Ron Edmondson

5 Tips For Leading Strong-Willed People

Ron Edmondson

Have you ever tried to lead someone who didn’t necessarily want to be led? Here’s a reality of dealing with people. The same children that were labeled “strong-willed” by their parents often grow up to be strong-willed adults. Perhaps you know one. Perhaps you are one. (I

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The Power of a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Dear Leader, You’ve been granted authority. You have real influence. People trust you. Therefore: Your words are powerful. Choose them wisely. People look to you for direction. Take them to noble places. Your suggestions are taken seriously. Don’t make them lightly.

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A Bird Party: The Perfect Remedy for Worry or Fear

Ron Edmondson

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26). I have a history with birds!

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7 Ways We Tried To Parent with Grace

Ron Edmondson

Cheryl and I had a model for our parenting. Whenever I say that to people they hear “complicated” It wasn’t. We aren’t complicated people. Simply put, we attempted to implement grace into our home.

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7 Things Every Leader Needs to Quit Immediately

Ron Edmondson

I’ve often wished I could say something to every leader. Some things I’ve learned the hard way. I often share things leadership should do, but today I thought I’d share some things not to do. Some things to quit.

4 Reminders in Times of Betrayal

Ron Edmondson

I was talking with a pastor who had been betrayed by someone in his church. He told him a secret in confidence and soon learned the friend had shared it with another, who, of course, shared it with another – who shared it with another – and you know the rest of this story.

Common Reactions When Growth in an Organization Slows

Ron Edmondson

A young pastor was battling the leadership of the church to make changes. He felt part of his call to the church was to make changes, but every change he suggested the leadership of the church resisted. All his efforts to help the church grow again were meet with opposition.

5 Times Change is Hardest to Lead

Ron Edmondson

Change is hard – almost always. Sometimes change is harder than other times. And, it’s then where leadership is tested most, tensions mount and people are more likely to object. In my experience, if a leader knows these times it helps prepare to approach the change. Change is necessary.

7 Vital Steps Prior to Implementing Major Change

Ron Edmondson

As a pastor and leader, I am continually dealing with change. Everyday. Change is a part of life – for all of us. Some change occurs without us doing anything. In my context, we adjust our Easter calendar every year – without much thought of whether we will or not.

7 Tough, But Smart Leadership Decisions

Ron Edmondson

Leadership is tough. And the toughest part always involves people. It is interesting, however, in my experience, how often the toughest decision is the smartest decision. It’s the choice we know we need to make, but it’s the hardest one to make. Every leader I know wants to be liked.

Advice for the A-Type Leader with a Million Good Ideas

Ron Edmondson

I received an email from a great young business leader recently asking for some advice. He’s a first time leader in charge of a major department. This will be a great career position for him if he does well. He’s so excited. His small team is getting to know him and learning to trust him.

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7 Ways We Frustrate Fellow Team Members

Ron Edmondson

With every team or organization I have led there have been people who get frustrated with someone else on the team. In full disclosure, sometimes others have been frustrated with me. Frustration is common among relationships.

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A Key Change Component – Stakeholder Analysis

Ron Edmondson

The longer I lead and manage people the more I realize that the most important element in leading and managing people is actually people. Sometimes we seem to forget that principle. Leadership is about people. It’s relational.

Knowing Your Identity Helps Establish Your Influence

Ron Edmondson

Here’s a little known fact about me. I once wanted to be known as the life of the party. People who know me well might say I’m funny and quick-witted. I’m actually kind of silly at times, but people seldom see the real me. My family knows this about me. Occasionally the people I work with get to see who I really am. Except for occasional bursts of randomness, however, the rest of the world thinks I’m always serious and always thinking about something purposeful.

7 New Year Resolutions Which Could Change Your World

Ron Edmondson

Whether or not you do New Year resolutions, we could all stand to improve some things in our life. And, if we do, I’m confident we could also improve the life of others. In fact, with a whole lot of improving – it might become contagious – and we might just change the world.

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25 Leadership Nuggets

Ron Edmondson

Here are 25 nuggets of leadership I’ve learned over the years – many of them the hard way: Very few things have to be done today. When we rush too fast we make needless mistakes. The more a leader says “I”, the less the team will feel “we”.

Writing a Simple Life Plan, Part 2

Ron Edmondson

This is part of a series of posts to help you develop a life plan. I hear people talk every year about resolutions — some make them — some don’t. Some hate them — some don’t — most don’t.

Why Hospitality Is A Leader’s Secret Weapon

Ron Edmondson

You and I should be hospitable leaders. I know hospitality isn’t something you’ve commonly associated with definitions of leadership, but it’s critical to our effectiveness that we begin to do so.

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5 Hidden Fears of Many Leaders

Ron Edmondson

I’ve learned through working with dozens of pastors and leaders, if we are not careful, leadership can become a game we play rather than a mission we live. Leader try to impress another leader. All leaders, at one time or another, try to impress the people we are attempting to lead.

5 Suggestions for Experiencing More Joy at Christmas

Ron Edmondson

But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. Luke 2:10-11. As I read the Scriptures, the ability to have joy is a gift.

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7 Leadership Lessons from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Ron Edmondson

I don’t know in the last twenty years or so if I’ve missed a year watching the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” Certainly it is one of my favorites and a part of my Christmas tradition. One reason I think so many are drawn to this movie is that it is more than a feel good story. We love movies with happy endings, but this one teaches us things about life. There are tremendous lessons for all of us. I previously wrote “ 10 Life Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life”.

10 Ways to Process the Emotions of Christmas Loss

Ron Edmondson

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. As the song goes, “ it’s the most wonderful time of the year “ But, for some people, Christmas can be a miserable time.

Writing a Simple Life Plan, Part 5

Ron Edmondson

It’s day 5 of our life planning series. We’ve attempted to take it step-by-step, in a simple format, to write a plan that will help us achieve some specific goals for the new year. You can find more complicated plans, and certainly finds some, which will help you more.

7 Excuses for Not Doing What God has Called Us To Do

Ron Edmondson

There’s always an excuse if we’re looking for one. I’ve made so many excuses in my life. For years I may have sensed God was calling me into vocational ministry, but I knew I had to provide for my family.

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7 Words for Leaders Who Worry

Ron Edmondson

The title is confusing, isn’t it? It seems to assume some leaders worry and some don’t. The truth is, however, most leaders will have occasions of worry. Worry is an emotion – and, often far more powerful than principles of leadership are the emotions of leadership.

5 Step Process to Write a Simple, but Achievable Life Plan

Ron Edmondson

As we head into a new year, I want to help you think through life planning. I believe in purposeful living and that means you have to be intentional in where you spend your time. We are told in Ephesians 5:16 to “make the most of our time.”

7 False Assumptions Made About Introverts

Ron Edmondson

I am an introvert. Some people can question whether they are or not. I don’t. I’m certified in Myers Briggs, so I know the language well. I’ve studied the concept, but it didn’t require much study or an assessment for me. I know I’m in the club.

5 Ways to Effectively Change an Established Culture

Ron Edmondson

A few weeks ago I had the chance to share at the online Culture Conference, hosted by my friends at Generis and Vanderbloemen. I was asked to share my thoughts on effectively changing an establiblished culture.

7 Reasons I Need to Regularly Exercise as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

I used to be a runner. I had some knee issues and had to have a partial replacement over a years ago, which has kept me from running as I normally would. Since then, I have tried to substitute the time with other workouts.

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7 Ways to Stretch Yourself as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Those who succeed in the future workplace must be innovative. Adaptable. Able to change quickly. You knew that, right? It’s not an option these days. It’s mandatory just to keep up with the pace of change.

Start Planning Your Succession the Day You Arrive

Ron Edmondson

I was at the last church I served for six years, and I started planning my succession the week I arrived. It’s an idea I recommend to others as well! I don’t say this to promote short pastorates, or to discourage the putting down of roots.

Join Us in the Holy Lands!

Ron Edmondson

I would love you to join me in Israel later this year. This trip was planned before I accepted the CEO position at Leadership Network, so there will be some members of our last church accompanying us. You will love this group of people.

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5 Steps When You’re Overwhelmed as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

As a leader, there have been numerous times when I have been in over my head with the challenges and opportunities I was facing. God seems to call me to huge tasks. I’m there again in my new assignment. I suspect if you’re a leader, you understand. I think He does that to many people! It keeps us humble. And, dependent — on Him! Regardless of how comfortable a leader may be in his or her position…. There are times when the leader has no answers.

7 Bad Decisions Leaders Make When In Decline or Plateau

Ron Edmondson

I talk to churches every week, which are in decline or plateau. Apparently, according to some statistics, this represents about 75-80% of churches. I’m thankful to have served in churches and business in fast growth mode.

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Playing it Safe — Not My Style — And, Often Not God’s Plan

Ron Edmondson

A number of years ago, I observed a characteristic in me I hope is not permanent. After our boys moved out of the house, we moved to a downtown condo. The condo sat on a hill, overlooking the river district of our community. We loved the view, but it presented a problem on windy days. We had to weatherize our front porch every time we suspected a storm, turning over the furniture and making sure everything was secure.

7 Examples of Shallow Leadership

Ron Edmondson

Growing in our leadership abilities, including growing in the knowledge of leadership and the relational aspect of leadership, should be a goal for every leader. Sadly, in my experiencee, many leaders settle for a sort of status quo leadership rather than stretching themselves to continually improve.

25 People You Should Say Thank You To Today

Ron Edmondson

Thankfulness is a virtue we often ignore. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little world we forget to thank people who have helped us the most. Then there are people who simply need thanking to help them feel better about their own situation. Everyone likes to be appreciated.

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What To Do the Day After Christmas

Ron Edmondson

And all they that heard it wondered at those things, which were told them by the shepherds. Luke 2:18. It’s the day after Christmas. Presents are opened. Trees are coming down. Reflecting is in full force. Plans are being made for a new year.

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25 Questions for a Prospective New Pastor to Ask a Church

Ron Edmondson

I have been asked frequently for questions a prospective pastor can ask a church. There are lots of resources for churches who are interviewing their next pastor, but I personally believe the pastor needs to equally interview the church.

My Philosophy on Staff Members Serving Outside Church

Ron Edmondson

As a pastor, I had a strong conviction about staff members in regards to one way they should spend their time. I often encouraged our staff to volunteer somewhere in our community.

7 Life-Giving Statements Everyone Needs to Hear

Ron Edmondson

Words are powerful. As leaders, the words we use make a difference. A huge difference. In my post about life-giving statements Jesus made , I shared some things Jesus said, which can encourage us today. As we seek to be like Him, we have an opportunity within our influence to be people-builders; speaking life-giving words to those we are attempting to lead. For good and bad, my life has been greatly shaped by words shared with me. I once had a pastor say, “Ron, you’re a giant killer!”

Writing a Simple Life Plan, Part 4

Ron Edmondson

We’ve been writing a life plan this week. I hope you are following along and writing your own plan. I have tried to keep it simple, hoping that will improve your chances of following through to completion. If you’ve missed any of them, be sure and read. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

7 Attributes of Pastors Who Succeed at Church Revitalization

Ron Edmondson

I have had success in two church revitalization efforts as pastor. In between, I’ve been a part of two successful church plants. Even more, I’ve worked with dozens of pastors in church revitalization and church planting. Along the way, God has blessed us.