Workshops

I offer a series of workshops covering all the most important leadership practices, from a biblical perspective. Most are 3 – 4 hours in length. I use the guided discovery method, with a blend of teaching, some video, and small group breakout discussions and exercises. Just a half day can accelerate the development of your leadership team or elder's board.

Workshop Topics:

Leading and Following: The Dance (3 1/2 hours)

Our most memorable triumphs and disappointments usually come down to how leaders and followers are relating. These relationships determine how well teams move through change and how they perform on a daily basis. The Bible offers us a design for both leading and following well. Discover why the fascination with buy-in is causing far more problems than it is solving and the timeless biblical alternative that enables powerful change management and high performance. Take a close look at accountability and at the leader as follower during this powerful half day. We'll also look at the leader's role in shaping values and ensuring fairness. You will discover that all leading and following can be grouped into 5 biblical conditions. This is the one I would like to see everyone experience. It's ideal for mixed staff and leadership groups and is a favourite for retreat settings.

Building Culture (3 1/2 hours)

Culture is a powerful force – the foundation of job satisfaction and performance. Most leaders are unwittingly victims of it, the best are builders of culture. All great leaders understand and accept their roles in shaping it. Nehemiah understood this reality. While he undertook rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, his most important work was reshaping a culture that had lost its way. My business experience reinforced the reality that culture drives performance. So how is your organizational culture doing today? During this workshop you'll discover how to assess and purposefully shape a culture that honours God as it brings out the best in everyone.

Feedback that Builds Strong Teams (3 1/2 hours)

Great teams don't just happen, they are created one person one situation at a time. This is why all great leaders have great feedback habits. The Apostle Paul was a master with feedback as he went about building up the emerging church. During this workshop, you'll discover 7 purposes feedback serves, including unveiling characteristic behaviour. You'll receive a three step pattern for delivering effective feedback and we'll unpack the characteristics that make for the best team building feedback. I include a couple of movie clips in this one that are always fun and instructive. You'll leave equipped with the understanding of feedback every leader needs to build an ever improving team.

Performance Management and Difficult Conversations (3 1/2 hours)

Poor performers, in all their varieties often present the tests of conscience that cause leaders to avoid many of the most important encounters. There are many biblical illustrations that guide us in our approach to confronting poor performance with skill and grace. During this workshop we'll look at how best to respond to both great and disappointing performance. We'll examine a biblical process for performance management but more important, we'll look at the big forces of pain and confrontation. You'll also receive a practical approach to holding difficult conversations with confidence.

Communication that Engages and Informs (3 1/2 hours)

Words are powerful, they have the power to build up or tear down. Great leaders know when and how to use them well. During this workshop I'll share the many purposes communication serves both corporately and individually as well as a formula for great staff meetings, one that served me very well over several newspaper assignments. You'll discover what makes for great communication and how to avoid all the most common mistakes.

The 7 Most Important Leadership Choices (2 1/2 hours)

Leadership is all about choice, and leadership choices are powerful. Jesus tells us that we cannot serve both God and money – this represents the first of seven choices we consider. Also on our list is the choice between confrontation and avoidance – a key choice for every leader and one that often determines whether the team stagnates or grows. In the choice between sincerity and hypocrisy, we consider the power of the leader's example. This is a great overarching workshop ideally suited to retreat settings and speaking engagements.

Power as a Creative Force (3 hours)

Power gets a bad rap these days but the reality is that it is an essential leadership tool. The Bible has a lot to say about the way we are to use it. During this workshop we explore the way the most effective leaders use power to build up the organization and its members. We look at authority and influence as two different and essential expressions of power. We also look at power expressed as control, considering when control is and is not appropriate, as well as how, why and went to delegate.