell people it’s coming fix a proble ...
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