All posts by Brian Howard

My focus is to help YOU move forward one step at a time. I write about church excellence, personal productivity, and family leadership. I coach leaders, start churches, and help organizations break growth barriers. My goal is to draw on this experience to help YOU move forward in life, leadership, and productivity.

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A Better Plan for Team Communication

Good Team Communication is essential for a healthy team. Many of us rely daily on email to communicate with team members. The problem with using email for team communication is that we rely on email for so many things that

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How to Make Better Team Decisions

Team Decisions are often better decisions than individual decisions. Building and leading a cohesive leadership team is an essential part of leading a healthy organization. Depending on context this may be a board, a staff team, an executive team, or

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Five Gifts to Give Your Kids for Christmas

Trying to figure out what to get your kids for Christmas? Several years ago we implemented a plan that we love and have successfully used in giving Christmas gifts to our kids. This system has helped make giving gifts meaningful

Great Leaders Absorb – Weak Leaders Defend

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Recently I heard Andy Stanley say,

Great leaders absorb. Mediocre leaders defend.

Learning this simple leadership principle will yield stunning results for any leader that commits to it. Absorbing criticism without being defensive seldom comes naturally for a leader. But learning to absorb rather than to defend is one of the marks of mature leadership. A mature leader listens and reflects. A novice leader argues and defends.

Why Absorb Rather than Defend?

1. There May Be Some Level of Truth in Criticism

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Three Musts for Successful Small Groups

Three Musts for Small Groups

Church Small Groups are notoriously difficult to do well. Small groups have various names – growth groups, city groups, d-groups, missional communities, gospel communities, etc. As church leaders, we continuously work to get people connected to small groups, train leaders well, and create successful small group environments. But church small groups are often mediocre at best. One of the primary reasons that church small groups do not thrive is our failure to put in place well trained and cared for leadership. Successful church small groups will not happen with mediocre leadership. Here are three components for effectiveness small group leadership:

1. Basic Training

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