Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Resonance and Dissonance

Disclaimer: I am learning this lesson through my own immaturity and folly!

Question: What if you could double your impact by learning to communicate effectively?

Wise leaders know when to create resonance and when to create dissonance through interpersonal and corporate communication. Foolish leaders create a façade of resonance through “happy talk” and unnecessary dissonance by dying on all the wrong hills.

Great leadership discerns which hills are worth dying on and communicates vision in a life giving way. I have at times foolishly cast vision without thinking through differing points of dissension and then blamed the listener for their lack of support of the vision. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb!!

I am learning… a great leader gets input from key team members and wrestles through change before pulling the trigger. This leader then connects change back to vision, makes vision personal and asks people to sacrifice for the vision.

I’ve noticed in my own leadership, dissonance is unnecessarily created when I am defensive or lead out of paranoia with the assumption that every person is out to get me. Dissonance is also imminent I make foolish changes just for the sake of change.

I am learning… wise leaders allow people to disagree privately without instilling a fear of being axed.

On the opposite side of the coin… I’ve witnessed spineless leaders who create a façade of resonance through happy talk and never address issues of misalignment or ungodly attitudes. This too is foolish. This person is no longer a leader, but a puppet.

Wise leaders are willing to create dissonance around the vision and big decisions… after processing through the decision in the context of a highly competent team and hearing from the LORD!

These leaders are still gracious in their communication and are not threatened by people who disagree. Team members who disagree privately and support publically can continue to function on the team at high levels. Those who gossip or betray in a destructive way must be dealt with swiftly and biblically in order to maintain alignment to the vision and organizational health.

All of this to say… let’s create healthy resonance by communicating with emotional intelligence. Let’s not blame people for our poor communication. And… let’s be willing to wisely create dissonance. Let’s protect the vision and deal with toxic heart attitudes quickly in a biblical matter.

PS, this principle rings true in marriage as well!! ☺

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happiness Is!!!

Don't miss the launch of our new "Happiness Is" series at South Bay Church beginning this Sunday, February 12. Join us as we unpack what it looks like to experience true Happiness.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Power of A Personal Invite

Check out this video that describes the power of a personal invitation to church. God can use you as a link in the chain to transform someone else's eternity this week!! Invite!!

Invite somebody to church with you this Sunday!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Coaching Network For Church Planters

I believe that church planters and pastors are some of the greatest change agents in the world. Over the last couple of years I've had the great privilege of investing in dozens of pastors in church planters. I want to take it to a whole new level and invest in pastors through an online coaching network.

Here is why I believe in coaching networks... My life has been changed through them. Through rubbing shoulders with other leaders like Bil Cornelius, Perry Noble, Nelson Searcy, Steve Stroope and Ron Sylvia... my leadership has gone to a whole new level. The thousands of dollars invested in my leadership through coaching networks has reaped a harvest thousands of changed lives and every dollar invested has been worth it!!

There will be 8 sessions. All of them will be online once a month for 90 minutes. We will deal with some pretty raw stuff like- Getting your personal life in order (marriage & family), leading a focused organization, creating and sustaining momentum, breaking through growth barriers shifting your paradigm and much more.

If you are hungry to learn and grow this is for you. If you are ready to invest in your leadership at a whole new level- this is for you.

Here is what you should do... Download the application by clicking here. Email it to in the next two days and if you qualify you will be a part of the network.

All of the details are in the application including dates, cost, etc... If you have any questions please feel free to email her.

Finally, here is the deal... It starts this Thursday, February 9 so you need to get your application in quickly. I am pretty close to capacity for the call, but wanted to open it up to a few more leaders. We'd love to have you on the line with us!!

PS, Last week I hosted a webinar. You can download that by clicking here.