THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER

THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER

It’s time to kill the monster. Jealousy . . . aka the green-eyed monster . . .  threatens us all. It’s an emotion every leader deals with occasionally. Its roots are insecurity, fear, self-doubt, etc. Jealousy can emerge when another leader achieves something you’ve...

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 142: SELF-CARE VS. SELF-CENTEREDNESS

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 142: SELF-CARE VS. SELF-CENTEREDNESS

Occasionally, we still encounter some leaders who think self-care is a dressed-up word for selfishness. A while back one of our clients asked me, “what about Jesus’ call to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow him?” I responded back with this: “Denying...

BUSY . . . OR PRODUCTIVE?

BUSY . . . OR PRODUCTIVE?

In 2 Chronicles 23, King Jehoida was giving instructions to his army, the priests, and the Levites about protecting about the temple of the Lord, who was allowed to enter it and who was not. And verse 6 says: “… all the other men are to guard what the Lord...

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 141: LEADING THROUGH PERSONAL PAIN

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 141: LEADING THROUGH PERSONAL PAIN

Several weeks ago, our teammate Jaime Hlavin wrote a powerful post on the subject of leading through personal pain. It’s a fact of leadership life . . . occasionally you have to lead even when you’re experiencing significant headwinds in your personal life. In today’s...

SELF-CARE VS. SELF-CENTEREDNESS

SELF-CARE VS. SELF-CENTEREDNESS

Our team at Converge Coaching talks a ton about self-care. It’s become second nature to us. And yet occasionally, we still encounter some leaders who think self-care is nothing more than a dressed-up word for selfishness. A while back one of our clients asked me,...

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 140: ELIMINATING HURRY

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 140: ELIMINATING HURRY

How do we deal with the tension between our task list and God’s invitation to stop hurrying? How can we be productive without being always on the move? In today’s episode, John & Jim unpack three ways eliminate hurry from your life and still be productive at work....

ELIMINATING HURRY

ELIMINATING HURRY

Rachel Macy Stafford, a New York Times bestselling author, relays the following personal story about hurry.  “My thoughts and actions were controlled by electronic notifications, ring tones, and jam-packed agendas. And although every fiber of my inner drill sergeant...

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 139: HIRING FROM THE OUTSIDE

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 139: HIRING FROM THE OUTSIDE

Hiring from within has many advantages. But it’s not always possible. When hiring from the outside, a well-thought-out approach reduces your risk. In today’s episode, John and Jim explore three keys that help you make better hiring decisions. Here are the show notes:...

LEADING THROUGH PERSONAL DIFFICULTY

LEADING THROUGH PERSONAL DIFFICULTY

Today we welcome back Jaime Hlavin back to the blog. She hits on a subject all of us can relate to . . . leading while at the same time facing personal pain. Enjoy this powerful post ~ John. Everyone can relate to the old adage “when it rains, it pours.” Our family is...

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 138: A PASTOR’S SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 138: A PASTOR’S SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER

Driven by perfectionism, many pastors overanalyze, over-criticize, and behave less than graciously toward themselves after preaching. In today’s episode John and Jim unpack a prayer every preacher should consider praying before they get to the platform that will help...

HANDLING UNDER-PERFORMING STAFF

HANDLING UNDER-PERFORMING STAFF

One of the more challenging responsibilities of a senior leader is dealing with their team’s performance. Especially when a member of that team is underperforming. More than once, I’ve heard leaders complain to me, “My staff just doesn’t get things done.” Missed...

HANGING BY MY FINGERTIPS

HANGING BY MY FINGERTIPS

Today we welcome my good friend Dave Barringer to the blog. He unpacks the problem of going solo when it comes to our mental and emotional health, and gives us six powerful coping mechanisms that propel us toward wellbeing. Enjoy ~ John “Dave, have you seen the...

PLAYING HIDE-AND-SEEK

PLAYING HIDE-AND-SEEK

When I was a kid, one of my favorite games was hide-and-seek. My siblings and I would take turns: One of us went upstairs and counted to twenty, while the rest hid downstairs under boxes, in the furnace room, or in the closet. I liked hiding more than seeking.  The...

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 135: THREE TRAPS LEADERS FALL INTO

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 135: THREE TRAPS LEADERS FALL INTO

Leadership is a journey fraught with peril. Numerous traps await even the best of pastors and business leaders. In today’s episode, John and Jim explore three of the most common pitfalls that threaten to ambush a leader, and what he/she can do to avoid getting...

ESCAPING LEADERSHIP TRAPS

ESCAPING LEADERSHIP TRAPS

Leading an organization is invigorating, an honor, a privilege, a huge responsibility . . . and at the same time, often fraught with peril. Hidden traps exist that threaten to at a minimum, derail a leader, or worse, take him or her out. Here are three of the most...

WHEN RELATIONSHIPS DISAPPOINT

WHEN RELATIONSHIPS DISAPPOINT

Disappointment is the gap between our expectations and our reality. The bigger the gap, the more disappointment we feel. The more disappointment, the more pain we experience. Nowhere does disappointment seem to rear its head more than in relationships. When I take...

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 133: THE SECRET TO A GREAT DAY OFF

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 133: THE SECRET TO A GREAT DAY OFF

How does a leader take a great day off? What are some elements? Leaders are asking this question more and more. In today’s episode, John and Jim unpack the answers to these most important questions. Here are the show notes: Chuck Swindoll: “Why do we have such a hard...

FOUR SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE OUT OF RHYTHM

FOUR SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE OUT OF RHYTHM

The Converge Coaching team talks with our clients a lot about rhythms. Spiritual rhythms—prayer, study of the word, journaling etc. Work/rest rhythms—daily, weekly, quarterly, annually. Friendship rhythms. It’s possible to be out of rhythm in our personal life or work...

THE SECRET TO A LIFE-GIVING DAY OFF

THE SECRET TO A LIFE-GIVING DAY OFF

How does a leader take a great day off? I think leaders are wondering about this question more and more, and today’s post is my attempt to answer it. Chuck Swindoll has some pretty sage advice on the subject of a weekly day off: “Tell me, why do we have such a hard...

THE VALUE OF MEANINGFUL VALUES

THE VALUE OF MEANINGFUL VALUES

A church or a business won’t get to their goal without fuel—the culture created by meaningful values provides that fuel. Core values are behaviors that shape the culture of an organization. If vision answers the question where, and a playbook answers the question...

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 130: THE VALUE OF MEANINGFUL VALUES

LEADING FROM ALIGNMENT EPISODE 130: THE VALUE OF MEANINGFUL VALUES

A church or a business won’t get to their goal without fuel—the culture created by meaningful values provides that fuel. In today’s episode, John and Jim unpack what values are, what they mean, and why they matter. Here are the show notes: In Pods 127, 128, and 129,...

PLAYING OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE

PLAYING OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE

Today we welcome Jaime Hlavin back to the blog. For the past two years, the majority of church leaders have been "playing defense." Visioning, strategizing, and team-building took a back seat to . . . survival. Our sense at Converge Coaching is the pendulum is...

THE REFRESHING SOUND OF RAIN

THE REFRESHING SOUND OF RAIN

Working from the home office today and listening to the rhythmic beat of rain landing on the roof. Why do I love that mesmerizing sound so much? Why is it so soothing? The steady pounding of rain takes me back to fond memories of vacations with Laura and the boys....