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Jess MacCallum

Jess MacCallum
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Jess MacCallum is a business owner, writer, leadership coach, and the often-challenged husband of a Proverbs 31 woman. Now married for over 29 years, Jess and Anne have three children—a married son 26, and daughters, 24 and 20. Jess is the President of Professional Printers (one of the largest privately-owned commercial printers in the Southeast); Anne leads worship at River City Chapel, Columbia, SC, enjoys trail-running, songwriting, and ministering overseas through music with “Proclaim! International”. Jess has a BA in art (magna cum laude) from the University of South Carolina (1986), where he spent four years training with the Navigators ministry. He now serves on the leadership team of his church, and has been involved in a variety of ministries for over 38 years, focusing primarily on men’s discipleship but including TESL (Japan), prison Bible studies, small groups, home churches, leadership development, and his favorite—nursery.

Braveheart!

Jesus taught that being trustworthy in the small things leads to greater trust with the big things (Matt. 25:21). The movie Braveheart, about Scot highlander William Wallace, illustrated this value of faithfulness in the small things.

The Challenge of Incompetence

If you remain in a leadership position long enough you will have to deal with incompetence in someone at some point. Whether that means reassigning someone, redefining their role, or letting them go, as a leader the only option not available is to allow the mission of the organization to suffer.

How Devotionals Almost Broke Up My Marriage

Being a leader approved by God is different from being a leader put in a position by God. Sometimes, when God is training a spiritual leader, He will let us fall on our faces because we can see Him better from that position.

The Danger of Possessiveness

In leadership, owning my own idea can be dangerous. If, as a leader, I place my value or my self-esteem on every idea I initiate, I will eventually become isolated from the valuable input of my team.

Under-Delegation vs. Over-Delegation

As a leader, if you don't understand the power of delegation, then you’ve been missing out on the single most useful strategy for both...

Don’t Listen to Me When You Shouldn’t

Every good leader knows he or she doesn’t know everything. But that’s not what leadership is about. Leadership is intentionally moving yourself and others toward a goal.

You Married an Ox

Sometimes it seems men generate mess as a byproduct of being men but thankfully we are worth more than the mess we create.

The Two Things a Leader Does That Last

Leaders come with a variety of experiences, tools, approaches and methodologies. The thing they all share, however, is the belief that they can bring value to an organization in the form of substantive change. They all believe they can guide a group to achieve a given goal. But no matter what area of expertise or experience, no matter where they start in the process of influencing an organization, there are basically two categories of value a leader brings that last.

Decider’s Remorse

You've heard of “buyer’s remorse” ‒ that feeling of regret just after you put your money down for something. But whether money is involved in a decision or not, there’s always a price of some kind. Every decision risks something.

The Proverbs 31 Husband

What started as a romantic bike ride had become a small intimate adventure. I had inadvertently awed her with my relaxed trust in her steering. And boy did I reap the benefits, scoring big points with my new wife. Not a bad idea on your honeymoon.

The Expanding Leader

For the Christian who leads in a secular environment the question isn’t, Does self-promotion mean you aren’t being humble? ‒ the question is, Can you be humble in any position you occupy?

The Faith to Fail

As a leader, I’d rather risk being embarrassed by my failure and faults than watch from the couch while the Father accomplishes great things through others who have the faith to fail.

Self-Awareness is Voluntary

Above all, self-awareness is voluntary. The information we gain can only be applied by us — no one can force us to use what we learn about ourselves. But for the willing and the courageous, any chance to be crafted into a better leader will be welcome.

Don’t Hire (or Promote) Familiarity

Most of us would like to think we are open-minded about our hiring, promotions, development, team-building, etc. And I would never suggest hiring someone based solely on their gender, ethnicity or other external factor. But even healthy leaders can fall into the trap of familiarity, when the talent and competence they need may be lying untapped in the unfamiliar.

On Being Stabbed in the Back

If we want to live and lead like Jesus, we know this one thing about betrayal: it will show us more about ourselves than any other leadership experience we face.

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