Limitations Add Value to Your Leadership

3 Good Reasons to Heed Limits!  


Recently I was pursuing an opportunity that I was excited to check out. Not only was it something that I would enjoy, but it would enable me to be closer to my family and be helpful to the future of The 4Sight Group. I started out cautiously optimist, and with each step, it seemed that this opportunity was going to become a reality until a major roadblock unexpectedly emerged. This idea I was pursuing was suddenly dead. Done. Over.

I found myself limited by a circumstance beyond my control, resulting, I should mention, in a full-out tantrum. I was extremely frustrated!

I’m not too fond of limits–I hate them. I pride myself in being someone who gets things done. Someone who can overcome any obstacle and make miracles happen. (Think Olivia Pope minus the Scandal!)


Are Limitation Part of Our Leadership Journey?


Possibilities energize me. Ideas inspire me. To a degree, this comes with the territory of a leader.

  • Leaders inspire with hope.
  • We see possibility.
  • We keep people tethered to the vision.
  • We’re the bridge between reality and possibility.
  • We chart the way forward.

That’s why limits are so difficult for leaders to accept. We’re conditioned to see beyond boundaries and limitations.

However, I do believe that limits have a purpose, and a wise leader will pay attention to the limiting factors he or she faces.


3 Good Reasons to Heed Limits


1. Not all possibilities are good; not all ideas are sound.

Caught up in the thrill of momentum, we can begin to believe that every idea will work and that no possibility is terrible. We begin to think we’re invincible and we keep plowing forward as if we are.

Limits, if we pay attention to them, can help us slow down to evaluate and discern what is essential and necessary for this moment or season. Pay attention if you hear yourself or your team say, “Don’t worry, it will all work out.” There is a difference between faith and foolishness. Discernment is essential.


2. Ignoring limits hurts you and those you lead.

By the nature of our driven-ness, we are not comfortable with complacency. When we have not learned to manage our sense of urgency, we put the proverbial pedal to the metal and go all out.

When we do this, we leave disaster in our wake. Our health suffers, our relationships suffer, our teams suffer, and their families suffer. When we don’t recognize and respect limits, we negatively impact every circle of our influence.

It’s imperative to understand what drives and motivates us as leaders because when we abuse limits, we hurt others and ourselves.


3. Limits give us perspective.

When we are moving too fast, we don’t have time to observe the landscape and take note of what is around us. In a way, we have tunnel vision, and we can miss other concerns that may need consideration. When limited by time, resources, or some other unexpected roadblock – it forces us to pull out for a more comprehensive view. What are we missing? Is there another way? Do we need to slow down or go another route? Intentional limits may provide a perspective that helps us see another way forward.


Limitations Add Value to Your Leadership


As one wise mentor once said to me, “there are nine other numbers between 0 and 10” – meaning my leadership doesn’t have to be all or nothing. When we recognize limits, we become more keenly aware of the pace we need to lead. Extraordinary leaders learn and appreciate the value of limits.

I’m finding myself praying this prayer from Ruth Haley Barton’s book, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership.


God, help us live within the limits of what you have called us to do. Help us live within the limits of who we are – both as individuals and as an organization. Help us give our very best in the field that we have been given to work and to trust you to enlarge our sphere of action if and when you know we are ready. Help us know the difference between being driven by grandiose visions and responding faithfully to the expansion of your work in and through us.


Are you facing a limitation? Perhaps it’s not a limitation but an opportunity to expand your perspective or to trust that God, in His perfect timing, will unfold his unlimited plan.


Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group



** Are You New to The 4Sight Group?  **

As leaders, we’re full of ideas and initiatives. We see potential and opportunity all around. We can almost taste the outcome, but often we get bogged down by how we’ll get from here to there.

The “how” can be overwhelming and discouraging so we give up on our goals or fail to build a plan to help us actually achieve them.

These five steps will get you and your team on the path to moving from ideas to action! We’d love to have you join our community and access this free PDF!



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.



Lead From Your Extraordinary Best

Free Leadership Assessment and BONUS Leader’s Guide 

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?

If you need a little help getting started, schedule a free coaching call by clicking this LINK.


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.



The Value of Close and Healthy Connections

The Value of Close and Healthy Connections

Who’s in Your Inner Circle?


I think the book that has had the most influence on me as a leader is John C. Maxwell’s book, The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day.”

I bought this book many years ago, and I re-read it at least once a year. One of my favorite sections is the chapter called “The Law of the Inner Circle.” In this chapter, Maxwell is pointing out the importance of surrounding yourself with great people. Maxwell says:

“There are no Lone Ranger leaders. If you’re alone, you’re not leading anybody, are you? You see, every leader’s potential is determined by the people closest to him. If those people are strong, then the leader can make a huge impact. If they are weak, he can’t.”

Maxwell continues to give you a list of the types of people you should surround yourself with for continuous growth. The value of close, healthy connections is so important that I decided to share my list.


Surround Yourself with 15 Types of People


1. INTERCESSOR– Someone who prays for you. My intercessor is my PaPa, my mom’s dad. I remember back in college that PaPa would send me letters and tell me how many times he had prayed for me each day.


2. LISTENER – A person you confide in, vent to, and bounce ideas off of for feedback. I have several people that fill this role including my sister Jessica and a small close group of friends.


3. ENCOURAGER– People who inspire you with courage. My encouragers are my dad and my husband.


4. CREATOR – Creative people stretch your mind, challenge your direction, increase your vision, and multiply your gifts. My creators are my team at 4Sight and my friend Stephen Brewster.


5. DISCERNER – These are people who see what you can’t see. In my personal life by discerner is my husband and in my professional life, my discerner is my mastermind group.


6. GIVER – This is someone who loves you unconditionally. My niece and nephew are amazing in this role.


7. DEFENDER – The person who steps in when weariness keeps you from fighting back. My husband is my greatest defender.


8. IMPLEMENTER – These are people you can trust to get things done — Jessica and Marisa on the 4Sight team.


9. CELEBRATOR – A person who knows how to throw a party. Alli Worthington as an Enneagram 7 brings the party to my life.


10. RESOURCER – These people help you gather information. I don’t have one specific person for this role. Different people serve in this role depending on the need.


11. SPONSOR – Someone in your life who will believe in you and who will use his influence to help you along. I’ve had different sponsors in different seasons. Currently, friends like Carey Nieuwhof fill this role.


12. THINKER– The people who are talented at solving problems – All of The 4Sight team bring this gift.


13. NETWORKER – These people know people. My friend Lindsey Nobles is brilliant at this.


14. MENTOR – Others who are ahead of you and help you along the way. Much like sponsors, I’ve had different mentors at different times throughout my life.


15. PROTEGE– Find the right person and pour your life into theirs. Throughout the years, I’ve had the privilege of “pouring into” the lives of some amazing young leaders. I want to continue to be intentional in this.


I encourage you to take some time and create your list. Which of these roles do you fill in other people’s lives and who fills these roles in yours?

If your list comes up a little short, consider a change. Meet new people, nurture an existing relationship, or join a peer-related environment. You can find a local or virtual community group, join a mastermind group, or make time for a conference or leadership event.

Don’t be a “Lone Ranger Leader.” Surround yourself with great people and experience “The Law of the Inner Circle.”


Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group



** Are You New to The 4Sight Group?  **

As leaders, we’re full of ideas and initiatives. We see potential and opportunity all around. We can almost taste the outcome, but often we get bogged down by how we’ll get from here to there.

The “how” can be overwhelming and discouraging so we give up on our goals or fail to build a plan to help us actually achieve them.

These five steps will get you and your team on the path to moving from ideas to action! We’d love to have you join our community and access this free PDF!



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.



JCLP Featuring Dee Ann Turner

You all are gonna love this one!

Dee Ann is a 33-year veteran of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Prior to retirement in 2018, she was Vice President, Talent and Vice President, Sustainability. The company’s first female officer, she was instrumental in building and growing Chick-fil-A’s well-known culture and talent systems. During her long career, she worked closely with Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, and other key leaders as an architect of their organizational culture. Additionally, she led Talent Management, Staff Learning and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Culture and Engagement.

Today, she leads her own organization, Dee Ann Turner, LLC, writing books, speaking to over 50 audiences per year and consulting and coaching leaders globally. She is the author of the bestseller, It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture. Her latest book, Bet On Talent, will be released in September 2019.

Highlights from our conversation:

• Dee Ann’s recipe for a remarkable culture
• How she discovered that her calling was to help others find and develop their calling
• Her greatest learning from @chickfila founder Truett Cathy
• The important difference between principles and rules

This one is SOOO good! Go listen, rate, review, and share!

Listen to this episode via Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle Play, or your favorite podcast app!

Pre-order her new book: Bet on Talent

Connect with Dee Ann:




A Private Dream Needs a Public Vision

A Private Dream Needs a Public Vision

4 Things Leaders Need to Fuel Vision


As a leader, you’ve been entrusted with the stewardship of vision. Your job is to keep the dream alive. Vibrant. Inspiring. Hope-filled.

I suspect you can hear the timbre of Dr. King’s voice and feel the urgency of his plea as you read the words “I have a dream today.”

Dr. King knew that the strength of a vision rests upon the ability of the leader to communicate it.

While most of us won’t be casting visions or writing speeches that will grace the halls of history, the visions we cast to the people we lead are incredibly important to the dream we have before us.


4 Things Leaders Need to Fuel Vision


1. Courage

It takes courage to lead toward a vision. Visionaries are the dreamers who define new ideas and are the first to believe they are possible. It takes courage to stick your neck out for a new idea and keep championing it until everyone you’re leading believes in it.

2. Patience and Endurance

If courage gets you started, it’s patience and endurance that see you through to a realized vision. Hebrews 10:36 instructs, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Living in a culture that is impatient with any process, we need to remind ourselves, and those we lead, that when we follow a God-directed vision, we must also trust his timing.

3. Conviction

What is that thing that keeps you up at night and keeps the wheels of your mind turning? What is that thing you can’t stop talking about? As a leader, you must know your conviction because it ultimately defines your vision. Conviction fuels patience and endurance; it’s the mark of true vision. Conviction puts teeth on a passion.

4. Focus

Visionary leaders with focus stay committed to living out their vision. Your focus is the result of a conviction. These are the two driving forces that will keep the entire team going in the same direction.

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18


Without Vision We Flounder

Those we lead need someone and something to follow. As leaders, we provide strength for our teams when we understand the power of vision. Visionary leadership means keeping hope and possibility in front of yourself and those you lead.

Do you have a dream? Fuel it will courage, patience & endurance, conviction, and focus and see it come to life!


**This post is adapted from Chapter 7 of The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength


Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group



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! Schedule a free coaching call with Jenni. 



Leading Confidently

Leading Confidently

Overcome Fear and Insecurity in Leadership


One of the greatest monsters I wrestle with in leadership is being confident in the calling and gifting God has for me.  I battle the usual suspects of insecurity, fear, and playing the comparison game.

At a leadership event, I shared the story of Deborah and the confidence she displayed in her calling.  Deborah is one of my favorite leaders from scripture, and I’m continuing to unpack layers of her leadership that fascinate me.


Observations Found in Judges Chapters 4 & 5


  • Deborah is Judge of Israel during a time when the Canaanites cruelly oppressed Israel.
  • We know she’s married and that she holds court under a palm tree on a hill (sounds like a nice office).
  • She gets a command from God for Barak to rally 10,000 men and face the Canaanite army.
  • Barak refuses to go unless Deborah goes with him.
  • You never see Deborah waiver; she continually reminds Barak of God’s promise to deliver Sisera, the commander of the Canaanite army, into his hands.
  • Chapter 5 is their victory song.

I wish the writer of Judges had been a bit more descriptive about the behind-the-scenes relational and emotional dynamics in this story.  The writer tells us what happens and the decisions that Deborah made, but doesn’t give us a ton of insight into how she felt or what she was processing through each decision. It’s at this point that I start trying to place myself in her story.  How would I have felt?  What would I have feared?


4 Keys to Deborah’s Confidence



Deborah was a prophetess and judge of Israel at a time when it was highly unusual for a woman to serve in such positions of leadership.  It makes me think she must have had some significant influence to be appointed to these positions. Deborah must have also displayed consistency of character, love for people, sound judgment, etc. in her role as Judge.  Barak and the 10,000 leaders were willing to follow her lead because they trusted what she said was God’s command.


I can’t imagine living during Deborah’s time. Israel was weak, defenseless and far from God.  I suspect morale was low and hope was barely a flicker.  But Deborah had hope and faith in God’s vision. As a result, she summoned the strength to silence the voices of doubt and timidity, and as one author describes, “called the people to battle, leading them out of idolatry and restoring their dignity as God’s chosen ones.”


It seems it would have been easy to take the credit if we were in her shoes.  She could have told Barak, “God told us to lead the army,” but she didn’t.  She told Barak that God had called him to lead the army, and at that point, her role was probably unclear.  However, she chose to turn the power and the potential glory over to Barak.

I also love that in Judges 5:7, Deborah doesn’t refer to herself as judge, prophetess or leader.  She describes herself as “a mother in Israel.”  She didn’t need to prove to herself or remind others of her positional power.


Deborah drew her confidence from her relationship with God.  God gave her the directive for the battle with Sisera, and she didn’t lose sight of this even in the heat of it.  Judges 4:14 says “Then Deborah said to Barak, ‘Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has delivered Sisera into your hand.  Has not the Lord gone out before you?’” After the battle ended, she and Barak sang a victory song in which they repeatedly thank God.


Practical Reminders for Leading Confidently

Deborah’s story is an excellent reminder of God’s faithfulness through our obedience.  Deborah was pursuing God’s glory, not hers. As a result, her influence allowed Israel to experienced peace for 40 years.  That’s a remarkable influence!

When we pursue a life of humility, obedience, love and sound judgment it ignites unstoppable strength because our hope and faith is in God. We can lead with confidence knowing that fear and insecurity has no power over us.


Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group



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! Schedule a free coaching call with Jenni. 



Are You a Unicorn in a World of Leaders?

Are You a Unicorn in a World of Leaders?

Find Your Cohorts this Summer! 


Women in leadership can sometimes feel like a unicorn ready to journey through a mythical land to find her cohorts.

But a calling isn’t meant to be a burden. A calling is meant to be compelling. A calling is the unleashing of all of who we are for God’s great good.

You don’t have to go to a mythical land to find like-minded leaders, but you can travel to a beautiful island for our Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive on June 20-21st in Neenah, WI. But that’s just the beginning. Participants will experience six months of group coaching and community engagement.

Watch this video where we (Jenni Catron and Alli Worthington) give you a behind-the-scenes about this upcoming event at The Historic Syme-Gilbert House.

So, do you want to meet fellow unicorns? Since this group provides personal development and group interaction, participants are limited to only 20 women. Register today to secure your spot.

Click Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive for more information and to register.

Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group



March Month-at-a-Glance

If you missed one of our publications this month, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a convenient list.

03/05/19             Solving Gender Issues in Leadership

03/07/19             Women in Leadership Thrive Together

03/12/19             How to Lead Change and Build Trust

03/14/19             A Mistake Most Leaders Make

03/19/19             Minimize Leadership Stress

03/21/19             How to Regain Team Momentum (Video)

03/26/19             10 Warning Signs Leaders Should Not Ignore (Guest Post)




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! Schedule a free coaching call with Jenni. 




10 Warning Signs Leaders Should Not Ignore

10 Warning Signs Leaders Should Not Ignore

Guest Author: Alli Worthington


Imagine you had a leadership thermometer that measured your leadership health. Would you find you were cold and indifferent or overheating from burnout? Although there’s no such gadget, there are signs leaders should not ignore that could determine if it’s time to invest in yourself.


Play to Win

When you play to win in business or leadership, you need to get serious about your success. Success doesn’t come by accident; you need to find a coach or a coaching group. From the most successful professional athletes to multimillion-dollar leadership owners, people who are the most successful in their field have coaches.

Here are ten signs that will help you know if you are ready to join a coaching group.


10 Signs You’re Ready for Professional Coaching


1. You Feel Stuck

At some point in every leader’s journey, everyone will feel stuck and unable to move forward to the next level. Some people stay stuck and never reach their potential, and others push beyond the obstacle.

For those who want to succeed, that’s where leadership coaching becomes extremely valuable. The best leadership coaches will devote their time to know you well and understand your organization inside out. They will be able to help you develop the best strategy to move forward. If you don’t succeed, they don’t succeed.

An outside perspective, especially of a professional coach, is often just the help you need to get unstuck.


2. You Need an Expert Confidant

Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur or the leader of a large team, you’ll discover that you need an expert confidant to help guide you and your organization.

If you’re a business owner, you’ve probably already learned how difficult it is to move forward without a “think tank.” The key to survival is surrounding yourself with wisdom and support! A professional coach is someone with whom you can hash out all your potential problems, opportunities, and strategies.

And, if you’re an executive who is leading a team, you know that having an expert who isn’t part of your team can be so valuable. Not just because of the outside perspective they bring, but because you can’t confide every leadership concern with the people you are called to lead.

Investing in a professional coach is like having an expert or think tank at your fingertips.


3. You’re Not Sure Where to Focus Your Time and Energy

Whether you’re doing it all or leading a large team, it’s easy to feel like you’re doing the job of 10 people. There’s always some fire that needs to be put out, a deadline to meet, and choices that need a decision. Deciding where to focus your time and energy is one of the most critical aspects of running an organization.

You know you could spend your time more productively, so you need someone to help you map out a strategy that will help you maximize your time and your energy.


4. You Suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome

The struggle is real. It is so easy to get distracted by the latest software, the newest leadership course you should take to experience overnight success or the most recent slick advertising campaign.

At its core, shiny object syndrome is typically a sign that you have a million ideas and a million things to do, and you’re just looking for something that is going to make running your organization (and your life) easier.

A professional coach is going to cost you half as much as all those shiny things and is worth twice as much to you and your organization. Did you know that organizations that invest in a business/leadership coach have a return on their investment of over seven times the initial investment?

It’s always smart to invest in making your life easier. Just do it wisely.


5. You Aren’t Getting the Results You Want

Maybe you’re the world’s best planner, strategist, and decision maker. You have no trouble coming up with new ideas to make your organization successful, but you still struggle to get the results you want.

In my experience as a business coach, I have discovered that leaders who aren’t getting the results they want typically struggle from implementation. They have great ideas, but they lack real accountability to stay on track and make progress in the right things – the things that matter to grow your organization.


6. Digital Marketing Freaks You Out

Digital marketing can be one of the most significant areas where organizations and leaders waste time and money. Professional coaches will help you focus and prioritize, but they are also digital marketing experts who can help you boost your sales and profits in the digital arena.

In this area, the best professional coaches should act more like a business consultant and be able to tell you precisely what digital marketing strategy to take and how to implement it.


7. You’re Frustrated with Your Growth Rate

You’re working more and more hours, but your growth rate and your profits aren’t reflecting the work you’re putting into the organization. Growth isn’t automatic. If you are going to grow, you need a wise coach with a plan!

The best professional coaches will help you evaluate where the organization is now and find the highest potential for future growth and profits. They can guide you every step of the way.


8. You Need Someone Who Will Keep It Real

Friends, family, coworkers, and subordinates are rarely going to feel comfortable confronting you if they see you going off track. They have too much to lose to be brutally honest with you.

You need someone who cares enough and is invested enough in your organization to tell you the truth (and to be someone with an unbiased opinion). Your coach’s bias is only toward your success!


9. You Secretly Have a Lack of Confidence

Many leaders and business owners lack confidence in who they are, the direction they’re headed, and if they have the right expertise to run the organization.

The best coaches serve as a mentor, cheerleader, and drill sergeant. They’ve been through the highs and lows of business and leadership and can help guide you. They are there to remind you of your strengths, encourage you through the hard seasons, and give you a swift kick in the pants when you need it!

Because of that, you can feel confident that whatever comes up in your organization you can depend on them for wisdom and guidance.


10. You Feel Overwhelmed

When you add up all that you are doing and consider the nine signs above, it’s easy to see that you might feel overwhelmed. That’s probably the understatement of the year!

When you start to feel overwhelmed, that’s a sure sign that you need an outside perspective and experienced help to overcome the obstacles.

Research shows that 90% of small businesses fail in the first five years, and I believe it is because the founders of these organizations didn’t pay attention to the warning signs listed above. That doesn’t have to happen to you. You’re reading this because you want your leadership to grow, to be successful, to help other people, and give you the lifestyle you desire.

If three or more of these signs resonated with you, minimize leadership stress and invest in yourself and professional coaching.

Alli Worthington


Note from Jenni: Alli has been a long-time friend and one of the first people I call for leadership advice and strategic consulting. If you have a desire to develop your leadership gifts then join us for our upcoming “Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive” at the historic and scenic Syme-Gilbert House in Neenah, WI. (You will love it!)

Keep leading well!

Jenni Catron & The 4Sight Group



Alli is the author of Fierce Faith: A Woman’s Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry and Overcoming Anxiety and Breaking Busy: Finding Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy.



Minimize Leadership Stress

Minimize Leadership Stress 

3 Ways to Plan More and Worry Less


My husband frequently tells me that if there isn’t something for me to worry about, I’ll find something to worry about. I’ve been this way ever since I can remember.

I’m a worrier.

I like to blame it on my wiring… my DNA… my personality.

As a leader, I’m a planner… a strategist.   I’m supposed to “worry” about what’s ahead. The people I lead rely on me to think, plan, strategize, and organize to minimize risk. Heck, even my family and friends count on me to do this. Whether I’m coordinating a move or planning a vacation, I anticipate the needs and direct the best way to get there.


A Fine Line Between Worry and Planning

Does your leadership role trigger worry? There’s a fine line between worry and planning. Here’s a great reminder:

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

“Do not worry about tomorrow.” I can’t tell you how much this phrase rattles me. It seems that all I do is worry about tomorrow.

Worrying is what I do to cope when I feel out of control, and I don’t trust God to be faithful. Worry is frantic energy that showcases my desire to control all my circumstances and freak out when I can’t.  Worry robs me of enjoying today because I’m fixated on tomorrow.


We’re Not Wired for Worry

God didn’t design us to worry. It’s not in our wiring. Worry isn’t part of our DNA or personality.

Worry is not the same as using our God-given gifts for strategy and planning. When we plan rather than worry, we choose to partner with God because we recognize that God wants to work through us. He wants to steward the gifts, talents, experiences, and opportunities we have. He wants us to use our minds actively. He wants us to be faithful with what he’s given us.


3 Ways to Plan More and Worry Less


  1. Planning is doing what you can.

Worry is stressing about what you can’t do. Scripture often speaks of the importance of sowing seed and planning for a harvest. An example for me as a consultant is that I can help an organization build a fantastic plan, but I can’t force them to implement it.  I can influence the outcome by being faithful to equip, train and encourage, but I can’t control the outcome.


  1. Planning is working with what is.

Worry is being paranoid about the what ifs. Planning is building steps to reach the desired outcome. When I worry I’m not taking any steps, but instead I’m ruminating over a myriad of outcomes (which are usually not good).

There’s a parable in the Bible where an employer entrusts three of his workers with different amounts of money. The first two developed a plan and doubled the employer’s money. The third guy did nothing to invest the money; instead, he dug a hole in the ground and hid the money. When asked why, he said, “I was afraid.” What was he doing? He was worrying. He was afraid, so he didn’t do what he could.


  1. Planning is proactive progress.

Worry is engaging in the hamster wheel of anxious thoughts without getting anywhere productive. Even if our plans don’t turn out exactly the way we hoped, we can learn from the experience and be better prepared for the future. Worry, on the other hand, drains our energy with no positive return.


Are you currently planning or worrying? 

Ladies, if you want to accelerate your growth, I would highly recommend registering for the Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive. This is for women like you who are working in business, ministry or a non-profit high-level leadership role. You will benefit from the intensive discussion of a small, focused group learning:

  • How to cultivate confidence
  • The Key to Overcoming Anxiety
  • The Enneagram – full assessment and how it impacts your leadership
  • 360 Degree Leadership – Effective tools for leading yourself and leading others
  • Essential paradigm shifts that equip you to think differently in a rapidly changing culture
  • Strategies that will transform your work-life balance
  • How to effectively use your gifts, strengths, and influence
  • How to have hard conversations without fear
  • Create your personal development plan

Men, if you have women on your team or staff who would benefit from this event, share this information or better still, sponsor them to attend.

Remember, to minimize leadership stress, focus on what you can do, plan on what is and not the what ifs, and practice proactive progress using every experience as a learning opportunity for the future. “Each day has enough trouble of its own.” so plan well and worry less!


Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group



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! Schedule a free coaching call with Jenni. 



A Mistake Most Leaders Make

A Mistake Most Leaders Make


Do you find the pace of life and your daily leadership responsibilities astronomical? Maybe you’re moving up in your organization, and you feel the need to learn and grow to stay sharp and bring outstanding value to your team or organization. But no one owes you a development plan; it’s up to you. The mistake most leaders make is not taking the initiative to learn and grow.


I read an article that said today’s culture has access to as much information in one day as our ancestors 100 years ago had in a lifetime. No wonder we’re overwhelmed. We’ve all felt the pressure of organizational expectations knowing we need to do, learn, and grow more, but how do you implement a consistent learning rhythm?


Let me give you a few insights into what I’m doing and how I’m taking responsibility for my growth and leadership development.


1. Read Every Day


It’s difficult to make space for reading, but I read ten to sixty minutes a day. Yes, it can be challenging, but ten minutes a day adds up to five hours per month. Let your daily habit build momentum. You could knock out four to six books a year.


Try to get up ten minutes earlier, and spent that time reading. Books come in different delivery methods. You could choose a physical book, digital books, or audiobook. Find what works for you. I usually read a passage of scripture that will spiritually inspire or challenge me, and I add pages from a business or leadership book. I also read biographies on the weekend that unlock a wealth of insights from leaders that have gone before us.


2. Take Time for Courses, Conferences, and Podcasts


When I’m on the treadmill, elliptical, or running (on warmer days) I am listening to a podcast. If you’ve never listened to a podcast, it’s like a 15-30-minute radio talk show that’s available 24/7. Podcasts are a great way to get insights and information from other thought leaders.


Courses and Conferences can be inspiring and life-giving. Ask yourself, how do I need to grow this year?  Consider the environment or the conference space that would fuel your goals and personal development.


3. Find Intentional Communities for Growth


You need two-way communication for growth and learning. When you find a connection through a coaching group or intensive where you’re getting interaction and you can talk about your recent insights, successes, and struggles it will provide awareness and accountability for growth.


I want to encourage you that connection is critical, and that’s what most of us miss. I joined my first coaching cohort about a dozen years ago, and I still meet and talk with most of those women. It was a valuable learning experience for me, and it’s one of the reasons why I’ve hosted online coaching groups.


What’s Your Learning Rhythm?


You can begin your learning rhythm, today. What book will you read? Which podcast will you listen to this week? Be intentional about finding a community for growth, and if you’re planning to schedule a conference this year, let me suggest the Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive. Ali Worthington is a dear friend and a brilliant leader who is co-hosting this event in Neenah, WI. You’ll find connection and women in similar stages and seasons of leadership who can share their perspectives.


In the meantime, let me know about your learning rhythm, and share the insights you’ve discovered but more importantly how have you applied these valuable insights. Let’s learn from each other.


We have access to so much information, but learning without application is just more noise in our lives.


Keep leading well.


Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group



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! Schedule a free coaching call with Jenni. 




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