I was tired but energized by the response of the audience. I had completed my ninth day of teaching business and leadership skills in several remote villages on a mission trip to Kenya. And now, we weren't quite sure how many would attend our business women's conference at this location. We knew God would honor our efforts, even if only 20 people showed up.
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It’s time to settle an important life question. As a leader, how do you deal with failure?
Failure is the inability to complete a task. Instead of feeling incompetent or giving into failure and giving up, leaders must learn to reset our expectations. We might even need to alter our schedule and regroup our team.
Last week, my daughter, Holley, reminded me of an extremely important leadership, and life, principle. The stuff that comes out is only as good as the stuff that goes in.
This simple principle is first attributed to George Fuechsel, an early IBM programmer and instructor. Fuechsel is said to have used "garbage in, garbage out" as a concise way of reminding his students that a computer just processes what it is given (TechTarget., March 2008).
Warning signs are important: a light on your car’s dashboard; the sound of a siren behind you when you are driving; distant thunder before a storm hits. Doctors take your temperature and blood pressure to look for warning signs about the state of your health. We also must check for signs to alert us that our hearts may be out of alignment with God.
What are the warning signs that we may be falling into the trap of pride or fear? And what safeguards can we leaders put in place to prevent this from happening?
Effective collaboration is not something that “just happens.” It must be cultivated. This is true in business, sports, and even marriage.
When things are going well, it’s easy to collaborate. Everyone is focused, filled with passion, and having fun. But not so much when there is chaos, and you’re under pressure to produce results.
So, what is the main barrier to effective collaboration?