Leadership Longevity: Four Essential Practices – Learn (Part 3 of 5)

Todd Wright Church, Leadership 10 Comments

Many leaders believe that increased age, experience, and tenure automatically equate to “learning”. Such a thought is delusional, and is much too common. If it were true, every old person, leader or not, would be a genius. It’s true that everyone gets experience, but not everyone learns from the experience they get. Frequent intense reflection, meditation, and “note-taking” about those experiences are absolutely essential. 1.    Reasons to Reflect. Deep reflection is essential in all transformational learning: experiential or academic.  Through it we are transformed as our newfound knowledge is repeated and

Leadership Longevity: Four Essential Practices – Listen (Part 2 of 5)

Todd Wright Church, Leadership 3 Comments

In Part 1 of this series of posts I identified four essential practices (Listen, Learn, Lead, Love) that have helped me experience leadership longevity and effectiveness. Longevity is important, and too many leaders quickly move from position to position, department-to-department, organization-to-organization, or church-to-church. They don’t stay in one place long enough to become effective and actually add lasting value and depth to the group they are responsible to lead. They usually move because

Leadership Longevity: Four Essential Practices (Part 1 of 5)

Todd Wright Church, Leadership 14 Comments

Someone recently asked me, “How have you managed to lead the same organization through major change and growth for sixteen years, and maintain a high level of trust and credibility?” I didn’t know how to answer them. It was something for which I was deeply grateful and should have reflected upon more, but I hadn’t. So for the following few weeks I spent several mornings doing just that. Each person’s leadership journey is fluid and has a life of its own. Many of the “norms” shift during the journey. There are always surprises and unexpected obstacles waiting for their opportunity to cause havoc and sabotage the vision. There are often …

5 Reasons Why I Started This Blog Now

Todd Wright Life 14 Comments

I’m technically slow!  Always have been. Just six years ago someone else checked my email, and I dictated my responses. There is NO modern-day technology that I truly love. I’d much rather be bucked off a young horse, or build a fence in the hot sun or freezing cold than set up a new smartphone or TV service! I love simple! Grass. Cattle. Horses. Wind. Rain. Sunrise. Sunset. I’m a cowboy at heart! I remember 2003, the first time my good friend, Marty Duren, said he was blogging. I didn’t want to appear stupid, but I had no idea what he was talking about. I had NEVER heard the word. …