Michael Lukaszewski » leadership 2

If you're a visionary leader, this post is for you.  If you work for a visionary leader, forward it to them.Though a lot of people think of me as a systems guy, I actually tip more to the visionary side of things when it comes to leadership.  I like to set direction, cast vision, and get out of th ...
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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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Three Things Every Leader Must Have
I love helping leaders.  And I’m blessed to be able to work with so many great leaders.And it’s awesome to see leaders in so many areas of life - in the home, in the workplace and in the church.  Here are three things every leader needs.1.  PurposeMost organizations know what they do. ...
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About one year into leading a rapidly growing church, things were spinning out of control. There were people everywhere and we had no processes to get anything done.  My friend Matt sent be a verse from the book of Proverbs that changed things.Proverbs 19:2 says “passion without knowledge is not ...
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I wanted to share a quick and hopefully encouraging lesson with you. It starts with this picture.Looks like a pretty nice place, doesn't it?Now, take a look at this next picture.That's a picture of the exact same property. Know what's different?Perspective.Perspective is your mental view or outlook. ...
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There are a lot of things you might not have.You might not have enough money in the bank account.You might not have an administrative assistant.You might not have enough space, a MacBook Pro or a volunteer leader.Tt would be easy to sit around and talk about what you could do it we only had this.  ...
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Yesterday, the United States Postal Service announced it would end Saturday delivery of mail in an attempt to cut costs. Say what you want about the inefficiency of government, but this was the right move. It will save the federal government about $2 Billion and it's supported by 7 of 10 Americans.I ...
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Our company is in the midst of breaking a lot of things.And we're doing it on purpose.Because it can be put back together in a better way...smarter way...and a way that will work better for the next season.In The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes and Posner argue that all ideas have to be periodically de ...
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Here's a random observation.The higher level leader you are, the more resources you need in order to be effective.So the big mistake we make in churches (and business for that matter), is depleting the budget to bring in a high level leader, but have nothing left over for admin help or an operationa ...
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Masking tape was invented by a guy who worked for an auto body paint shop.Post It Notes weren't invented because someone was trying to invent the post it note.Some of the best ideas aren't totally out-of-the box, brand new thoughts, but a combination of two or more ideas. So it's not always a brand ...
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When I go to a restaurant, I don't want my server to be slammed with tables. It prevents me from getting refills. But the restaurant owner, wants every table in the house filled, with a waiting list to boot.When I hire a consultant, I don't want him to have 35 other clients. It means I miss out on p ...
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All leaders must make decisions. And while there are nuances and determining factors that can make some decisions difficult, here's a simple formula for making good decisions most of the time.Information + Time = Good DecisionsGood leaders crave good information.That's because good informatio ...
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Part one is here.  And here are two more things pastors should never say.6. I don't need to go to counseling. About a year ago, I started going to counseling. And about a year ago, I started wishing I had gone much, much sooner. As a pastor, I thought it was admitting weakness to go and talk ...
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In 2006, when I was doing the leg-work that would lead to the launch of a brand new church, I spent a lot of time creating strategies and systems. I wrote every word on our website. I drew up some pretty charts.  I created a darn good strategic plan.And all of those things, while foundational, did ...
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I read a line in Tina Fey's book that made me think of pastors. She was commenting on her portrayal as Sarah Palin and the disdain she received from various groups of people. As an intellectual comedian, she didn't have any problem with the critics, but as human, she wanted everyone to like her.That ...
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