Today's Challenge: Hard People Decisions - Part 1

One of the most challenging questions I repeatedly get from leaders is, not surprisingly, about people. Not just any people – the question is most often about an individual who hasn’t been able or willing to keep up with the demands of the job. These may be one of the thorniest situations a leader ever faces.

Teaching to Change Lives - Howard Hendricks Remembered

One of my dearest friends and mentors died last week. Howard Hendricks was 88 years old. He was someone who understood the law of multiplication. During his career of more than 60 years at Dallas Theological Seminary, he taught and mentored thousands of men and women. I had the wonderful privilege of being one of them.

Today's Challenge: Celebration

This is the next installment in the series in which I answer a question from a leader somewhere in the world. Today’s topic is not universal – by that I mean, some leaders I know don’t have an issue with this at all. However, many leaders, including myself, do struggle with celebrating the team’s accomplishments.

5 Dementors of Collaboration

In the Harry Potter series, Dementors roamed the earth attempting to suck the soul out of unsuspecting victims. In our world, there are equally insidious forces at play that seek to suck the life from our organizations. Left unguarded, one of the victims will be collaboration.

Leadership Is Stewardship

Stewardship is not a word you hear a lot in day-to-day conversations. However, I think it’s an important idea for leaders to keep in mind. If you look at what the word really means, it implies a relationship and an understanding. The core idea is that we don’t really own what we think we own - we are merely managers, or stewards, of these things. And, as a steward, we are accountable to someone else for how we manage that which has been entrusted to us.

Today's Challenge: Filling a Key Seat on Your Team

This is the next installment in a series of posts in which I speak to a topic or question submitted by a leader somewhere in the world. Today, I’ll share a few thoughts on an issue faced by virtually every leader at some time in his or her career. Today’s Challenge: How do you find the right leader for an open position?


As I’ve written about before, leaders are called upon to do many things for their organizations – we’re called on to articulate a vision for a better tomorrow, mobilize people, constantly drive improved outcomes, and on and on. However, there’s one thing I constantly see the best leaders do that I’ve never seen anything written about – they are masterful at simplifying things.


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