Leadership Lesson from Obama and the Syria “Red Line”

It's called an ultimatum. Usually frustrated people make them. It's what President Obama gave to Syria when he said the use of chemical weapons would be crossing a "red line." The goal of the cruise missile strikes the United States is planning to carry out in Syria is to restore the smudged “red line” that President Obama drew a year ago against the use of poison gas. (The New York Times)I've seen it a lot from teachers, parents (myself included), and leaders of all sorts. We get frustra … [Read more...]

How to Be Known as a Hero

Privileged to have my thoughts on leadership featured with my friends at Catalyst. The beginning of the post follows. Visit the site with a click here to read the post in its entirety.  It’s hardwired into all of us. At least I hope it’s not just me.I feel it deep down where stuff really matters. I’m talking about that desire be known as a hero.As a Catalyst leader pondering how you want to be known, I’m thinking you probably want to be known as a hero, too. What It takes to Be … [Read more...]

Fear of Failure: Why It’s Essential to Success

Pleased to have my thoughts on failure -- and why we must fear it if we want success -- featured with my friend Skip Prichard. The beginning of the post follows. Visit his site with a click here to read the post in its entirety. If you fear failure, you are not alone. A quick Google search reveals countless resources to help you overcome the fear of failure. Certainly, an unhealthy fear of failure can paralyze us and destroy the culture of the teams we lead. But the lack of any fear of failure c … [Read more...]

To All Those Who Just Want to Quit

I returned from my mission to Guam the other day full of energy, ideas, and the faith to make them happen.Within a day, I had lost it all and just wanted to quit. Fear grabbed me by the hair, gripped me firmly in a headlock, and proceeded to pummel my confidence with repeated blows. Within hours, I was a bloody and faithless mess. Finally, when fear had finished for the day, it dumped me and left my future as good as dead and buried.It was all I could do to clutch the side of the bed … [Read more...]

Special Post on “The Leadership Test” for my Equip Leadership friends in Guam

Today's post is intended specifically for my friends in Guam to supplement my opening session on "The Leadership Test." Often when attending a conference, it can be a challenge to writie it all down if you're actually paying attention. So I am sharing a few things I plan to reference tonight to make it easy to follow up for further growth. Of course, I welcome communication directly via social media or e-mail: Bill@BillintheBlank.com if I can be of further assistance during my stay on this … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Pastor’s Wife: What She Really Wants

While I am equipping ministry leaders in Guam, I'm privileged to feature a post from my friend Shannon Milholland here at FaithWalkers. Shannon is a morning runner, an afternoon carpooler and all-day lover of Jesus.She is the voice of Jesus & My Orange Juice, a fresh-squeezed oasis for ordinary living. Shannon finds joy among piles of laundry and miles of carpools and delights in leading others to this place of contentment in life, through the written and spoken word.Connect with her … [Read more...]

Book Review: “The Catalyst Leader” by Brad Lomenick

Essential.The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker by Brad Lomenick, CEO of Catalyst, releases this coming Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from Thomas Nelson Publishers. And I can think of no better word to describe it than what it claims to be.Essential. Here’s Why In The Catalyst Leader, Brad pulls back the curtain on the inner working of Catalyst to reveal the eight essentials that have made Catalyst the premier leadership conference provider for young leaders today. Bu … [Read more...]

12 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask: Guest Post with Catalyst

Congratulations! You made it! You're the new leader. Now what?I know you're supposed to always look like you know what you're doing but -- truth be told -- new leaders often don't even know where to start. They drift around for a month or so, smiling a lot, ordering new stationery while they act as if they've got it covered.I came across this all-too-familiar scenario recently while coaching a young executive at a non-profit. He had been moved unexpectedly....Read the rest of 12 … [Read more...]