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12 Things Anyone Can Do to Lead Others Better


3. Take steps to learn how to get more done.

If you have not read my book Beat The Clock, you should. In fact, you should buy one for every person on your leadership team.

Here are five of the secrets I practice daily…

1. Buy the right tools. I just bought a ZAGG/mate keyboard for my iPad. It’s amazing. There are several tools I use including my iPhone, iPad, and laptop.
2. Plan events that you need to do, and also plan the steps for those events. I make appointments for everything that’s important by my priorities.
3. Break it down in to-dos. Speaking of priorities, do you know yours? Are they up-to-date? Remember, if the Lord leads us in steps, we have to learn to think in steps in all we do.
4. Evaluate. Look at how you spend your time. Most people spend more time planning how they want to spend their time, than evaluating how you really spent it. It’s up to you to identify time-wasters. Once you identify them, it’s then up to you to do something about them.
5. Delegate (use the time of others). You only have 24 hours to work with, so after you’ve done these four other steps, teach them to others, and use some of their time, as well!

4. Communicate well.

Return calls quickly or have someone do it for you. Check emails regularly (set a time to check and return emails). Never do business in the hall (follow-up all conversations with an email or
memo). Take advantage of Web sites, brochures, and e-newsletters. Carry business cards and use them. There is a reason cards are still around.

Make policies and procedures that are simple, clear, and easy to follow. I try to answer the questions, “What do you want me to do? How do you want me to do it?” for all I lead. Things naturally get complex; you have to intentionally work on staying simple! Last but not least, be accessible, reachable, and touchable. This one key has worked for me time and time again.

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Jim Wideman is an internationally recognized voice in children’s and family ministry. He is a much sought after speaker, teacher, author, personal leadership coach, and ministry consultant who has over 30 years experience in helping churches thrive. Jim created the Children’s Ministers Leadership Club in 1995 that is known today as "theClub" which has touched thousands of ministry leaders each month. Jim believes his marching orders are to spend the rest of his life taking what he has learn about leadership and ministry and pour it into the next generation of children’s, youth, and family ministry leaders.