Brian Dodridge

Leading effectively (even if you’re outsmarted)

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IQ not high enough? Lack a special talent? Can’t woo a room with your command of the English language? Can’t connect all the dots from vision to strategy? If so, you’re not alone – and, these things don’t automatically disqualify you from leadership. You simply have to work more intentionally. Below are eight hints for leading effectively, even if you’re not the most effective person at the leadership table.

I’m one of those guys. I don’t have a specific talent. I’m not all that smart (students...more

The Cost of ‘Arriving’ in Ministry

  ©iQoncept/ Dollar Photo Club Are you a better minister this year than you were last year? What are you doing to ensure you are? I believe Bill Hybels often asks the question, “Can you get just 5% better this year as a leader?” In his book, Elevate, Rich Horwath talks about the lack of intentional improvement amongst leaders. I think his ideas also apply to ministry leaders. Horwath...more

Why You Should Waste Church Resources

©ImagePixel/ Dollar Photo Club It’s hard to walk away from something that’s taken a significant investment of time and resources. But I’m learning in my position as executive pastor (and it’s likely applicable for other ministry leadership positions), the investment of time into things that never see the light of day is actually me doing my job effectively. I assume all leaders are frustrated by sunk costs. But, as ministry...more

This Is Not My Favorite Thing To Do

©Mat Hayward / Dollar Photo Club We all have tasks we don’t like in our life. Or, as I teach my kids to say about foods they don’t like — “it’s not my favorite.” I did a ministry task this week I didn’t like. What about you? What church or ministry task don’t you like? My task: determining closure of offices, and cancellation of ministry opportunities and Sunday services...more

Interrupt! Avoiding the “confidentiality” Trap

©robodread / Dollar Photo Club “This is just between you and me.” Whoever might say this to you shouldn’t be able to dictate what is confidential without your buy-in. You need to get comfortable with interrupting people – at least in those moments when they come into your office and say “This is just between you and me.”, without you knowing what the topic is. Before you even have...more
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