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Posts Tagged ‘Leadership Challenges’

6 Reasons Leaders Don’t Lead and Churches Don’t Change

By: Jock Ficken

It feels like every conversation I have these days, leaders are saying, “We need to adapt!” OR “Why isn’t someone at the top doing something?” OR “We really don’t know quite where to go but we know we can’t stay here.” I’ve been thinking about this a bit. Interestingly, it’s taken me back to some … Continue reading

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Leading in Uncertain Times: An Interview with Sarah and Micah Greiner

By: Jock Ficken

A few weeks ago I sat down with Sarah and Pastor Micah Greiner to discuss leading in uncertain times. Sarah and Micah have served at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois, for a decade or so. They’ve been in Leadership Essentials, Senior Leader and D2MC. Now they teach and coach others. You’ll appreciate … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at Your Leadership in Uncertain Times: The 4 Fundamentals

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we introduced 4 fundamentals for leadership in uncertain times. COUNSEL from those you trust CLARITY of your mission FLEXIBILITY with programs or plans TRANSPARENCY even when it’s not pleasant to say or there’s not much to say I recently met with some folks who lead a prominent national ministry. We had a lot … Continue reading

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4 Keys to Leading in Times of Uncertainty

By: Jock Ficken

We all thought that a few weeks in March 2020 spelled uncertainty. Over a year later, most of us, and most of our congregations, continue to experience the turbulence of leading in times of uncertainty. Last week I offered 4 major challenges that hide behind most of the uncertainties that we experience in our churches. … Continue reading

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The 7 Hope Killers of a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Leadership hope is being tested these days. Leaders and congregations can overcome all manner of obstacles and take on the greatest of challenges when hope burns bright. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake … Continue reading

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5 Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Here are 5 Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner as a Congregational Leader: “Leadership Essentials is the first place in my entire life I saw a healthy way to deal with conflict.”  – Leader in New England “What you celebrate you accelerate.” Here are Three Questions… Which of the 5 did you learn quicker … Continue reading

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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

3 Do I Have What It Takes? Part 3

By: Jock Ficken

When you do the hard work of self leadership you end up doing more of… the stuff that stirs your soul. the stuff that you want to spend the rest of your life doing. the stuff you’re flat out uniquely good at doing. You beat back the natural, creeping, “Do I Have What It Takes?” … Continue reading

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Grief

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders mostly miss that when a congregation navigates any type of change, people in their congregations experience a sense of loss. Loss of… The familiar What to Expect “I know how to navigate this world.” OR…AND—this is true for many of us as leaders today in our mission field culture—loss of a sense of… Power … Continue reading

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Dealing with Disappointment

By: Jock Ficken

Every congregational leader I know deals with disappointment. Most of us have endured seasons where disappointment has been heaped upon crushing disappointment and where a resiliency of faith in the face of disappointment is difficult to sustain. Here’s a disappointment short list: People you thought you could “count on” suddenly count themselves unreliable. The system… … Continue reading

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