Article: Is there something you can do to increase the likelihood you’ll achieve your goals? Yes! You can pray, put your goals on paper, take action steps, and reflect on your progress. (Published in Japan Harvest.)
Article: Ask open-ended questions to provoke reflection. Ask, don’t tell. Ask, don’t suggest. Ask, don’t advise. Ask—then listen. (Published in Japan Harvest.)
Article: Want to achieve your mission? Define its achievement in terms of measurable student leanring. (Published ACSI World Report.)
Article: Do right things, then do things right. Make sure you are working on the right thing beforeyou spend time fine-tuning what you are working on. (Published in Japan Harvest.)
Tool: Focus is important. Focusing on your God-given mission is important. How focused are you on your God-given mission? To find out, take this self-assessment.
Tool: To achieve your goal(s), start by identifying what helps you and what hinders you.
Article: Want to increase your productivity? Stop working! (Published in Japan Harvest.)
Tool: To achieve your goals, identify what you need to keep doing, start doing, and stop doing.
Article: Knowing where you are and where you want to go helps you make effective decisions. (Published in Japan Harvest.)
Article: Want to encourage and empower others? Listen to them. When you listen, be interested, look interested, and focus on what they’re saying, not on what you want to say. (Published in Japan Harvest.)
Article: To measure mission achievement, define what it takes to achieve your mission. Next, measure the achievement of your mission in 3 ways. (Published in ACSI's World Report.)
Tool: Meetings are an important tool you can use to achieve your mission. I’ve participated in good meetings. If you want to participate in good meetings more often, answer this question: What makes a good meeting good? Good meetings are on TARGET in terms of Team purpose, Assessment, Results, Guidelines, Effective facilitation, and Types of meetings. To get an idea of how you can make your meetings even more effective, complete this assessment.
Tool: Professional development is an investment in staff, staff who work to achieve the mission. Take this self-assessment to get an idea of how you can improve your organization’s professional development program.
Tool: Staff in Christian organizations face a challenge—to close the gap between the words of the mission statement and the reality of the current situation. To meet this challenge, staff can do 4 things: focus on the mission, empower others, work smart, and pursue excellence To what extent do staff in your organization do these 4 things? To find out, take this self-assessment.
Article: Use a SMART goal to drive mission achievement. (Published in ACSI's World Report.)
Article: Measuring and reporting progress on schoolwide objectives helps. Among other things, it focuses work, promotes collaboration and accountability, and increases mission achievement. So, what can you do to measure and report achievement of schoolwide objectives? (Published in ACSI's Christian School Education.)
Article: When planning your week, schedule your key priorities first. (Published in Japan Harvest.)
Article: Stop trying to manage time. Instead, focus on managing yourself. (Published in Japan Harvest.)
Tool: To get an idea of how you can manage yourself even more effectively, take this self-assessment.
Tool: Student objectives define the mission in terms of measurable student learning. To get an idea of how you can enhance your student objectives, complete this self-assessment.
Tool: Use this perspective tool to increase awareness about a goal in terms of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
Tool: Clarity encourages. Increase your clarity for a given goal or reality by identifying what it is and isn’t.
Tool: Clarity encourages. Increase clarity for a given goal, reality, or action step by identifying the upside and downside.
Article: Use student objectives to close the rhetoric/reality gap of Christian education.
Article: Leverage your results by reflecting on them and applying what you learn from your reflection. (Published in Japan Harvest.)