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What To Do First to Make a Profit

The PF Women Team at our Annual Team Retreat  ~ 2018 Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said: It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way. Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're  not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director.  Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year.  God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory! I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started inve

What I've learned about leading leaders better

I've learned to ...

Listen ~ Value ~ Include ~ Appreciate

These things are more important than most people realize.

I've learned that most any difference or storm can be navigated successfully by doing these four things with those I lead.

I've learned about the importance of getting the right person in the right place.  A lot of frustration has come for me when I've simply misplaced a leader.  It really isn't their fault that they aren't producing if they are in the wrong spot.

I've learned how important it is to consider people for leadership even when and perhaps especially when we are really different people.  Yesterday I had a great conversation with my husband about a few people on our team that I'm so different from in world views on different things yet in ministry we mesh together like mashed potatoes and gravy!  A beautiful combination. 

I've learned how respect for one another despite our differing viewpoints is so important at the end of the day.  

I've learned how important it is to work on any insecurities I may have.  Nothing threatens my ability to lead as much as insecurity.  How can I fully release someone if I am insecure? And how can I grow as a person or as a leader if I am insecure?

Once somebody is in the right spot - release them to flourish.

Realize, the more they flourish the better it is for the both of us.

Something Rick Warren said sums it up for me:  "All of us are smarter than one of us."

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