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Avoid the Appearance of Wrongdoing – A Leader’s Reminder

You’re in a work or ministry situation where it’s not necessarily wrong or improper, but the appearance of your activity or decision could mistakenly be construed as a wrongdoing. What do you do? Launch forward and accept the consequences or avoid the appearance of wrongdoing altogether?

As I’ve seen in the past, good leaders that make decisions without proper due diligence and perspective can undermine their influence and career for a long time. This soft skill must be discussed, and let’s look at a couple of examples.

Slippery Slope

Recent news reports that another mayor is being subpoenaed for corruption involving excessive bonuses given to city employees. The final verdict is pending, but even the appearance of corruption could have been mitigated in this situation.

Another news report is that a governor has been accused of ethical and legal wrongdoing, with the latest news that they have admitted to some wrongdoing while the rest of the case is being investigated.

How many times do we hear stories like these across multiple industries and public offices? Wherever there is the opportunity for power, pleasure, or prestige, it’s easy to get off course. And the average citizen, employee, or witness is further de-sensitized to the issue and left with a sense of frustration and erosion of trust.

Looking Inward

While we regularly hear and watch stories of other people in unethical situations, the most important step is to examine ourselves first. If we can’t control the behavior or actions of others, we can control our personal actions and decisions. But what are some tangible ways that we can keep ourselves in check?

4 Practical Tips

Regardless of the type of work that you do, you can successfully avoid the appearance of wrongdoing and keep your honorable influence and reputation as a leader intact. Based on my executive coaching experience with staff and clients, here are four practical tips that you can apply right now –

(1) Be realistic.

Opportunities will come up to move off-course from making the right decision (or the appearance of the right decision). Be realistic, expect them to come up, and accept our human vulnerability.

(2) Be prepared.

Are you really committed to honorable leadership? If so, how? Clarify your personal standards and commitments. If you need some guidelines, download the free Honor Code (www.leadingwithhonor.com/code) that thousands of leaders have used to establish their personal guardrails.

(3) Be in community.

Part of making wise daily decisions is getting support and being accountable to others. Specifically, I’m recommending a positive vs punitive accountability arrangement where everyone mutually benefits.

(4) Be courageous.

Set boundaries and don’t be afraid to make the hard decisions. Think long-term, not short-term when these situations come up. Get a copy of the free Courage Challenge Card (www.leadingwithhonor.com/courage) to help you along the way.

The Essence of Character

In essence, what I’ve described in this article is having basis of good character in your personal and professional life. The appearance of wrongdoing is just a symptom of a potentially deeper character issue. And it’s a very difficult one to repair if bad decisions are made.

Please share your tips and experience on this topic in the comments section. What guidelines do you give yourself for avoiding the appearance of wrongdoing?

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Lee Ellis is the president of Leadership Freedom® LLC, a leadership and team development consulting and coaching company. Lee Ellis consults with Fortune 500 senior executives in the areas of hiring, team building, human performance, and succession planning. His media appearances include interviews on CNN, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, ABC World News, and Fox News Channel. A retired Air Force Colonel, his latest award-winning book about his Vietnam POW experience is entitled Leading with Honor: Lessons for the Hanoi Hilton 

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Did you know that great doors swing on little hinges?

I’ve heard it said, “Great doors swing on little hinges’ and at 5’2″, Lionel Mayell was a “little hinge.” Lionel had a huge impact on Christianity in the last century (and into the present day)—perhaps more than anyone else.

Lionel Mayell

I choke up when I think of him. He was one of the dearest and most unforgettable people I’ve ever known. You may not have heard of him, but more than likely he has touched your life indirectly by those he has loved, influenced and helped. He has certainly touched mine.

Lionel will always be known as the Founder of the Condominium, but he was SO much more.

Billy Graham

Lionel Mayell was the one who invited Billy Graham to speak at a Youth for Christ Conference in Los Angeles. Not long after that, Lionel was the one who suggested Billy Graham as the one who should speak at an evangelistic outreach in Los Angeles in 1949. After three weeks of the outreach, the committee in charge almost stopped it, but Lionel stood up and strongly encouraged them to continue. Because the outreach was so well-received and publicized, it went on for eight weeks, and we now know that was what God used to launch Billy Graham on his worldwide ministry. During the days of the L.A. outreach, the whole Billy Graham team spent many days and hours gathered in Lionel’s home.

Billy wrote these words to Lionel:

 “My dear friend, my brother, Lionel Mayell, whose hospitality and generous spirit has meant many happy and precious hours of sweet fellowship. How God has used you in our lives. Both Ruth and I send our love.”

Billy and Lionel remained friends for the rest of their lives.

Bill Bright

Bill Bright was the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ® (now Cru®).  He said of Lionel:

“Lionel was my dearest friend and confidante. From the early years in Los Angeles, I knew Lionel when he was in the toy business and I in the confection business. He saw the dream and calling of God on my life and encouraged me with words backed with the first check to start Campus Crusade for Christ. I could always count on Lionel to support and encourage me.”

Bob Pierce

Bob Pierce was the founder of World Vision and later Samaritan’s Purse. During the foundational years, Lionel Mayell gave generously of his financial resources to see God’s vision fulfilled. Bob Pierce considered Lionel a friend who stood through thick and thin.

Dawson Trotman

Dawson Trotman was the founder of The Navigators. He said of Lionel:

“He was a man whose sole desire was to sincerely know God and make Him known. I cannot describe what Lionel has meant to me personally and what his encouragement and support have done for Navigators worldwide.”

Cameron Townsend

Cameron Townsend was the founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators and JAARS. He said of Lionel:

“Lionel encouraged my vision for Wycliffe, gave financially and stood by our side. I respect , honor, and love him. The world honors so many of us: Billy Graham, Bill Bright, Bob Pierce, but none of us would be where we are if it had not been for this man who fanned the flame of vision and gave encouragement, never wanting anything for himself but to honor the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Family Perspective

In a multitude of ways, Lionel and his dear wife, Dorothy, were like Jesus. His Spirit lived and loved through them. One of my favorite stories about them is shared by their daughter, Rita, in her new book about her father entitled, 5’2″ GIANT, Builder of Dreams. (Rita Mayell Enterprises, LLC August 2018)

Mom and Dad looked for ways to extend love to people who were often overlooked or disdained. One such group of people were the garbage men. Each week, they waited for the garbage men to make their rounds, and met them at the curb with a plate of homemade cookies and cold drinks. It was awkward for the men at first; they seemed a little skeptical. But Mom and Dad kept it up and eventually built relationships with them. They inquired about their families, and at Christmastime, Mom and Dad bought Christmas gifts for each of the garbage men’s children.

The next year at Thanksgiving, Dad called the company and secured permission from their boss to be excused from work for one hour for a Thanksgiving dinner at our house. Dad escorted the four garbage men into our home, seated them around our dining room table, and he and Mom served them a full seven-course Thanksgiving dinner on china with sterling silver flatware. Three of the four men did not know Jesus, but that day, all four left with Jesus in their hearts.”

Lionel and Dorothy remind us of Jesus’ words,

“In as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren you have done it unto me” ~ Matthew 25:40

As with Lionel, may God give us grace to allow His Spirit to live and love through each of us … remembering great doors swing on little hinges .

…that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love. – Colossians 2:2

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Ney Baily as been a staff member with Cru for more than 46 years. She has spoken extensively on university campuses, at weekend conferences and retreats, civic groups, to Congressional wives and diplomats. Her ministry has taken her to Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Canada.

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What difference does the Holy Spirit bring to board governance?

Board members of Christ-centered churches and ministries face a great temptation. We can fall into the trap of ruling and controlling the work at a church or ministry, rather than serving as overseers of work that belongs to God.

How do we avoid this pitfall? The Jerusalem Council offers a helpful insight for us. As a board, we must attune to the Holy Spirit so that our decisions first seem “good to the Holy Spirit” and then “to us” (Acts 15:28).

In a recent conversation with Bethany Hughes, a Northern Seminary student doing her thesis on the work of the Holy Spirit, we talked about the tendency of biblical readers to focus on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives individually. Interestingly, many texts that refer to the Holy Spirit use plural or collective language. What does this have to do with board governance?

Let’s look at three biblical texts and consider related applications.

Listen and Learn Together

In John 14:26 (parentheses mine), Jesus says,

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you (plural) all things and will remind you (plural) of everything I have said to you (plural).”

If we read this as Jesus saying each of you (singular), we miss the you (plural) point Jesus makes. The Spirit will teach us (plural) all things and remind us (plural) of everything He said.

Imagine a board meeting at which the deliberations centered on helping a ministry navigate a crisis? Board members have different views on what should be done. Might that be the time to stop, stand, and read Scripture in order to listen and learn together. To sit is to assume the posture of those who rule and control; “to stand” is to take the humble posture of service (Numbers 11:16-17). Paul would likely refer to this practice as making “every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit” (Ephesians 4:3). Doing this positions boards as a group to listen and learn, to be taught and reminded by the Holy Spirit.

Pause and Pray Often

In Romans 8:14, Paul writes, “For those (plural) who are led by the Spirit of God are the children (plural) of God.” Sometimes even those who are closest to Jesus can be focused on the wrong things.

Remember Peter in Matthew 16:23?

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Each and every board member must come to grips with this fact. When we are not focused on the concerns of God but on human concerns we function just like Peter, not as a child of God but as one led by the evil one. Yikes! How do we avoid this? We must be people who pause and pray often individually and collectively. This will help ensure that our oversight is led by the Spirit of God and so that our minds are fixed on the concerns of God.

Review and Reflect Collectively

In 1 Peter 1:1-2, the letter opens with this greeting, “

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who (plural) have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”

We are chosen people, set apart, and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus.

When we link this reality to our board service, it is humbling to realize that God has placed us in an oversight role to make sure that the ministry we serve remains faithful to Jesus. If the ministry does not remain faithful, it will not be fruitful. A good way to stay on track is to review and reflect collectively. Most boards do self-assessment on a strategic level. This practice must include the spiritual dimension. Survey the board after each meeting.

Consider asking: How did the Spirit guide our proceedings? What did the Spirit teach us collectively at this meeting?

Concluding Thoughts

If you serve on a board, I suggest you regularly adopt these practices to attune to the Holy Spirit. This will help ensure that your decisions seem good to the Holy Spirit and to you as a group (in that order).

  • Stand together as a board, read Scripture, and listen in silence so that the Spirit can teach you (plural) the way of Jesus.
  • Pause and pray often, both individually and collectively, so that you (plural) are led by the Spirit of God and focused on the concerns of God.
  • Review and reflect collectively after each meeting so that the sanctifying work of the Spirit ensures that your spiritual and strategic governance service, in an ongoing way, remains obedient to Jesus.

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Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D., is president of Global Trust Partners (the international accountability entity recently birthed by ECFA). He also serves as a visiting professor at multiple seminaries and as a board member for two Christ-centered ministries. He has written or contributed to ten books including the most recent release, The Council: A Biblical Perspective on Board Governance (ECFA Press, 2018) co-authored with Wesley K. Willmer, and Gregory J. Henson.

The Outcome Conference – Register before January 31 and Save!

If you want a deep Biblical perspective on Board Governance, then mark your calendars for The Outcomes Conference –  April 14-16 in Dallas Texas. Dr. Gary Hoag, Dr. Wes Wilmer and Greg Henson , the authors of ECFA Press book, The Council: A Biblical Perspective on Board Governance will present four council appearing in the biblical record, and set forth a mindset, model and map for helping overseers govern God’s way.

Outcomes:
  • Gain a biblical mindset for thinking about governance, rooted in exploring councils appearing in Scripture
  • Apply a biblical model with four practices to help governing boards stay on track in their oversight capacity
  • Take home a board checklist for following God’s path for governance
 Field of Study: Business Management and Organization. Session is worth 6 credits.
Learn more at www.outcomesconference.org

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What difference does the Holy Spirit bring to board governance?

Board members of Christ-centered churches and ministries face a great temptation. We can fall into the trap of ruling and controlling the work at a church or ministry, rather than serving as overseers of work that belongs to God.

How do we avoid this pitfall? The Jerusalem Council offers a helpful insight for us. As a board, we must attune to the Holy Spirit so that our decisions first seem “good to the Holy Spirit” and then “to us” (Acts 15:28).

In a recent conversation with Bethany Hughes, a Northern Seminary student doing her thesis on the work of the Holy Spirit, we talked about the tendency of biblical readers to focus on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives individually. Interestingly, many texts that refer to the Holy Spirit use plural or collective language. What does this have to do with board governance?

Let’s look at three biblical texts and consider related applications.

Listen and Learn Together

In John 14:26 (parentheses mine), Jesus says,

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you (plural) all things and will remind you (plural) of everything I have said to you (plural).”

If we read this as Jesus saying each of you (singular), we miss the you (plural) point Jesus makes. The Spirit will teach us (plural) all things and remind us (plural) of everything He said.

Imagine a board meeting at which the deliberations centered on helping a ministry navigate a crisis? Board members have different views on what should be done. Might that be the time to stop, stand, and read Scripture in order to listen and learn together. To sit is to assume the posture of those who rule and control; “to stand” is to take the humble posture of service (Numbers 11:16-17). Paul would likely refer to this practice as making “every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit” (Ephesians 4:3). Doing this positions boards as a group to listen and learn, to be taught and reminded by the Holy Spirit.

Pause and Pray Often

In Romans 8:14, Paul writes, “For those (plural) who are led by the Spirit of God are the children (plural) of God.” Sometimes even those who are closest to Jesus can be focused on the wrong things.

Remember Peter in Matthew 16:23?

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Each and every board member must come to grips with this fact. When we are not focused on the concerns of God but on human concerns we function just like Peter, not as a child of God but as one led by the evil one. Yikes! How do we avoid this? We must be people who pause and pray often individually and collectively. This will help ensure that our oversight is led by the Spirit of God and so that our minds are fixed on the concerns of God.

Review and Reflect Collectively

In 1 Peter 1:1-2, the letter opens with this greeting, “

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who (plural) have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”

We are chosen people, set apart, and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus.

When we link this reality to our board service, it is humbling to realize that God has placed us in an oversight role to make sure that the ministry we serve remains faithful to Jesus. If the ministry does not remain faithful, it will not be fruitful. A good way to stay on track is to review and reflect collectively. Most boards do self-assessment on a strategic level. This practice must include the spiritual dimension. Survey the board after each meeting.

Consider asking: How did the Spirit guide our proceedings? What did the Spirit teach us collectively at this meeting?

Concluding Thoughts

If you serve on a board, I suggest you regularly adopt these practices to attune to the Holy Spirit. This will help ensure that your decisions seem good to the Holy Spirit and to you as a group (in that order).

  • Stand together as a board, read Scripture, and listen in silence so that the Spirit can teach you (plural) the way of Jesus.
  • Pause and pray often, both individually and collectively, so that you (plural) are led by the Spirit of God and focused on the concerns of God.
  • Review and reflect collectively after each meeting so that the sanctifying work of the Spirit ensures that your spiritual and strategic governance service, in an ongoing way, remains obedient to Jesus.

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Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D., is president of Global Trust Partners (the international accountability entity recently birthed by ECFA). He also serves as a visiting professor at multiple seminaries and as a board member for two Christ-centered ministries. He has written or contributed to ten books including the most recent release, The Council: A Biblical Perspective on Board Governance (ECFA Press, 2018) co-authored with Wesley K. Willmer, and Gregory J. Henson.

The Outcome Conference – Register before January 31 and Save!

If you want a deep Biblical perspective on Board Governance, then mark your calendars for The Outcomes Conference –  April 14-16 in Dallas Texas. Dr. Gary Hoag, Dr. Wes Wilmer and Greg Henson , the authors of ECFA Press book, The Council: A Biblical Perspective on Board Governance will present four council appearing in the biblical record, and set forth a mindset, model and map for helping overseers govern God’s way.

Outcomes:
  • Gain a biblical mindset for thinking about governance, rooted in exploring councils appearing in Scripture
  • Apply a biblical model with four practices to help governing boards stay on track in their oversight capacity
  • Take home a board checklist for following God’s path for governance
 Field of Study: Business Management and Organization. Session is worth 6 credits.
Learn more at www.outcomesconference.org

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  Six Steps To Increase SEO Value Of Your Nonprofit Website

A lot has changed for the internet and search engine optimization (SEO), but there are some tried and true ways to increase your site’s rankings and bring you the traffic you need to grow.

Here are six industry-proven steps you can incorporate today.

Use Smart Links

Instead of linking phrases like “click here,” use the destination title or keywords to create a relevant link. There is no search engine value to a vague link, but a descriptive link will improve search engine rankings, and also provide clarity to anyone using a screen reader.

Clear Domain Name

In the Search Engine Journal, Gillon Hunter tells organizations that the best domain name is “unique, clear, short, meaningful, catchy and inspiring.” We couldn’t agree more!

Whether you find your digital real estate on a top-level domain (TLD) like .com, .org, or a not-com like .BIBLE, carefully curate your website name. Be consistent with the brand you’ve worked so hard to cultivate.

Updating Domain Names

If you decide to update your website URL, simply redirect your site users to your new domain name. This does not have to result in losing your search engine ranking! In our experience, our clients that have changed their top-level domain to .BIBLE, found their rankings maintained due to the relevance and ease of accessing a new direct, concise domain name.

Speed

Consider loading speed. Time to first byte (TTFB) is a measurement used as an indication of the responsiveness of a web server or other network resource. Basically, you want to give your customers what they’re looking for and do it quickly.

Alternative Text

Alt tags are the description of a video or image file, not the file name (like image.png). This label will be displayed if a file can’t be loaded, and it’s also the content a crawler will index. For example, for an image of a black, leather Bible opened on a table:

Okay alt text: <img src=”Bible.png” alt=”Bible”>

Best alt text: <img src=”Bible.png” alt=”Open black leather Bible

SEO HACK: Speaking of visual files, do you have videos on your site? Provide a full transcript underneath to optimize indexing.

Don’t forget title tags!

Though there’s a lot of debate about how title tags are used to rank sites, we know it’s an important and user-friendly component to an online experience. Moz describes them as:

“…an HTML element that specifies the title of a web page. Title tags are displayed on search engine results pages (SERPs) as the clickable headline for a given result, and are important for usability, SEO, and social sharing.”

Give your pages great title tags, but resist the temptation to saturate them with too many keywords. Instead, focus on content.

SEO HACK: Check the title tag on your homepage. The word “home” will be mean nothing to a bot or a user. Better yet, use your organization or site name.

Content is king!

But you already knew that, right? Right now, stories are everywhere.

If you’re a nonprofit on a .org, or a parachurch organization on a .BIBLE, the objective is to create relevant content and your people will find you. The easiest way? Start a blog and start sharing your expertise. Crawlers like new content, and so do your site visitors.

Start Today

These are just a few of the many methods for improving your search engine ranking. Whether you contact your host to find out about improved loading speed, or audit your site for weak links, choose an action step to take this week. And don’t forget to take a look at your analytics before and after your changes so you can celebrate your improvements.

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DJ Chuang is currently working as the Registry Manager at .BIBLE Registry, a new top-level domain for all things Bible. He’s been in the business long enough to acquire experience as a published author, web developer, program director, web strategist, software developer, and pastor.

Last day to register for the Outcomes Academy Online Winter Term!

Enroll now for one or any of the following courses!

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  Six Steps To Increase SEO Value Of Your Nonprofit Website

A lot has changed for the internet and search engine optimization (SEO), but there are some tried and true ways to increase your site’s rankings and bring you the traffic you need to grow.

Here are six industry-proven steps you can incorporate today.

Use Smart Links

Instead of linking phrases like “click here,” use the destination title or keywords to create a relevant link. There is no search engine value to a vague link, but a descriptive link will improve search engine rankings, and also provide clarity to anyone using a screen reader.

Clear Domain Name

In the Search Engine Journal, Gillon Hunter tells organizations that the best domain name is “unique, clear, short, meaningful, catchy and inspiring.” We couldn’t agree more!

Whether you find your digital real estate on a top-level domain (TLD) like .com, .org, or a not-com like .BIBLE, carefully curate your website name. Be consistent with the brand you’ve worked so hard to cultivate.

Updating Domain Names

If you decide to update your website URL, simply redirect your site users to your new domain name. This does not have to result in losing your search engine ranking! In our experience, our clients that have changed their top-level domain to .BIBLE, found their rankings maintained due to the relevance and ease of accessing a new direct, concise domain name.

Speed

Consider loading speed. Time to first byte (TTFB) is a measurement used as an indication of the responsiveness of a web server or other network resource. Basically, you want to give your customers what they’re looking for and do it quickly.

Alternative Text

Alt tags are the description of a video or image file, not the file name (like image.png). This label will be displayed if a file can’t be loaded, and it’s also the content a crawler will index. For example, for an image of a black, leather Bible opened on a table:

Okay alt text: <img src=”Bible.png” alt=”Bible”>

Best alt text: <img src=”Bible.png” alt=”Open black leather Bible

SEO HACK: Speaking of visual files, do you have videos on your site? Provide a full transcript underneath to optimize indexing.

Don’t forget title tags!

Though there’s a lot of debate about how title tags are used to rank sites, we know it’s an important and user-friendly component to an online experience. Moz describes them as:

“…an HTML element that specifies the title of a web page. Title tags are displayed on search engine results pages (SERPs) as the clickable headline for a given result, and are important for usability, SEO, and social sharing.”

Give your pages great title tags, but resist the temptation to saturate them with too many keywords. Instead, focus on content.

SEO HACK: Check the title tag on your homepage. The word “home” will be mean nothing to a bot or a user. Better yet, use your organization or site name.

Content is king!

But you already knew that, right? Right now, stories are everywhere.

If you’re a nonprofit on a .org, or a parachurch organization on a .BIBLE, the objective is to create relevant content and your people will find you. The easiest way? Start a blog and start sharing your expertise. Crawlers like new content, and so do your site visitors.

Start Today

These are just a few of the many methods for improving your search engine ranking. Whether you contact your host to find out about improved loading speed, or audit your site for weak links, choose an action step to take this week. And don’t forget to take a look at your analytics before and after your changes so you can celebrate your improvements.

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DJ Chuang is currently working as the Registry Manager at .BIBLE Registry, a new top-level domain for all things Bible. He’s been in the business long enough to acquire experience as a published author, web developer, program director, web strategist, software developer, and pastor.

Last day to register for the Outcomes Academy Online Winter Term!

Enroll now for one or any of the following courses!

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Are you dedicated to lifelong learning?

Here at Christian Leadership Alliance we believe deeply in lifelong learning. That’s because we know it’s how you will best hone your skills to have lasting impact for Christ.

That’s why we’re offering a dynamic lineup of in-depth, yet practical and biblically-based, learning experiences at The Outcomes Conference in Dallas, April 16-18, 2019.(Don’t miss the Jan. 31 Outcomes Conference savings deadline).

And it’s why we offer state-of-the-art online leadership modules through the Outcomes Academy, including our upcoming Winter 2019 lineup (Jan. 14 registration deadline).

Taking Responsibility for Lifelong Learning

Noted management and leadership expert Peter Drucker recognized the vital importance of lifelong learning. In his book Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Routledge, 1985), Drucker said:

“The correct assumption in an entrepreneurial society is that individuals will have to learn new things well after they have become adults—and maybe more than once… One implication of this is that individuals will increasingly have to take responsibility for their own continuous learning and re-learning, for their own self-development and for their own careers.”

In other words, you’re responsible for your own continuing development as a leader! But you’re also responsible for others. As a leader, you must ensure that your entire team continues to grow through lifelong learning.

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once humorously quipped:

“The only thing worse than training an employee and having them leave, is to not train them, and have them stay.”

I think Ziglar’s right. Ongoing training is not only an important retention tool for your organization, it’s also the best way to stay cutting-edge in terms of performance. Ongoing training is vital because an organization never exceeds the competency and skills of its employees.

Earn Professional Credits for Continuing Education

Here at the Alliance, we so believe in the value of lifelong learning, that for The Outcomes Conference 2019, we’re offering multiple paths for earning valuable professional continuing education credits.

We have exciting news!

The Outcomes Conference  is now an official “SHRM Recertification Provider” for 2019.

Now you’ll be able to earn valuable Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) professional development credits at this event.

At The Outcomes Conference 2019 we’ll also again offer:

  • CPE –  Continuing Professional Education Credits, as Christian Leadership Alliance is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA.)
  • CFRE – Certified Fund Raising Executive International Points.
  • CCNL – Credentialed Christian Nonprofit Leader (CCNL) through Christian Leadership Alliance. You can earn up to 40 CCNL points by attending The Outcomes Conference 2019.
Attend The Outcomes Conference 2019

We encourage you to register today to join us at The Outcomes Conference 2019! You’ll save if you register by Jan. 31, 2019. And as a member you can send one individual for free when you register a group of five. (Contact our registrar to learn more – 949-487-0900, ext.118)

This conference will offer a wide array of practical, biblically-based leadership forums, intensives, workshops and more aimed at your helping you accelerate your lifelong learning journey. Our experienced faculty is comprised of leaders who have front-line experience, and who want you to succeed in pursuing your kingdom calling.

Visit www.outcomesconference.org to learn more.

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Scott Brown is the Vice President for Leadership Experiences and Resources for Christian Leadership Alliance. He also serves as editor-in-chief for the Alliance’s Outcomes magazine.

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Tips for Effective Coaching

As more organizations move away from standard performance reviews in favor of coaching programs that focus on the reward of career growth, many leaders find they need guidance on how to make a coaching program successful.

Success relies on both coaches and those being coached keeping a few key things in mind.

Setting Guidelines

If your organization has adopted a coaching program or is considering one, start by carefully and thoughtfully setting guidelines on who will coach whom at your organization.

Do you want supervisors to coach their direct reports? Or do you believe it’s more beneficial for someone less focused on performance to coach an employee? Many organizations find it beneficial for employees to be coached by someone other than their manager so sessions can focus more on where the employee would like to go with their career (and how to get there) than on department goals and metrics.

Once you’ve set guidelines, provide employees and their coaches with the following tips.

Tips for Employees Being Coached

With the performance review process, employees may feel like reviews are the only gauge of their worth at an organization. In contrast, a coaching program allows employees to feel valuable because they can see that their future matters not just to themselves but to the organization, too. This requires a change in mindset.

If you are an employee being coached, you should:

  1. Take ownership of the process. Before your coaching session, spend some time considering where you want the conversation to go. Self-reflection before a coaching session is essential.
  2. Consider preparing some notes outlining what you want to cover during the session and what you need from your coach.
  3. Expect to do as much as 70% of the talking during a coaching session.
Tips for Coaches

If you’re in the coaching role, keep these five key concepts in mind to have optimal impact:

  1. Determine what kind of coach you want to be. Think back to impactful leaders in your past who inspired you. Reflect on methods they used that helped you succeed.
  2. Be a coach, not a mentor. In sports, coaches help their players succeed on the field but not necessarily off it. Much like that scenario, your coaching experience is less personal in nature; it’s laser-focused on helping the employee achieve his or her goals. You are there to listen to their goals and help them identify ways to achieve them so your entire organization can succeed.
  3. Talk less, listen more. Your goal shouldn’t be to reminisce about the old days and dispense advice based on your own history. Instead, coaches should listen as much as 70% of sessions and only talk 30%. One of the best things that can come out of a coaching session is an employee realizing where his or her passions lie, then asking for guidance on how to achieve those goals.
  4. Be personal and affirming. One thing most people have in common is that they want to feel valued and heard. Listen and affirm that you’ve heard. Address the specific needs, concerns, and goals the person you’re coaching brings to you. When they request your assistance, confirm that you’ve heard the request and provide an action plan for what you can do to help.
  5. Move away from the temptation to address performance issues. You may find this especially difficult if you’re the employee’s manager, but a coaching session is not the place to address performance issues. Save this for another time and focus coaching sessions on forward career momentum. Strive to keep the experience positive and motivating.

As your organization explains the concept of a coaching program to employees, remind those being coached that they are in charge of this process and will only get from the program what they’re willing to put into it. Providing the tips above will help those being coached and their coaches make the most of the time. And that will help assure that your employees and your organization both reap the benefits of this forward-thinking approach to talent management.

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Heather Mausz is Vice President of Talent Management at CapinCrouse, a national full-service CPA and consulting firm devoted to serving nonprofit organizations. Heather has over 18 years of experience in the fields of recruiting, talent development and coaching and provides a range of talent management consulting services.

Early Registration for the Outcomes Conference 2019 is effective now through January 31 2019. Be a good steward and sign up early. All Alliance members can take advantage of this savings PLUS the benefit of registering four at one time and earning a fifth registration FREE.

So what are you waiting for? Join Christ-centered leaders for the equipping event of the year!  We hope to see you there.

www.OutcomesConference.org

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