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GLS Café on Crucial Conversations – May 2015

‘The Health of a relationship, team or organisation is a function of the average time lag between identifying and discussing problems. The health of our ministry, the impact of your team’s focus, the transformation in your community; depends upon how quickly and effectively a leader responds to problems, breakdowns and division.’ Joseph Grenny, GLS 2014 Main Session, ‘Crucial Conversations’
Responding to …

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 3 – Will Bissett

3. Are there things that churches think they’re doing right that actually we’re doing wrong (and vice versa)?
The findings highlight and remind us of the gulf in mindset and perception between believers and non-believers.  A lot of our communications, questions and events often seem targeted at people who have a Christian background or as though …

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 2 – Will Bissett

2. Was there an outstanding finding? Were there any surprises?
The sample was split into 3 groups; regulars (attending church at least once a month), affiliates (identified as Christian but with low or no attendance), Others (no Christian affiliation).
Whilst it may seem obvious that Regulars would rate God, Jesus, Christians, Christianity and Church more highly than …

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 1 – Will Bissett

A study into perceptions of the Christian faith held by those on the fringes, and those outside the church
The Prime Minister has asserted that the UK is a Christian country. Is he right? In the 2011 census just over 59% of people in the UK claimed some kind of Christian affiliation or identity. Other surveys …

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Difficult Conversations – Joseph Grenny

Joseph Grenny gives an injection of leadership wisdom at Willow Creek Community Church to launch The Global Leadership Summit 2014 season. Grenny focuses on disproportionate influence in critical moments and how to understand it from a leadership perspective.

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Challenges and Solutions to Make Your Church More Effective Today – Part 2

Challenge two – Relationships and accountability
It is not uncommon in churches for relationships to have great centrality. As Christians we value fellowship, we want to build community and we believe in the importance of trying to act as a family. This can give real strength to our communities, but it can also mean that relationships …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Managing Staff – Part 7: The Reprimand – John Truscott


This blog, the final one in this series, is a partner for No. 6 on encouragement. So I am still talking about 24/7 review.
I have seen it said, quite correctly, that bad management is to be criticised but never thanked. I would add that it is just as bad to be thanked but never criticised.
The …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Managing Staff – Part 6: The Encouragement – John Truscott


Last time we looked at specific review points, from a weekly meeting to the annual or six-monthly setting of aims and targets. But line management should be seen as a continuous process 24/7. It’s an ongoing relationship.
Let’s recap. I’ve noted that your attitude needs to be one of developing the worker to be the best …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Managing Staff – Part 5: The Review – John Truscott


“Ah,” you say, “the dreaded annual appraisal”. To confirm your feelings, watch this clip (ignore the non-appraisal bit!):
And that’s what appraisal is all about for many line managers, with Christians being little different. Sad.
So let’s start again. I’ll avoid the A word and use the broader R one, Review. Here are four key points.

Review is …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Managing Staff – Part 4: The Plan – John Truscott


This time I build on the three foundations of job description, person profile and employment terms to create a plan for the worker that will give them a right balance of challenge and support. Getting that balance just right is your responsibility. It will be different for each person you manage. No, not easy!
Personal aims
You …

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