Register for the Leadership Development Collective, LIVE online course today!

Register for the Leadership Development Collective, LIVE online course today!

Leaders have limited time and resources to develop – we provide coaching and training to help leaders develop their effectiveness!

For three years, InFocus worked with the North Point Partners from 2008-2011 to coach the 22 lead pastors in  their leadership effectiveness.  One of the insights we learned was that leaders need a plan to develop their leadership.  As a result, we created the Leadership Development Collective, a LIVE online course.

In three weeks I will co-facilitate the first of four group sessions with Troy Fountain who is a North Point Partner, the founding pastor of Wiregrass Church – which has grown and planted two campuses.  He started and led the 1st Strategic Partnership of North Point Community Church.  Troy brings years of experience to the Collective.

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Why people are done with church!

Why people are done with church!

When Josh Packard asked his subjects why they had left church, he found the top four reasons were:

  1. they wanted community… and got judgment;
  2. they wanted to affect the life of the church… and got bureaucracy;
  3. they wanted conversation… and got doctrine;
  4. they wanted meaningful engagement with the world… and got moral prescription.

A lot of research has been conducted to alert church leaders why people in modern society are leaving the church in record numbers.  This list gets at some important issues facing the mission of the local church today.  Read more at: To the Dones and the Almost Dones, I hear you by Michael Frost.

InFocus is offering two LIVE courses beginning in April.  Who do you know that would benefit from one of the following:

 

How do I develop as a leader?

How do I develop as a leader?

It is one of the recurring and underlying challenges most leaders face. Inspiration from respected leaders is good.  Information is helpful.  BUT application of key leadership concepts brings transformation.  With that in mind we decided to begin with the end in mind in the Develop the Leaders Around You LIVE Course.  We want to partner with you to discover steps you can take to advance in your leadership development.

Three things you will gain:

  1. Individualized coaching through your leadership development journey.
  2. A comprehensive framework to lead your team.
  3. Real-time actions you discover from the reflection questions provided.
I’m excited to co-facilitate the group sessions with Troy Fountain, the founding pastor of Wiregrass Church – which has grown and planted two campuses.  He started and led the 1st Strategic Partnership of North Point Community Church.  Troy has been coaching and consulting church leaders throughout the United States since 2007.  He is the Chief Operation Officer of The FOR CO. Troy and his wife live in Dothan, Alabama – they have three children.
Read the full description of the Develop the Leaders Around You LIVE Course.
Every leader needs a coach!

Every leader needs a coach!

The problem church planters, pastors & leaders face is understanding the value of having a coach.

  • Read this 2009 article from the Harvard Business Review entitled: “What Can Coaches Do For You?”
  • If you are seeking a coach; this article provides research on the do’s and don’ts of a good coach.
  • CAUTION – don’t get distracted by the context the article is written from, nor with the business-side of coaching.

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#5 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – EVALUATE

#5 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – EVALUATE

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Life-long learners constantly cycle through a developmental process to sharpen their leadership skills. It may be intuitive or it may be intentional. But the 6 steps are real: LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW.  The fifth step in the leadership developmental process is EVALUATE: know how and when to evaluate team member’s performance to ensure the vision, the goals and the team member’s contributions are on track.

Here are 6 things you can do to keep your team on track:

  1. Point out the difference between the present situation and agreed upon expectations
  2. Describe specifically the negative impact of the individual’s performance
  3. Ask the person for their view of the situation
  4. Ask the individual for ideas on how the situation could be corrected, and then add your own if necessary
  5. Agree on action plan for improvement and a date for follow-up
  6. Express confidence that the individual can correct the situation

Evaluating is an important step in the Leadership Development Process. But Evaluating in itself is not enough. In fact, going to a workshop, listening to a podcast or even receiving a degree in leadership does not guarantee a person can lead. I’ve found that many people have knowledge but lack the experience of actually leading a team. Applying the knowledge and learning from success, as well as failure is critical in the developmental process.

InFocus is responding to this need through Live Courses called Collectives.  These “just in time” courses are designed for leaders who are in the trenches of developing the leaders around them.  Each course will engage participants in the 6 Step Leadership Development process above through a combination of group interaction and 1-1 coaching.  Learn more about the 2019 Collectives. 

The next step in the journey to develop as a leader is – Review.  Review occurs on the team as well as the individual performances of it’s members.  This is where we will pick-up next week.

Related Leadership Development Resources:

Effective Leadership Storyboard

 

Leadership Skill Builder

#4 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – DECIDE

#4 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – DECIDE

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Life-long learners constantly cycle through a developmental process to sharpen their leadership skills. It may be intuitive or it may be intentional. But the 6 steps are real: LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW.  The fourth step in the leadership developmental process is DECIDE: know how and what to measure to ensure the vision, the goals and the team member’s contributions are on track.

Goals can be measured in four key areas:

  1. Quality
  2. Quantity
  3. Cost
  4. Timeliness

I’ve had very similar conversations in both the business and ministry context. It seems to come down to this – You measure, what matters!  Quantitative data are easier to come by.  For instance, the number of widgets made and sold OR the number of bodies in seats.  Cost and time are concrete.  Qualitative measure are a bit more complicated to track; but can be done.  Bottom line, effective leaders track the measures that are the best indicators of, or lack of, progress against the goal.

In their book “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” the authors introduce Wildly Important Goals (WIGs). From their experience, the challenge comes not to create the goal; but when the team executes the plan to reach the goa! To support leaders, the authors break down Wildly Important Goals (WIGS) into Lead and Lag Measures.

Lead Measures are focused on the outcomes you are aiming for in the WIG – these are:

  • Predictable – if you accomplish this, then you can expect certain results (“this” then “that”). 
  • Influenceable – something you can influence. 
  • A good Lead Measure might be: Double the revenue of our organization.

Lag Measures are focused on one of the following:

  • the goal OR
  • measures a result.
  • A good Lag Measure might be: Quarterly Participator Report.

I’ve found it extremely helpful to distinguish between Lead and Lag Measures when coaching leaders.  The exercise helps clarify what they are aiming at in their WIG and understand the strategic activities a team must execute to reach their goal.  Here are five questions for you to use as you coach and empower the leaders around you!

5 Questions for Your Reflection:

  1. What is your WIG?
  2. Which are Lead Measures? 
  3. Which are Lag Measures?
  4. How will you gather the data?
  5. When was the last time you assessed your team’s Wildly Important Goals (WIGS)?

Deciding is an important step in the Leadership Development Process. But Deciding in itself is not enough. In fact, going to a workshop, listening to a podcast or even receiving a degree in leadership does not guarantee a person can lead. I’ve found that many people have knowledge but lack the experience of actually leading a team. Applying the knowledge and learning from success, as well as failure is critical in the developmental process.

InFocus is responding to the need to help leaders empower their team through Live Courses called Collectives.  These “just in time” courses are designed for leaders who are in the trenches of developing the leaders around them.  Each course will engage participants in the 6 Step Leadership Development process above through a combination of group interaction and 1-1 coaching.  Learn more about the 2019 Collectives

The next step in the journey to develop as a leader is – Evaluate.  Evaluation occurs on the team as well as the individual performances of it’s members.  This is where we will pick-up next week.

Related Leadership Development Resource:

Effective Leadership Storyboard