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How Can I Get My Board and Staff On the Same Page?

How Can I Get My Board and Staff On the Same Page?

Sometimes you don’t feel like your board and staff are even on the same page, much less the same planet! See how Advocace helped bring the board and staff of one ministry together to achieve their vision.

Also, here are a few other blogs and tools on board and staff management:

How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis, Part 3

How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis, Part 3

What we do every single day matters. This is the third installment in a 4-part series—How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2. So far, we’ve discovered the issues facing us and laid out some first steps.  Now what? I mean, what does a leader do on a day-to-day basis? The best way I can answer this is to tell you about my typical schedule. Please don’t think I’m offering a cookie-cutter approach to being a leader. What I’m giving you is what works for me and PAR. Brian’s Typical Day: 5 am—Jesus I wake up and spend some time with Jesus by reading His word and praying. Then, I’m read a Leadership book. I have to invest in myself as a leader. I must continue to hone my skillset, learn new things and be reminded of the basics. A pro-athlete never stops visiting the gym, being coached or training. The same is true with you as a leader. What’s the last book you read on leadership? President Truma ...Read more »
How to Avoid Sounding "Too Commercial" at Your Station

How to Avoid Sounding "Too Commercial" at Your Station

"Too commercial!" That's what the manager said about his station's air sound. He was concerned to be losing both listeners and donor income. And that's why Advocace analyzed the best practices of high-achieving listener supported radio stations. See what we discovered in this 1 minute video!

Then, give us a call at (972) 304-1100 to talk about how we can help with Business Support and Underwriting for your station.

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Bullseye! 15 Simple Minutes for Team Member Success

Bullseye! 15 Simple Minutes for Team Member Success

Archery proved difficult for me—I typically wanted to change the direction of the arrow after I released the bowstring. New team members are like arrows: if you want them to hit the target of your expectations, spend time on your aim. Just Focus on the Target Early in my career, I worked in an organization with specific daily activity goals. Every morning, we came to the office at 8 am for a 15 minute meeting. The meeting agenda was simple and consistent: The leader asked each team member to report on each of these three questions in 60 seconds or less: 1) What did you learn yesterday? 2) Did you achieve your goal? 3) How may I help you achieve your goal today? Aim Every Morning New team members (and a lot of us who have been around for a while) need help focusing on what is important to the organization. It is easy for any of us to become distracted by rush‑hour traffic, a situation at home or even at a comment we just read on Facebook. Leaders make a big impact on the growth and success of the ...Read more »
Helping Leaders Make Good Decisions In An Indecisive Time

Helping Leaders Make Good Decisions In An Indecisive Time

Over the next few weeks, the Average-Leader will try to defer a decision until after the election.  Above-Average-Leaders know that the best time to get an advantage is when others freeze. How do you help Average-Leaders gain an advantage while others stay slow?  Some ideas: Keep leaders focused on their objective, not the distractions.  Many of us believe this election is pivotal, but we more deeply believe that the objective we have in our organizations is of far greater importance.  On the day after the election, the leader will still need to move toward their goals and objectives.  A good question to ask leaders who are caught in pause mode: “If your objective is more important than the election results, what can we do today to pursue your objective?” Recognize the outcome of the election has little to do with short-term issues.  If the leader’s organization needs more income—a very safe assumption—they will likely still need more income on November 7.  The circ ...Read more »
Time, Quality and Money in Your Ministry

Time, Quality and Money in Your Ministry

Another deadline passed and the manager called to ask, “What do I do with this employee?”  No, it wasn’t the employee’s fault. I know the manager well.  He is a perfectionist.  His staff knows it.  He doesn’t. When he assigns work to a person, he expects perfection and will critique it until it is ‘right’.  His staff will make it as perfect as possible, recognizing that deadlines matter less to their manager than perfection.  His staff is proud of their work product, but disappointed that they cannot satisfy their boss’ requirement of perfection. Public Enemy Contrast these two maxims: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23 The perfect is the enemy of the good. Voltaire I used to think that a perfect product was the duty of all Christians—but that ...Read more »
Dancing Queen: Having the time of your life

Dancing Queen: Having the time of your life

Although she loved to dance, she never attended her high school proms. She never expected to be invited by a boy. She heard her classmates talk about the prom, but she never even asked to go, because she knew something. She knew it would be no fun on her own. She knew it would be a bit dangerous for her. She just knew... Now that she attends a community college, she has another chance for a dance. Again, no boy invites her. She knew it might be a bit dangerous for her to go. But this time she takes the chance, because she knew it would be fun to go--even without a date. What's the difference? She knew she would be welcomed. It is truly hard for any of us to go someplace for the first time or do something new. But you really want to go when you know that you're welcomed. The prom for special needs young adults at her community college was built for people like Beth. Whether the kids have Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy (like Beth) or other mental acuity or physical challenges, they knew they would be welcomed ...Read more »
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