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6 Mistakes Leaders Make When Inheriting A New Team – And How To Avoid Them
Posted by Jay Mitchell on 10/17/18 7:08 AM

3 Reasons Explaining The 'Why' Can Boost Your Employee Engagement

While the benefits of establishing a mission and vision are clear, when you get into the routine of day-to-day operations, it is often easy to forget the purpose behind each task on your to-do list. Most churches establish a mission and vision from the beginning to communicate the purpose behind everything they set out to do. What if church leaders applied that same mentality to each project and task presented to their staff and team members?

Here are three ways clear communication on the purpose behind new projects and assignments can motivate your staff members and boost their productivity.

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Posted by Chelsea Tyson on 10/15/18 7:06 AM

Need Help In These 4 Areas? It May Be Time To Invest In HR

Unless you are like me, human resources is probably not something that excites you. It may not even be something you give much thought to, but it's a critical part of any well-functioning organization. Ideally, an HR professional acts as a liaison between an employer and the employees, advocating for both the best interest of the company and the employee.

Because of this unique combination, HR should be a vital part of any organization. In the early stages of an organization, having someone on your staff whose sole job is HR does not usually make much sense. However, as you grow, the need for an HR professional becomes greater. It may be difficult to decide when the right time is to create that position. A good time to start looking into creating an HR role is when you begin to realize your organization needs help in the following four areas:

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Posted by Bailley Hawkins on 10/10/18 7:03 AM

Why You Can't Keep Great Staff Right Now – And What To Do For The Future

At Vanderbloemen, our week is often filled with stories about staff turnover within churches. Whether it’s an Executive Pastor talking about losing a ministry leader or a search committee member talking through the difficulties of getting a lead pastor search started, turnover happens. Many times, turnover is unavoidable. God calls each of us to one place at a time, which often means He will call us elsewhere eventually.

However, there is certain turnover that is avoidable, and we've found a few reoccurring themes. Many times these themes go unnoticed until a church has someone from the outside look into the problem. 

Here are the two biggest reasons why great staff may leave a church – and how to address these problems before it's too late.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/8/18 7:04 AM

9 Changes That Will Make A Big Difference In Your Aging Church

We see it all the time – a congregation ages along with its Senior Pastor. When the Senior Pastor leaves or retires, there’s a push to find a younger pastor who will, in turn, help the church get younger. To quote Lee Corso: “Not so fast, my friend!”

While it’s true that, in general, the average age of a congregation will be within 10 years on either side of the Senior Pastor’s age, it’s not true that simply hiring a younger Senior Pastor will make your church younger.

In fact, it is possible to get younger without hiring a younger pastor at all. If you want to get younger, your church will need to get serious about doing these nine things.

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Posted by Jay Mitchell on 9/24/18 7:03 AM

How To Set Yourself Up For Success In A Newly Created Position

At the beginning of 2017, I had the opportunity to change roles here at Vanderbloemen. It was a brand new switch not just for me, but also for our company. This was the first time in our organization's history to have this type of role. While the outline for the position responsibilities were laid out, we knew the goals would change as the team figured out what would work best within our company structure.

Walking into a role that is still being developed is not an easy task. It takes quite a bit of creativity and a ton of ever-increasing agility (one of our favorite Vanderbloemen values). However, after a few months in the role, things begin to fall into place. In hindsight, here are four things I learned for walking into a newly created role that might be helpful to you and your team.

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 9/19/18 7:08 AM

Beating Burnout: 7 Ways To Keep Your Staff Members At The Top Of Their Games

Every staff leader likes to think they do a great job balancing their work life and personal life. At the same time, most staff leaders like to say they are an “above average” worker when it comes to hours worked and difficulty of work done. The truth is you can’t always be both. There are different seasons in life where your family will take more energy and seasons where your ministry will require much more energy. The same holds true for your staff.

It is our responsibility as leaders and pastors to stay engaged with our staff’s emotions, especially in busy seasons, to ensure burnout doesn’t occur. Here are seven ways you can combat burnout for your church staff:

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 9/17/18 7:02 AM

Combating A Toxic Culture: How To Engage And Inspire Your Team

"Strategy is great. Having talented people is a must. But the real team wins come when culture is working," insists Vanderbloemen CEO & Founder, William Vanderbloemen, in Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace

Hands down, the best way to engage employees and build a winning team is by combating a toxic culture – and building a healthy one. It is up to organizational or team leaders to create an environment that is driven by excellence, mutual support, and positivity.

Here are five ways to engage and inspire your team and cultivate a positive, productive culture.

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Posted by Kendal Drinkwine on 8/29/18 7:02 AM

4 Ways To Cultivate A "Lightbulb" Culture Of Great Ideas

I loved the animated movie Despicable Me. In the film, supervillian Felonious Gru has moments of clarity in which he concocts ideas for evil schemes, emphatically stating, “Lightbulb!”

As a leader, I love seeing a staff member and/or volunteer have a “lightbulb moment” – a moment of clarity that provides a solution to a problem or inspiration for a new project or idea. "Lightbulb moments" create a feeling of ingenuity, ownership and empowerment. How do we, as leaders, create a culture that encourages these "lightbulb moments?"

Here are four tips for cultivating a culture of great ideas.

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Posted by Jennifer Winge on 8/27/18 7:04 AM

Why You Need To Consider These 6 Things For Your Next Team Meeting

One of the things I enjoy most about working at Vanderbloemen is the lack of meetings. Yes, I said it correctly: the lack of meetings.

One of our values at Vanderbloemen is Stewardship of Life. This value helps us think differently about what we do with our time. One of the ways we protect our time is by having meetings only when they are needed. Do you have a meeting strategy? How can you ensure your upcoming meetings are not only effective but also add value to your team?

Here are six things to consider the next time you plan a team meeting:

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 8/6/18 7:03 AM

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