Ron Edmondson

How to Have The Best Thanksgiving Ever

Ron Edmondson

Want a guaranteed better Thanksgiving? Perhaps even the best Thanksgiving ever? I actually believe Thanksgiving may be one of the most “Christian” holidays we can celebrate. As followers of Christ, we are to give thanks always – and in every situation.

25 Experience Produced Leadership Nuggets

Ron Edmondson

Here are 25 leadership nuggets I’ve learned over the years – many of them the hard way: If you know the answer is no, say it now. Don’t give people false hopes for a yes or maybe that isn’t coming. The more a leader says “I”, the less the team will feels like a “we”.


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7 Life-Giving Statements Everyone Needs to Hear

Ron Edmondson

Some words everyone needs to hear. Words are powerful. As leaders, the words we use make a huge difference in the organizations we lead. In my post about life-giving statements Jesus made , I shared some things Jesus said, which can encourage us today.

Simple Tweak to Enjoy Leadership (and Life) More

Ron Edmondson

I can offer one simple tweak to enjoy leadership – and life – more. Are you stressing so much about things that are happening — or not happening — that you can’t enjoy the good things already in your life? Do you continually compare yourself to others?

Employee Open Enrollment Letter Template

When it comes to benefits, communication is critical. To help you easily explain your offerings at open enrollment, Paycor created an open enrollment sample letter (and a few tips). Download this free Employee Open Enrollment Letter Template today.

10 Tips to Grieve in a Healthy Way

Ron Edmondson

As a pastor, I’m am consistently called upon to help people learn how to grieve in a healthy way. I’ll be candid, it is not one of my favorite roles, because it always stemmed from the reasons why they need to grieve. It means someone is hurt. Grieving indicates brokenness.

Encouragement to Pastors During Pastor Appreciation Month

Ron Edmondson

I came into ministry later in life after over 25 years in the business world. I’ve now almost been in ministry as long as I was in business. not quite, but close) Maybe this explains some of why I was surprised when I entered the ministry at how hard churches can be on a pastor.

RELP – Episode 63 – Realities Every Leader Needs to Know

Ron Edmondson

In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast Ron and Chandler Vannoy share 10 realities every leader needs to know. This is geared for younger leaders, but it really applies to all leaders. You only know what you know and you need to know these ten realities.

4 Tips to Balance the Highs and Lows of Ministry

Ron Edmondson

In over 20 years in vocational ministry, I have learned the job can be an emotional roller coaster at times. We have to learn to balance the highs and lows of ministry in order to succeed long-term. You can have the best Sunday but then the critics seem to find you on Monday morning.

7 Critical Steps Prior to Initiating 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. There are some critical steps that should be realized prior to initiating major change. Some change occurs without us doing anything.

7 Suggestions to Lead Change When You Aren’t Sure What Changes Are Needed

Ron Edmondson

Have you ever had to lead change when you aren’t sure what changes are even needed? Or have you had to lead change when there wasn’t clear agreement on where the organization needs to go? Perhaps when some players on the team were uncommitted or complacent?

10 Ways to Keep Your Hourly Employees

Getting and keeping hourly workers is no longer as simple as offering them more cash. Employees have options. But this guide from Paycor will help you put your best foot forward to recruit, retain, and develop hourly workers so you can remain competitive.

7 Disciplines Needed for Effective Spiritual Leader

Ron Edmondson

For a spiritual leader to lead well in my opinion, there are some natural disciplines they need in their life. All leaders should lead well, but when one claims to be a follower of Christ their leadership reflects on his or her walk with Christ.

Sometimes Excellence Comes With Quirks

Ron Edmondson

I’ve learned over the years that if you want to have excellence on your team it will often come with quirks. I heard of a very well known band who demanded Skittles and M&M’s in their dressing room prior to the show. But there was always one color, which had to be removed.

What to Do When You’ve Been Fired from the Pastorate

Ron Edmondson

What do you do when you’ve been fired from the pastorate? I’m at that point in my ministry where I feel like I’d rather cut grass for a living than serve Christ as a preacher of His gospel. That’s just not healthy. But that’s where I am.

10 Ways We Create an Unhealthy Culture

Ron Edmondson

No leader sets out to create an unhealthy culture, but I know some keys to creating one. There are things which injure the health of any team. I am not sure we do them with ill intentions. Sometimes we simply are doing what we know to do or what has been modeled for us by other leaders.

7 Wise Leadership Characteristics

Ron Edmondson

As I write this I’m preparing to meet with someone with much more experience in leadership than me. If I had one word to describe him it would be wise. Wisdom is critical to the field of good leadership. Being wise in leadership comes with time and experience.

7 Ways To Avoid Today's HR Compliance Risks

With remote work on the rise, salary history bans in effect, and Fair Workweek laws passed, HR compliance has become more challenging. Discover the 7 most prominent HR compliance hurdles of today, and learn how to avoid them detailed in Paycor’s recent guide!

7 Examples of Lazy Leadership

Ron Edmondson

Possibly nothing frustrates me more than lazy leadership. Especially if the lazy leader is me. Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction. Proverbs 18:9. Laziness is a sin. It’s also annoying and ineffective in leadership.

7 Misunderstandings Younger Generations Have about Older Generations

Ron Edmondson

I can now consider myself part of an older generation. I’m not “old” yet – at least in my opinion, but I’m older. Old enough to know there are some misunderstandings younger generations have about older generations.

7 Habits of a Successful Leader

Ron Edmondson

A successful leader has likely developed certain habits which keep them leading well. I’m a student of leadership. I am consistently talking to and learning from successful leaders — regardless of their vocational field. If they have honorable intentions I can learn from them.

3 Questions to Discern What I Announce on Sunday

Ron Edmondson

I frequently have pastors ask how I choose what I personally announce on Sunday. I am not the primary communicator of announcements. Some pastors might be. Yet, there are some things I NEED to announce. So, through the years I’ve developed a framework to help me discern.

The HR Playbook: How to Decrease Costs & Increase Engagement

Learn how to reduce costs while simultaneously increasing employee morale.

5 Principles of Leadership from the Life of David

Ron Edmondson

I’ve learned a lot about leadership from the life of David. . The best book from which to find leadership principles is the Bible. I love learning from leaders like Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Jacob, and Nehemiah. Of course, the greatest leader of the Bible – and life – is Jesus.

7 Most Impressive Traits of a Team Member

Ron Edmondson

I have observed some of the most impressive traits of a team member. I’ve served on and led dozens of teams throughout my career. These teams have been in the workplace and as a volunteer. Frankly, from my experience, only a few of those teams I would say were really highly effective.

7 Healthy Ways to Correct a Team Member

Ron Edmondson

All of us make mistakes and occasionally need someone to help us become better at what we do. This should always be the end goal of correction. And there are healthy ways to correct. Avoiding the corrective procedure keeps the organization from being all it can be.

7 Encouragements for Sending a Child to College

Ron Edmondson

In August of every year, I see the posts and get the emails. Parents are dropping off their kids at college – and, it’s hard. Sending a child to college is not easy.

HR in 2023: Survey Insights and Predictions

Nearly 6,000 people weighed in on the future of HR. Here’s what they said….

7 Qualities of an Easy to Follow Leader

Ron Edmondson

Are you an easy to follow leader? I might ask – are you followable? Followable may not be a Scrabble approved word – or even a word, but the application and the intent of the word is huge.

RELP – Episode 58 – Good Reasons for a Leader to Say No

Ron Edmondson

In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast Ron and Chandler Vannoy discuss some good reasons for a leader to say no. Most leaders struggle at some point with overcommitment. We take on more than we can or should do and it impacts the quality of our leadership and personal life.

RELP – Episode 63 – Things Healthy Teams Never Allow

Ron Edmondson

In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast Ron and Chandler Vannoy share some things healthy teams never allow. Healthy teams are dogmatic about certain things. Some of those are what they will NOT allow. In this episode, things healthy teams never allow.

4 Ways Passive Aggression Forms

Ron Edmondson

How does passive aggression form on a team or in a church? Passive aggression in my context is when people are upset or aggravated about an issue but those in leadership positions with authority to do anything about it are the last to hear there is a concern or problem.

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

10 Bad Boss Types We All Know

Ron Edmondson

Most people at some point in their career will experience a “bad boss”. I started working nearly full-time at the age of 12. I would ride my bike to a grocery store every afternoon after school. It was a necessity in our home if I wanted the cool clothes and eventually the cool car. (I

7 Occasions I Submit to People I Lead

Ron Edmondson

I’m a leader. Yet, many times I submit to people I lead. We need good leadership. I might even say without leadership – in a big picture perspective – nothing of great value ever happens. I spend a bulk of this blog trying to speak into the practice of good leadership.

10 Ways Leaders Can Add Value to People

Ron Edmondson

If you are going to lead – wouldn’t you want to lead in a way which creates value in the lives of others and the organizations you lead? I think this would be true for all of us. Truth is that leaders have the power to add value to people in incredible ways.

7 Lies We Believe As Pastors

Ron Edmondson

There are some lies we often believe as pastors. I have a heart for pastors. Maybe it stems from the fact I spent more years as a layperson – deacon, committee member, Bible teacher – than I have as a pastor. I realize how much I didn’t understand about the position.

The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.

7 Suggested Reactions to Difficult People In the Church

Ron Edmondson

If you are in church ministry you have no doubt had difficult people you had to deal with in your church. If you are not active in the local church (which is a small part of my blog readership), please allow me to apologize in advance for this post.

An Important Leadership Development Principle

Ron Edmondson

There is an important leadership development principle I try to help teams I lead understand. It can be a hard lesson, but it is critical for continual growth as a person. Part of my job as a leader is helping people I lead get better at what they do. That can only happen if I’m continually improving myself. Continual improvement, though, often involves letting others know about areas I see where they can improve.

RELP – Episode 56 – Creating Unity in the Church

Ron Edmondson

In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast Ron and Chandler Vannoy discuss how to create unity in the church. You simply can’t lead a disunited church. If a church is going to do all God calls it to do, there must be unity in the church.

If I Could Only Share One Leadership Principle

Ron Edmondson

What is one leadership principle every leader must know? I once received an email: Ron, a question for you. If you had to pass one and only one leadership principle to others leaders, what would that one principle be and why that one?

How to Write OKRs: 45 Effective Examples

Many companies are embracing objectives and key results (OKRs) as the best practice for committing to goals and following through. Objectives are outcomes that reflect current company priorities. Each employee should write OKRs that roll up to larger company goals.