Lead From Your Extraordinary Best

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If there is one thing I’m passionate about is seeing leaders lead from their extraordinary best!

 

A Sacred Call

Leaders, we have a sacred call. Because of our influence, we have the power to affect and change the lives of the people we lead. Let’s be great stewards of this responsibility and be committed to leading ourselves well.

In my book, The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, I explain how I believe the Great Commandment gives us a framework for leading from our extraordinary best.

Jesus is challenging us to love God and others with all of who we are – heart, soul, mind, and strength. I believe our best leadership – healthy, thriving, God-honoring leadership – occurs when we learn to lead from these four dimensions.

 

The First Step

Pulling it all together is a process. The first step of the process is awareness of your strengths and weakness when it comes to leading from your whole self. Are you a stronger heart leader, soul leader, mind leader, or strength leader?

We need you to lead with all of who you are – heart, soul, mind, and strength for the glory of God and the good of others!

Not sure? We’ve got you covered. I’ve provided a FREE Extraordinary Leadership Assessment that will give you immediate results and additional resources.

 

Summer Team Development

Summer is the perfect time to take you and your team through The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary LeadershipFor a small investment of a book, you can help develop yourself and your team members.

As a bonus, I have a FREE Bonus Offer. The Extraordinary Leadership Guide will help you learn about each dimension and how they apply to a team environment. Fill out the form below and start, today! Is that cool or what?

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Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

 

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Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.

Jenni is the author of several books, including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.


 

 

Jenni Catron, Leadership Consulting, Self-Leadership

4 Dimensions of Self Leadership That Could Save You From Imploding

4 Dimensions of Self Leadership That Could Save You From Imploding

By: Jenni Catron

 

Like most of the ambitious and driven, I’ve not always stewarded the responsibility of leadership well. I’ve chased position, title, and accolades. I’ve made leadership more about me rather than serving others.

 

The longer I lead the more deeply committed I’ve become to the gravity of leadership.  We see the notoriety and success and we then become enamored with the idea of leadership.

 

Hebrews 13:17 tells us that as leaders we are to keep watch over those in our sphere of influence and that we will be held accountable for that care.

 

I wonder if we’ve lost this understanding?

 

Luke tells us, “To whom much is given much is required.”

 

Do we recognize that with greater leadership we are not less accountable, we are actually more accountable?

 

Have we glamorized leadership and idolized leaders so much that we’ve become blinded to our frailty?

 

Are we so afraid of honesty, confession, our sin and our failure that, like King David, we will cover it all up no matter the cost?

 

Are we so fearful of losing control that we orchestrate control by surrounding ourselves with “yes men and women”, creating echo chambers of our own praise?

 

Leaders, I believe it’s a season of reckoning. I believe God is calling us back to His heart for leadership. Back to a realization of the extraordinary honor and privilege it is to have influence in another’s life. Back to the realization that with every ounce of influence, we have the power to affect the lives of other people. Back to the realization that with every expansion of that influence— the ripple effect gets more profound. Back to an understanding that when we fail, the consequences and the impact on so many others will send shock waves for years to come.

 

What can we learn? How do change the trajectory of the story? How can we raise a generation of thriving and healthy leaders who lead well for the long haul? How do we make sure today’s heroes don’t become tomorrow’s headlines?

 

It starts with me. It starts with you. It’s the slow, slogging, unseen work of self-leadership. Leading yourself well in every dimension of life. No one can do this work for you, and ultimately you’re accountable.

 

4 Essential Dimensions for Leading Yourself Well

 

  1. Spiritual Discipline

How is your soul?

We hate the word discipline, but I intentionally used it here. To nurture your soul requires a relationship with God. Building a relationship means time spent together. Are you seeking God for the purpose of knowing Him, not needing something from Him? Are you consistent and intentional in prayer, Bible reading, and Sabbath? Are there disciplines in your life that suggest you’re actively pursuing growth for your soul?

 

  1. Relational Health

How are your relationships?

We were made for community, but too many of us sacrifice family and friends for the sake of ambition. It’s often subtle. Responsibilities grow and gradually we continue to squeeze out the relationships that ground us. We buy into the belief that leadership is lonely. Instead of fighting the loneliness with intentional community, we give in to the isolation that becomes a breeding ground for unhealth. Who are the people who don’t need you to be a leader? Fight for time with them.

 

  1. Growth Mindset

How are you learning?

There is a well-known quote that says, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” Trouble is, our egos enjoy being the smartest person in the room, and the more leadership influence we gain the more likely that is the case.  We must fight our ego, cultivate an attitude of curiosity and humbly acknowledge where we need to continue to grow. Our nature gravitates toward what’s known and comfortable. Maintaining a growth mindset helps us value the wisdom of others, humbly recognize our inadequacies, and relentlessly remain committed to learning and growing.

 

  1. Purpose and Direction

What is your purpose?

Sadly, we often lose our personal sense of purpose and direction in the pursuit of achievement.  What is your purpose, your driving “why” for everything you do? If your title and platform were stripped away tomorrow would you still know what you are gifted and created to do? Does your “why” transcend the title and position? If not, it’s time to revisit and identify the core purpose that grounds you no matter the circumstances you find yourself in.

And not so ironically that pursuit of purpose takes you full circle back to the first dimension of soul care.

 

Leaders, we get the remarkable privilege of leading others to extraordinary outcomes, but this pursuit has the potential to do more harm than good if we are not attentive to our health as leaders.

 

“A leader is a person who must take special responsibility for what’s going on inside of himself or herself… lest the act of leadership create more harm than good.”

Parker Palmer

 

Perhaps with a more sober perspective on leadership, we would be more cautious with our desire to grow our influence. Perhaps we’d hold it more carefully. Perhaps we’d recognize the truly sacred responsibility that leadership is.

Lead yourself well. It matters. It so desperately matters.

 

3 Proven Tactics to Break the Growth Barriers in Your Organization

3 Proven Tactics to Break the Growth Barriers in Your Organization

By: Pam Marmon

 

Do you want to grow your organization and achieve more impact? If you are on a want to reach more people, you understand that scaling your organization is expensive, time-consuming, and exhausting. There is never enough time in the day to read one more book, attend one more training, and listen to one more podcast. You need to grow, now! Through my experience as an organizational effectiveness and growth management consultant, I’ve helped organizations of various sizes and industries, as they embarked on massive transformations. While some were wildly successful, many lessons were learned through failure. Here are three things you must apply if you want to gracefully scale your organization.

1. People

Your people are your biggest asset. The right people will take your organization to places that far outreach your imagination. Diversity of thoughts, backgrounds, and ideas enhance the quality of perspectives and helps you make strategic decisions. Apart from the obvious characteristics you need your team to exhibit, such as people who are knowledgeable, trust-worthy, and overall a great culture-fit, there is one superior characteristic that will drive your organization to growth.

Ownership.
To cultivate a culture of ownership, people must demonstrate entrepreneurial behaviors. Entrepreneurs obsess about their organizations. They have a stake in the game, an investment, and a higher level of commitment. Your role as a leader is to demonstrate those behaviors yourself, foster incentives that awaken an entrepreneurial mindset and encourage others to think and behave like owners. What can your organization change to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment?

2. Strategy

If you don’t know where your organization is going, you will end up somewhere. Do you want to leave that to chance? This is why successful organizations that scale well host quarterly strategic sessions to define the future path, review what needs fixing, and align on goals and objectives. If this is so important, why isn’t every organization doing it? Because you will need to stop all the important and urgent things you are already undertaking, and invest time in important and yet not urgent matters. Busy organizations are not necessarily productive organizations. Strategically aligned organizations, where people talk to each other, and do what is best for the collective interest of the organization, are productive. They have less re work, less internal strife, and less time putting out fires. If you want to scale your organization, host quarterly strategic sessions and cascade information throughout your organization. Listen, learn, and continuously adjust the plan. How can your organization gather data necessary for a successful strategic session?

3. Execution

If execution eats strategy for breakfast, then great ideas are worthless if not executed well. Execution is about discipline, accountability, and consequences. It’s about operational excellence and resolving the bottlenecks in your organization. It’s
about purposeful meetings, completed tasks, visibility to status, and recognition when milestones are met. It’s ok to run a tight ship and reward people for a job well done! If you want your company to excel in execution, create a culture where high- achievers thrive. Set the expectation that when commitments are made, people are held accountable and rewarded. It’s ok to make mistakes as long as we learn, adjust, and move on. Execution is about getting things done. How is your organization rewarding teams that excel in the area of execution? It is hard to get people, strategy, and execution flawless. But if you want to grow and scale your organization, you need to transition how you’ve done things in the past and look towards the future. Most importantly, remember your why! You need a compelling reason to anchor when the storms come and the inevitable challenges shake your position. Your people will persevere, your strategy will guide you, and your execution will help you get there.

This is a guest post by Pam Marmon who is the Founder of Threefold Tribe, a
consulting firm helping growing churches multiply and equipping the church to be
the highest functioning organization in the world.

Pam is also the Founder of Marmon Consulting, a growth management consulting firm helping growing companies scale by providing leadership and insights that deliver results and break the growth barrier. Church leaders and Christian non-profits can receive Pam’s free video resource on The 6 Steps to Effective Internal Communications, with bonus materials including worksheets, checklists, and an Excel toolkit. In the absence of communications, rumors, anxiety, and lost productivity emerge. You can change that! From strategy to execution, you can improve how your organization serves more people to achieve greater mission and impact.

Leader, Jenni Catron, Leadership Consulting

From Possibility to Reality: The True Mark of a Leader

From Possibility to Reality: The Bridge Building of a Leader

By: Jenni Catron

 

I WAS SO FRUSTRATED! WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY BECAME ONE OF MY MOST FRUSTRATING PROFESSIONAL MOMENTS.

I was fuming at the end of the meeting. Each person on the marketing team had been tasked with brainstorming an idea for an upcoming project and presenting it to the entire team. The executives would choose the best idea with the understanding that the winning idea would be the anchor promotion for the campaign we were working on.

The meeting started out really fun. Everyone had come with some great ideas. We were inspired and excited about the possibilities. Sure, some of the ideas were outrageous but the creative juices were flowing. The energy was infectious.

Now it was time for the executives to choose the winning idea. I didn’t expect to win. Even I knew my idea wasn’t the best one presented… after all, I’m not so much an ideas girl. I’m more of an implementer. I take pride in being the one on the team that can find a way to get the big idea done. And that’s what puzzled me so much about what happened next. When the executives announced their choice I thought they were joking. Sure, the idea they chose was a really fun and outrageous idea, but it wasn’t a doable idea. Not just in that it would be challenging or stretching… it wasn’t a doable idea because we couldn’t LEGALLY do it. Contest rules and government regulations limited the viability of the idea.

While everyone was high-fiving and talking about how cool the idea was. I was internally screaming at the stupidity of the decision. What good is an idea… a vision… if it’s not a doable idea?

Oftentimes we as leaders don’t realize the frustration we cause when we pitch extraordinary ideas and outrageous goals to our teams. Time and time again as I work with executive leaders and their teams I discover an enormous chasm that exists between a leader’s ideas and the reality that it takes for the team to accomplish them.

But what I’ve also discovered is that most ideas are actually possible, it’s just that the leader has failed to connect reality with possibility. A big part of our job as leaders is to be vision casters. We need to be dreaming of the possibilities. We need to have hope for a better future and greater outcomes. But casting vision is not enough. The challenge emerges when we disconnect too much from the reality of what it takes for our teams to help us achieve these visions. Gary Vaynerchuk describes this as living in the “clouds and dirt.” He says, “I spend all my time in the clouds and the dirt. That is to say, I only ever focus on the high-end philosophy of what I believe, and the low-down subject matter expertise that allows me to execute against it. Know the philosophy, know the details, and ignore everything in the middle.”

When we live in the clouds and never get in the dirt, we are no longer equipped to adequately lead our teams. Leaders lose credibility when we’re disconnected from reality. We have to create the bridge. We have to help connect the dots and create a pathway that our teams can see.

As leaders, we must keep ourselves tethered to reality. Remember, not everyone is on board with your big idea. As leaders, we think our grand ideas are obviously great. We birthed them so how would we think any different?  But while you’re pushing through a grand dream, you could be pushing your team to burnout. If your team really hasn’t embraced an idea as their own they aren’t prepared to put in the long hours and sacrifice it takes. What is a natural overflow for you is grueling, resentment producing work for them. You have to slow down to bring them with you, and perhaps let them shape the vision too.

Jenni Catron is the Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group.  Her passion is to equip and inspire leaders to lead from their extraordinary best!