Stories Stick – Facts Fade!

Stories Stick – Facts Fade!

Last week I attended the Global Leadership Summit for about the 15th year.  The faculty came from diverse areas in ministry, government and business.  Each year I encourage my network to attend because of the rich leadership insights I have gleaned.  In fact, several years ago I began taking my then 12-year-old son and later my teenage daughter.  The GLS became an annual ritual they enthusiastically anticipated, until they entered university.  Even during those early days of their development they captured key learnings about themselves that shaped them into the young adults they are becoming today.

What struck me again this year was the quality of the speaker’s content related to some aspect of leadership.  One speaker that caught my attention was Craig Groeschel (Founder and Senior Pastor of Life.Church).  His final presentation of the conference was on the topic of communicating, especially as it relates to vision.

His point was simple and clear:

Knowledge leads to conclusions; emotions lead to action.

Groeschel offered three questions for consideration when preparing to communicate vision:

  1. What do you want them to know?
  2. What do you want them to feel?
  3. What do you want them to do?

His Big Idea was for leaders to pay special attention to the emotional dimension when communicating vision.  With that in mind, Groeschel concluded his talk with three things to move people’s emotions:

  1. Share Stories Purposefully
  2. Choose Words Deliberately
  3. Show Vulnerability Thoughtfully

As leaders, I believe we would agree that we must all sharpen our communication.

Following are two podcasts by Craig Groeschel where he elaborates on the points above.  I would encourage you to watch these and share these with the leaders around you.  Until next time – lead on!


NEW BOOK RECOMMENDATION – The Church Planting Journey

NEW BOOK RECOMMENDATION – The Church Planting Journey

Thirty years ago, you would have searched hard to find a resource on church planting.  There were a few; but one of the first resources to have had broad appeal was The Church Planter’s Toolkit by Bob Logan & Steve Ogne.  This work set the standard for all of the church planting resources to follow.

If you conduct a search today on Amazon, you will find more than 1,000 titles on the topic.  Many of them are worth reading.  Few are worth referring back to again and again.

The Church Planting Journey by Bob Logan is an important read.  It is the updated version of “The Toolkit”,  You will want to digest this information and refer back to if your are a(n):

  • aspiring church planter
  • new church planter
  • veteran church planter
  • parent church leaders
  • coach of church planters

I know, church planting feels like it is a new idea.  Look into church history and you will find all lasting revivals had a multiplication movement of organic church planting at it’s core.  Go further back, you will find the blueprint for the mission of the church in the book of Acts.

With so much literature available today on the topic, I would suggest that, The Church Planting Journey is the one you will want to have on your shelf.

“How Entrepreneurial Immigrants and Missions Collide”

“How Entrepreneurial Immigrants and Missions Collide”

There is a movement going on in our world today.  It is called immigration.  My simple explanation of immigration is: “a movement of a group(s) of people, from one country to another”.

As a husband married to an Australian I understand the problem, to a degree; but my wife left her homeland on her own terms.  The millions of displaced refugees in Europe for instance, are not leaving by choice, but for survival.  That presents an opportunity for humanity and specifically, Christians to step-up.

One of my friends is doing something about the problem through the organization he serves from his adopted country – Spain.  Here is a quote from a recent article that he was interviewed for in CT entitled: “Strangers in the Land of Startups” (May 23, 2019).

Rather than a job training for jobs that don’t exist, we believe in helping immigrants and refugees start their own microenterprises, or local, regional, and global companies. Brent McHugh

It takes a unique leader who has the combination of leveraging Business Acumen + Missional Integrity = Disciplemaking Movement.  To the degree that he, his team and organization are able, they are influencing the trajectory of immigrants that are relocating to Europe, and beyond.  If you would like to read the CT article in entirely – CLICK HERE!

Coachability – what are the traits of a coachable leader?

Coachability – what are the traits of a coachable leader?

I’ve struggled to describe the non-negotiables of a coachable person when training leaders in the coaching process and skills.

That is, until I read Patrick Lencioni’s book entitled, The Ideal Team Player.  I’ve blogged about the three qualities (Hungry-Humble-Smart) as it pertains to a coachable person, in the past – CLICK HERE to review previous blogs.  These are so important, easy to remember and helpful to determine if a person is a good fit.

What I did not know is that you can actually assess a person for these three qualities with a statistically reliable and valid tool – CLICK HERE to learn more.

The Harrison Assessment is capable of doing just that.  This could be a very helpful exercise to assess prospective coaching clients, potential team members or as a developmental tool for people already on your team.  Honestly, to have people see where they assess on the three qualities could be a humbling exercise, as well as a great way to help leaders surface blind spots.  I’m always looking for new ways to come alongside leaders to help them go further faster.

If you would like to chat about this or other Harrison assessments, please CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment with Gary and discuss how The Harrison Assessment might further your mission to pre-qualify future staff hires & church planters, assess existing staff and develop your leaders.


How to pre-qualify future staff hires, assess prospective church planters and develop existing staff

How to pre-qualify future staff hires, assess prospective church planters and develop existing staff

A church recently asked me to provide an assessment for two candidates they were considering for an Executive Pastor position.

The Harrison Assessment was the tool I used to give a clear picture of the candidates.  Both candidates assessed “high” in the Job Success Analysis portion of the report, that used the actual job description for the position as the filter to measure if they were good fits for the position.  A deep dive into the data revealed insights into their “Traits and Behaviors” that were not evident in the interviews they had conducted.  Both candidates would have made excellent Executive Pastors; but when comparing and contrasting their profiles, in conjunction with the information from the interviews, the choice was clear.  One candidate stood out.

It is impossible to give an adequate explanation of the tool; but you may CLICK HERE for a 4 page online brochure explaining The Harrison Assessment.

If you would like to learn more, CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment with Gary and discuss how The Harrison Assessment might further your mission to pre-qualify future staff hires & church planters, assess existing staff and develop your leaders.


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