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?

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

 

 

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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.


 

 

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.

 

 


Women in Leadership Thrive Together

I’m excited to share some big news with you!

One of my dear friends, Alli Worthington, is collaborating with me for our upcoming Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive with two days of coaching mastermind sessions.

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 at the historic and scenic Syme-Gilbert House in Neenah, WI. (You will love it!)

Alli has co-founded multiple companies and has helped individuals, small business owners, and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Some of the companies she has helped include Procter & Gamble, Disney, Intel, and Propel Women.

Her no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, life, and balance led to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. She has written for Huffington Post, Fox News, Redbook and more.

Alli, her husband, Mark, and their five sons live outside of Nashville, TN with the only golden retriever who refuses to retrieve.

We’re committed to helping leaders be thriving and healthy and dedicated to equipping you with the foresight for success!

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.

 

 


JCLP Featuring Dr. Randy Ross

 

 

Dr. Randy Ross is founder and CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer) of Remarkable! A master of cultural transformation, Dr. Ross has a unique understanding of employee engagement and offers practical solutions for increasing both team morale and performance.

He shared ideas and concepts from his brand new book: Relationomics: Business Powered by Relationships

One of my favorite things Dr. Ross shared is that “thriving organizations are powered by people”. 

Highlights from our conversation:

  • People craft the culture
  • 4 Principles to cultivate healthy relationships – Intentionality, Humility, Accountability, Sustainability
  • 4 Steps of growth – Know yourself, Choose yourself, Create yourself, Give yourself
  • Tension is healthy, resistance isn’t
  • The way we work is a form of worship

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

Connect with Dr. Ross:

Get the book!

Check out his website

 

4 Tips for Using the Enneagram as an Effective Team Development Tool

4 Tips for Using the Enneagram as an Effective Team Development Tool

By: Jenni Catron

 

About 10 years ago my counselor introduced me to the Enneagram. It was one of the many tools that she used to help in discovering my motivations and convictions. We wrestled for months to accurately type me. Was I a “One” or a “Three”… maybe even a “Five”. She wasn’t in a hurry to determine my type although I was. To her, the process was a sacred discovery that would ultimately help us identify what some Enneagram scholars call the “automatic” self – the way I have learned to show up in the world to succeed.

 

Ultimately our discussions led us to conclude that my automatic self is a Type 3. Early on in life I learned to succeed by achieving. I internalized the belief that I was most valued when I performed well, whatever the role called for – teacher’s pet, straight “A” student, top of my class, star role in the musical, obedient child. Funny enough my nickname growing up was “Winners” although no one can remember exactly when or how that name was given.

 

Little about this process was humorous or entertaining. It was raw and many times painful but it was also incredibly beautiful. The Enneagram has been a tool of immense personal growth. It has stretched me and it has given me a framework for continued growth.

 

For the last decade, I have actively continued to study this tool both for my personal development but also for helping to serve the leaders I work with.

 

For many years when I would introduce the Enneagram, I would get strange looks and tentative questions “Ennea – what?” I’m pretty sure a few people thought I was drifting into some new age spirituality.

 

And so I have been mostly delighted with the rise of the Enneagram’s popularity. I’m thrilled that more people are aware of this tool and actively seeking to grow in their self-awareness.

 

As with any tool, knowing how to use the tool is important for it to be effective. A tool misused can be dangerous.

 

With a passion to help leaders use the tool well, I want to give you some thoughts on how to use the Enneagram effectively for you and your team.

  • Resist the desire to type someone. Sure, it’s kind of fun to try to peg someone based upon what you experience in their personality. But what we see on the surface is not always an indicator of underlying motivation. For example, I have perfectionist tendencies that can often be mistyped as a Type 1. With a closer look, you’ll discover that my pursuit of perfection is directly related to whom I’m trying to please. As a Type 3 I may shift my behavior according to whose approval I’m seeking. If you type someone too early, you may confuse them and yourselves and short circuit their discovery. When you allow someone to arrive at an understanding of their type, I promise you will learn much more about them.

 

  • Remember that the Enneagram is not designed to pigeon-hole someone into a type. While we all have a type that reflects our automatic self and this type will not change, the Enneagram is designed to help us become more integrated. Our automatic type will learn to be more fluid and balanced. As we grow and move to the healthiest version of our type, we will not be as extreme in our type or reflect the negative attributes of our type as strongly. I often hear individuals use their type as an excuse for behavior or I see team members box someone in with phrases like, “as an 8 you always have to be in charge” or “she’s a 4 that’s why she’s so moody”. We must resist the urge to limit people’s potential by seeing them as the stereotype of their number.

 

  • Use the Enneagram to spark understanding of one another. We naturally view the world through our own lens and as a result have difficulty understanding the motivations and behaviors of others. Healthy processing of the Enneagram equips your team to have a greater understanding of one another because you learn the automatic responses and motivations of each type. Using the Enneagram as a tool for learning more about one another can open up curiosity and lead to greater compassion for your team members.

 

  • As a leader, use the Enneagram to know how to coach and develop your team. You will build trust and influence with your team as you seek to understand them. Knowing your teams’ core motivations and fears give you powerful insight to know how to coach them, encourage them and provide feedback. For example, when you’re working with a Type 2 you can be sensitive to the fact that their desire to help everyone often leads them to overcommit and often feel taken advantage of. With this knowledge, you can be on the lookout for when they are overextending themselves and help coach them to be more clear with their boundaries. You can also keep an eye out for other staff who may take advantage of their tendency to rescue others.

 

Helping your staff be both self-aware and others-aware is a tremendous way to build trust and develop healthy teams. The Enneagram is just one of many tools that can be a powerful resource in creating healthy and thriving organizational culture.

 

What tools have been helpful for the health and development of your team?

How to Finish Well in 2018

How to Finish Well in 2018

By: Jenni Catron

 

These last few days of the year are a treasure to me. The busyness of Christmas is behind me and the opportunities of a new year are still ahead.  I want to bottle up these days and savor them. They are hopeful. Reflective. Unhurried.

It hasn’t always been this way. In years past we were on epic road trips trying to visit every possible family member across four states in ten days. From Christmas to January 1st was a blur and I found myself facing a new year with no perspective and no energy.

In my coaching calls this month, I discovered that for many leaders peace is the last word they would use to describe the Christmas season. Many looked at me with tears bubbling up in the corner of their eyes when I asked them if they had scheduled time to pause and reflect before they went racing into the New Year. Time to reflect? That sounds like a ridiculous question for most of you juggling the expectations of extended family and travel madness.

After years of frantically racing through December, I have become more intentional with seizing these last few days of the year. I adjust the pace.  I resist a schedule (which is a complete act of discipline for this Enneagram 3). And I engage a process of reflection that has become an anchor for perspective in the coming year. 

I wanted to share with you my process in hopes that it might inspire you to carve out some time these next few days to dream, pray and plan for 2019.

  • Relax/Refresh

Catch your breath. Drop your shoulders. Do something that allows you to change gears from the overdrive you’ve been in all month. For me that is often a long walk or hike. For some of you it might be some time at the spa. For some it’s playing games with your family. Consider what relaxes you and helps you feel refreshed and purposefully spend time doing these things.

  • Reflect

To plan for where you want to go you must reflect on where you’ve been. Perspective is essential to your success. Here are some questions I use to help me reflect on each key area of my life (spiritual, relational, personal, vocational):

– What were my favorite moments/memories?

– Where did I grow?

– What changes can I make?

– What does it look like to be intentional in the year ahead?

  • Recommit/Reorient

I intentionally use the word “recommit” or “reorient” because as I begin to plan for the upcoming year I’m rarely setting new goals that I’ve never considered before. Rather, I’m recommitting myself to my values and my passions. Tactically the goals may be new or they may be the next iteration of living out my purpose. But what I really need to do is to reorient myself with the gifts, passions and purpose that I feel God has called me to and is equipping me for. 

With this reorientation or recommitment to my sense of calling, I then set one to three big goals in each of the four key areas of life: spiritual, relational, personal and vocational.

I’m praying that 2019 is an extraordinary year for you! I hope that you’ll find time to reflect and relax, that you’ll adequately reflect and that you’ll passionately recommit to the work God has called you to do.  As one of my favorite passages of scripture says, “Do the creative best you can with your own life!” – Galatians 6:5 MSG