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Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Blog |

Why Refusing to Conduct Performance Reviews Is Irresponsible

Why Refusing to Conduct Performance Reviews Is Irresponsible

This week I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, an organization that serves 100 million people in over 100 countries around the globe.  Dr. Woo spoke to a group of Catholic leaders participating in the Dynamic Discipleship Leadership Community that Leadership Network is facilitating in partnership with Parish Catylst.  Among other things, Dr. Woo spoke about 6 ‘levers’ that leaders have at their disposal in order to develop teams and drive vision through their organization.  Here are some of Dr. Woo’s comments regarding the impact of poorly executed performance reviews: That person becomes irrelevant to the organization and the external world, so at 50 years old the person is ‘stuck’. You can’t afford the person; the market doesn’t want the person. It is a failure of responsibility.  This is what it looks like when we don’t do performance evaluations correctly. It is a form of investment.  It is like parents who don’t take seriously what [their children] need or don’t need....

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Blog, Life | 3 comments

You Need a Push (and So Do I)

You Need a Push (and So Do I)

As you probably know, I jumped into CrossFit at the beginning of the year to try and revive my waning fitness routine. Mission accomplished! I’ll write more on that later, but I wanted to share a recent experience from CrossFit and relate it to life.  Last week we were doing a METCON that involved 3 rounds of hand-stand pushups (wall walks for me), a 5 Bear Complex, and a 200 meter ‘sprint’.  The ‘buy out’ at the end was 3 muscle ups or 15 ring rows.  I chose the latter.  During my last round I was spent.  I was down to the final 200 meters and my ring rows.  With about 100 meters to go, I was through running.  I wanted to walk.  I wanted to stop. I walked. My resolve was diminished, I didn’t care about time, I would be content just to finish. About that time, I heard someone coming up behind me.  As he got close, I heard the words, “You’re almost finished, buddy.  Come on.”...

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

5 Questions to ask before Your Fall Campaign

5 Questions to ask before Your Fall Campaign

After directing Sermon based Small Group campaigns for many years I have discovered there are foundational questions we need to answer each year.   This may be your first campaign or tenth, either way, here are some foundational questions you need to answer for each campaign. 1.   What is the goal (hope to accomplish) of conducting this campaign?  It happened a few years ago in our evaluation meeting of the 6-week campaign.  As we sat in staff meeting discussing the campaign no one had any excitement about what had just consumed hours and weeks of our energy.  There was not a clear answer as to what we accomplished in the campaign.  Then someone asked: “What was our goal for this campaign?”  No one had an answer. As Zig Ziglar said ““If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” 2. What is success for the Small Group Leader?  Is it to baptize a member of the group; grow the group larger than any other small group;  enter...

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