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Buried in praise: motivating your best people

In his book Payoff, behavioral economist Dan Ariely recounts an experiment designed to measure motivation. Participants were asked to perform a meaningless task, circling pairs of matched letters on randomly generated sheets of paper. When they were finished, they returned their paper and were given 55 cents. Each time, they were offered a smaller amount to…

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Avoiding Church Fights by Having a Clear Vision

Last week, Jason shared some practical ways to inspire individuals in your organization whose vision has strayed from what it originally started as. This week, Todd will discuss vision again, however this is more specifically relevant to churches.   We are frequently approached by churches to help iron out conflicts and priorities in their programming…

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3 Key Indicators of Organizational Health in Your Ministry

When you think of a growing ministry in your community, you would probably assume it’s a healthy place to work, right? Most people I talk with assume that back stabbing, silos, and typical office problems don’t really happen at most non-profits. In reality, these issues pop up anywhere you find people working together, and ministries…

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Going Alone: 3 Problems You Face When You Won’t Partner

Growing up, we are constantly taught the importance of sharing and playing nice with our friends. “Play nice!” and “Please share!” are common things to tell kids. But, much like eating vegetables, adults don’t always do what they make the kids do. When I work with different organizations, I find myself saying the same things.…

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3 Ways to Know Your Community

Over my years of ministry work, I’ve been placed into brand new communities three different times and asked to help start a church or ministry. I don’t know where the local grocery store is located or what mascot is on their high school football team’s uniforms, but part of my job is to connect with…

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Motivation: Why Can’t I Reach More People?

One of the most critical parts we find in helping ministries and non profits is to get into the unique mindset of each organization. Many facets are unique to the organization, but a few issues run consistently through most organizations we’ve worked with. One theme that I’ve noticed is something that I call “Assumed Intrinsic…

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Working with a Designer Part I

I’ve been working as a designer for a little over 15 years now, and while each project is unique in some ways, there are themes that run through almost everything that I work on. Client interaction is one of the biggest factors in determining the success of a project. Most clients want a good return…

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