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Archive for the ‘Young Leaders’ Category

10 Reasons to join 1,000 Young Leaders

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

A very blessed Christmas season to you! One of our 1,000 Young Leaders penned the following in her journal. Read the reflections of a young woman who is being discipled to become a missionary where she lives, works and plays. Three simple observations:  Notice the optimism, the enthusiasm! Listen to how she’s already benefited during the first … Continue reading

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How About Crazy Hope

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders need hope to lead and venture forward and navigate change…hope to enter into new mission territory. No hope? No action! And the bad news is that harsh realities crush hope! I think it’s one of the reasons that leaders consistently are impacted by any of the PLI learning communities because they experience… New Hope that leads to … Continue reading

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Refresh

By: Sarah Greiner

Summer provides a space to pursue a different life rhythm. Think about being intentional about rest this summer by creating some margin. This unhurried time with nothing on the schedule frees you up to start new rhythms of refreshment. Use the following lists to help you plan your times of rest. Make rest a priority … Continue reading

Quick + Crowd = Greatest Impact?

By: Jock Ficken

What’s the quickest way to the greatest impact? For the sake of the Mission of God? Maybe “quickest” and “greatest” are not compatible when it comes to impact. Leaders often equate “quickest” plus “crowd” with “greatest impact.” Particularly if “crowd” was modified with larger or bigger! There’s a growing uneasiness among leaders with this equation: … Continue reading

The 5 Courage Killers

By: Jock Ficken

Here are 5 courage killers that any leader, woman or man, needs to know and confront. They’re embedded in who we are. (And they’re adapted from Heifetz, Grashow and Linsky’s book The Practice of Adaptive Leadership.) 1. LOYALTIES TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T BELIEVE YOU’RE DOING THE RIGHT THING It’s an unstated social contract that a good … Continue reading

Some Faces of our 1000 Young Leaders!

By: Jock Ficken

Earlier this month Phil and Kyrie Klopke, PLI’s 1000YL Directors, and the PLI team welcomed 35 young women and men to Nashville for the first annual gathering of 1000YL. It was the first time most in this two-year online training met in person. Ph.D., student, HVAC apprentices, engineers, truck driver, businessmen and women, stay-at-home parents, … Continue reading

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Don’t Face Goliath in Saul’s Armor

By: Jock Ficken

Too many leaders are like David trying to face Goliath in King Saul’s armor. Nearly 20 years ago Peter Drucker claimed that “successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values” (Harvard Business Review, March-April 1999, “Managing Oneself”). Drucker … Continue reading

Identity! Capturing Freedom to Lead and Live

By: Jock Ficken

Every person I know risks fastening their identity to the wrong thing. That’s alarming given the fact that Identity might be the most fundamental of leadership building blocks. The Flourishing in Ministry study funded by the Lilly Foundation interviewed thousands of pastors. Their results showed that placing your identity on the wrong thing is one … Continue reading

Get In The Game

By: Jock Ficken

Get yourself in the mission game if you’re not there already! Don’t wait for all those folks to one day wake up and decide they should ask you about Jesus. (You’ll wait a long time.) PLI Entry Paths It was incredibly difficult when I started down this path. I didn’t know how to have a … Continue reading

4 Mistakes I Made as a Young Leader

By: Jock Ficken

4 Mistakes I Made as a Young Leader… Or, 4 “Do Overs” I’d like to have back! NOT ANCHORING MY IDENTITY AS A BAPTIZED CHILD OF GOD My identity was too connected to how how well I was performing at work. Numbers were up?… No major conflict?… I was on my game?… Great. Any other … Continue reading

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