10 Budgeting Mistakes • Inspiring Impatience? • Managing Toxic People: Management Roundup
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10 Budgeting Mistakes • Inspiring Impatience? • Managing Toxic People: Management Roundup

1. 10 common church budget mistakes. "Does your church make any of these 10 common budget mistakes?

  • Not allowing for enough time to prepare the budget.
  • Not knowing in advance the expected results of spending money.
  • Not proving the need to spend more money.
  • Not providing enough money to do the job right.
  • Not being specific enough about how money will be spent.
  • Not properly reviewing budget requests.
  • Not purchasing quality and reliable equipment.
  • Not properly forecasting funds available to spend.
  • Not having realistic expectations.
  • Not establishing criteria for the appropriate use of church funds"

("A Meeting at 'St. Chaos Church,'" by Richard Vargo, Essential Guide to Church Budgeting).

2. Praying for your congregation. "It's a good thing to bring our needs to God and to pray specifically, but there is a much bigger need to be so aware of how great and powerful he is that we can trust him with the most awful things that happen to us. What that meant was that I needed to spend a lot more time dwelling on who he is and a lot less time explaining to him what he needed to do" ("How to Pray for Your Congregation," by JoHannah Reardon, GiftedForLeadership.com).

3. Inspire with … impatience? "Impatience only works when combined with other important characteristics (e.g., trust, humility, relationships). Understand the consequences of the pressure. Are you driving the team to extreme hours, or sloppy short-cuts? Roll up your sleeves and serve. Other tips:

  • Don't be a jerk.
  • Be patient when needed. Use impatience sparingly on what matters most.
  • Explain why. Urgency without explanation frustrates.
  • Go slow to go fast. Take the time up front to think things through"

("Impatience as a Leadership Virtue," by Karin Hurt, amanet.org).

4. Don't sugarcoat bad news. "The way you deliver bad news greatly affects whether employees will accept it. You have to be direct and avoid mixed messages. Watch your body language to make sure that your nonverbal cues aren't implying something different from what you're saying. … It helps to rehearse what you're going to say with a friend who can give you feedback on how you appear. And while you want to be thoughtful and caring, don't sugarcoat the news. This makes it more difficult for people to digest the information. Instead, focus on the decision and explain clearly why it's happening" ("How to Deliver Bad News to Your Employees," by Amy Gallo, hbr.org).

5. Don't let negative people bring you down. "There are habits you can develop to improve your mental toughness. Here is one tip:

Neutralize toxic people. Mentally tough people control their interactions with toxic people by keeping their feelings in check. When they need to confront a toxic person, they approach the situation rationally. They identify their emotions and don't allow anger or frustration to fuel the chaos. They also consider the difficult person's standpoint and are able to find common ground and solutions to problems. Even when things completely derail, mentally tough people are able to take the toxic person with a grain of salt to avoid letting him or her bring them down"

("Critical Habits of Mentally Tough People," by Dr. Travis Bradberry, LinkedIn Pulse).

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