You Are Wasting Your Weekly Staff Meeting IF…—Eric Geiger
Most people struggle with meetings, unless they are leading them—and they think those are awesome!
The truth is that meetings are important. Without meetings, teams can move in a plethora of directions, communication gaps can grow, and execution can suffer. But weekly meetings, if not led well, can be an absolute waste of time. And this should be terrifying. When you consider the time of every person, meetings can be very expensive. So leading an ineffective staff meeting is just bad stewardship.
My Dad, the Sinner and Saint—Anonymous
I was 17, a senior in high school, working in my father’s store. Rumors had been floating for a few months that my dad was having an affair with a sales representative who visited the store periodically.
I did not believe it. My parents were adorably in love: regularly going on dates and trips, getting a bit too affectionate in front of their kids, laughing at each other’s jokes like they were in high school. And my dad was one of my most important spiritual role models: leading the family in devotions, spending hours talking theology with me, inspiring me to go to divinity school.
7 Characteristics of the Bottleneck Leader—Ron Edmondson
Leaders should aim to never be a bottleneck in the process of building a healthy and growing organization.
When I owned a small manufacturing company I had to learn the language of the field. I obviously knew the term bottleneck, but I never really understood it until it became the difference in being profitable or not. When the bottom line depends on productivity being at its highest, as the one ultimately in control, you learn what the term means first hand.
3 Ways to Multitask Well (Even Though Your Brain Hates It)—Jessica Stillman
Did you hear about the study that showed drivers who were talking on their cell phones (even hands-free) performed just as badly as drunk drivers?
How about the one that suggested multitasking physically shrinks your brain? Or the research that showed emailing and text messaging simultaneously can reduce your IQ by 10 points?
Whether you’ve come across these particular alarming findings or not, you’re probably not a stranger to the fact that a gargantuan heap of evidence suggests that trying to do multiple things at once generally makes your brain smolder and complain. (Though apparently a minuscule minority of us can actually handle constant switching).
Nothing Left of Me—Deb Douglas
There’s nothing left of me.
That was the comment of a mom friend today. When she said those words, my heart stopped. Literally. Stopped. I flashed back to times in my life when those could have been my words. Being a mom is tough.
It is a sentence of desperation, exhaustion, and reality. After all of the demands on the life of a mom, there’s nothing left.
Nothing left for serving in the church.
Nothing left for women’s ministry.
Nothing left for Bible study small group.
Or so it seems.