Galilee Coaching »

Ten mistakes that leaders make


As I prepare to get my church to polish the rough edges of a strategy we have come up with, and to share in the leadership of its delivery, I was intrigued to come across an article called “Ten mistakes that leaders make.” We like learning from other people’s mistakes, hoping our own are not found out! Here is my summary of the ten, complete with antidotes:

1. Stopping when you have got the vision. The meat of devising a strategy is to carry it through, to create the organisation and culture to deliver it.

2. Believing change will happen. Change needs pushing through and people going through change Read More...



The history of “character” can be traced to an Ancient Greek word “charaktêr” referring to a distinctive mark engraved or pressed on a coin that defines what it is. Our modern “character” is similarly engraved on our being, defining to a large extent how we come across to the world around us. There is a famous quote that may or may not belong to the founder of the Jesuits: “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” Or in other words those first seven years of life are the defining years of our fairly permanent character traits.

But what is character? According to John Maxwell

Wing it


A definition: “wing it” means to do the best that you can in a situation that you are not prepared for. My hairiest was turning up to take a church service with someone else preaching only to find the other person thought I was to preach. I did pretty well and managed to create a coherent talk about the subject for which I had not prepared. However, on reflection, I realise I had prepared very well by all the study I had done and the many other sermons I had delivered.

Earlier this week I saw a fantastic example of the power of preparation. It was a role play delivered in just five minutes at a BNI networking breakfast meeting. Read More...