Fulfilling the Vision – Part 4

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”



One mistake that driven, ambitious leaders often make is mistaking a course correction for a failure. We have a concrete, precise idea of exactly how we want our careers and ministries to turn out, and we do our very best to make that idea a reality. It’s why we’re effective leaders in the first place! However, this mentality can damage us greatly as well. Sometimes, when we feel like we’ve gone off track, we begin to let go, thinking we have failed.


Often the course correction comes from God Himself, as a response to our pride or undue ambition. “I came into a church with all the solutions to all the problems in the world,” Mike recalled of his early days in ministry. “I was the next Billy Graham! I came here to cut my teeth on the place and figure out who I was, and then I’d get invited to a bigger church. That was in my head.” But over the next two years, Mike began to sense that maybe God was calling him to remain in his current position.


Psalm 31:23-24
“Love the LORD, all you faithful followers of his! The LORD protects those who have integrity, but he pays back in full the one who acts arrogantly. Be strong and confident, all you who wait on the LORD!”


At a ministry conference, that sensation sharpened into a message that was impossible to ignore. “I can remember in the vision that I saw that day the altar of Elijah,” he shared, “and on it I saw selfish ambition. I can remember saying, ‘That’s just nonsensical!’ but the moment I tried to move I heard the Holy Spirit say very clearly: ‘Stay where you are. You need to deal with this.’ It just smashed me,” Mike recalled. “I ended up in a real snotty mess, but probably in the best state I’ve ever been in my spiritual life. Have a nervous breakdown — I recommend it!” In that moment, Mike needed a serious course correction. He needed to reposition his motives and attitude in order to best move forward.


Sometimes, however, these course corrections come as a result of out-side circumstances. At one point, Mike’s church lost a large number of members because of some changes that he had put into place. “Satan played mind games with me,” he said. “When those people left my church, all I could hear was, ‘You’re the wrong person, you’ve blown it, there’s someone better than you out there.’ All those voices coming in began to cripple me because I wasn’t convinced that I was the right person—which was ridiculous, because I came here
because I knew God had called me!”


Philippians 4:13
I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.


When you’re discouraged about changing courses, then take some time to remind yourself of why you’re passionate about this vision in the first place. Revisit the scriptures that stuck with you when you first received your call. Speak again with the mentors and friends who encouraged you to pursue your vision, and pour out your questions to God. And above all? “Be confident in Christ,” Mike advised. “Knowing that He’s with me
and has called me here helps me to bulldoze through those obstacles. I know I’m the right man. I can succeed, I can fail, but the reality is this:I am the right person in this place.”


To review, here are some of the key concepts that we’ve reviewed in this chapter:


  • Anchor yourself to Godly promises, values, and objectives
  • Be patient and trust in God’s power when plans slow down
  • Don’t confuse a course correction with a mistake



For the full text, get your copy of The 5 core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders. It’s now available on Amazon https://goo.gl/biwfmh

Newsflash: Errol Lawson named in West Midlands ‘Power 250’

Birmingham based Author, Entrepreneur and Life coach Errol Lawson was named this month as one of the West Midlands most influential people in the Birmingham Post ‘Power 250’.


The Birmingham Post feature looks at the most powerful and influential people in the West Midlands from fields as diverse as health and science through to politics, business and the arts. You can see the entire list here https://goo.gl/vHx245


Errol is the best selling author of three books:


“From the Postcode to the Globe – How to overcome limitations and realise your potential.”
“Teenpreneur – How to build a business in your teens” and
“The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders.”


Available on Amazon:https://goo.gl/GcHAae

Each year Errol mentors and coaches more than 20,000 students and teachers in schools across the UK. To contact Errol



Tel: (+44) 7852397747
Email Address: Errol@errollawson.com
Website: www.errollawson.com
Twitter: @errollawson


















119 Kristian Thorpe – The Entrepreneurial Church leader

Our guest this week:

Kristian Thorpe


Originally joining Arena Church in 2000, Kristian has led the church since 2007. In this time the church has dramatically changed, actively engaging in the community and becoming fully relevant to modern lives whilst developing a pioneering vision.


Kristian has been married to Caroline since 1992 and they have 4 children. He is a passionate supporter of Liverpool FC and Miami Heat, and his heroes include General William Booth and Kenny Dalglish. His other interests include jazz music, spicy foods, and sunshine holidays.


He loves life, loves the church, and believes in teamwork.

Fulfilling the Vision – Chapter 2

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”

PRINCIPLE #2: “Patience”


But Mike Robbins wasn’t always the competent, Spirit-filled pastor he is today. “I’m an aerospace engineer by trade,” Mike said. “I lived a wrecked life. I’m a first-generation Christian, I did the drinking thing and lived with my girlfriend for quite a few years. I was quite insecure in those days. But eventually, we found Christ. We were both saved out of a very chaotic background.”


As we can see, it took literal years for Mike to accept God’s call on his life. Likewise, we all need to remain patient, both about our physical circumstances and our spiritual growth. Remember: no great leader has been built in a day. “When I came into ministry,” Mike said, “I had to spend a lot of time sorting out who I was, the real guy Jesus had created. I had to discover him and allow him to emerge.” Mature leaders give themselves time to grow.


Isaiah 40:31

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”


Even after we have our own motives sorted out, the world rarely bends itself to our wishes. In fact, Mike spent eight long years after his initial call to ministry waiting for God to provide the right opportunity. During that time, Mike continually felt as if circumstances had been orchestrated against him: he was repeatedly denied positions, passed over for ministry jobs, and told that he wasn’t qualified because of his background. “I knew I was called after three years, so I applied for Bible College,” Mike said. “I kept trying to knock on that door to get into ministry, because I knew God had called me. Each time I got a knock back, for one reason or another until eventually He came and got me.” Eventually, Mike’s church reached out and asked him to take on an assistant-ship role.


Somewhat ironically, that call came when Mike’s engineering career was finally taking off, and he wasn’t sure if he had the credentials to lead. “I had no Bible training at all,” he said. “When I’d been invited, I approached the movement and asked ‘Will you credential me?’ And they said no, because I hadn’t been through college. I got quite bent out of shape over it. God really pulled me up on that, and said ‘It isn’t about credentials.’” A few busy years later, Mike was planting a new church of his own, at the request of the board that had initially turned him down.


Don’t be surprised when your dream isn’t adhering to the timeline you originally envisioned. God often gives us a “big picture perspective,” like He did when He showed Mike that he’d be a pastor in the years to come. He chooses to give us this ultimate vision so that we will have faith during difficult times, not to show us exactly what will happen within the next calendar year! If it seems like your vision is stalling, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve chosen the wrong course—just that God is working out some of the smaller details behind the scenes.


As we read in the book of James:


James 5:7-8
“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”


No one likes to wait. And in our fast-paced society, we are accustomed to getting what we want when we want it. But God’s timing is far superior to the world’s timing! So instead of panicking when things aren’t moving quickly, enjoy the slower pace and trust in God’s perfect knowledge and providence.


For the full text, get your copy of The 5 core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders. It’s now available on Amazon https://goo.gl/biwfmh

Turn Your Side Hustle to a Six Figure Hustle

This week I’ve had a couple of conversations with some amazing women that are running their own small businesses. I say amazing because they have been managing so many challenges and personal responsibilities whilst still trying to build their own businesses.


In both cases, whilst their small businesses had a level of demand they were unable to grow and scale because they didn’t have the support or the know how about how to grow. The consequence for both of them is that they are both stuck on the treadmill.


Both have great business ideas, lots of desire, plenty of raw talent but no support. They don’t have the community around them that they need to be able to grow.


Sadly this is the story for many people. Their side hustle only ever remains a side hustle because they don’t have the support, accountability or know how to be able to take it to the next level.


This is one of the reasons I’m running the business Advancement workshop on the 16th December. It’s for people that are full of desire that want to grow and scale their business but feel like it’s taking forever. They just don’t have the time to think about growing and scaling because of all the other things they are doing.


If this sounds like someone you know please invite them along to this exclusive event which is for just 10 people. The investment is £97. To book on or for more information. Visit https://errollawson.lpages.co/errol/


Best wishes,


Errol Lawson
“Developing leaders that are positively transforming communities around the world”.
Best selling author of:
“From the Postcode to the Globe – How to overcome limitations and realise your potential.”
“Teenpreneur – How to build a business in your teens

Why are You so Afraid of Sales?

A gentleman visited my office recently to discuss how I might be able to help him grow his business. He was well turned out in a sharp looking suit and he arrived on time and well prepared for our meeting. He opened his briefcase to show me the beautiful looking products that he had designed and made and boasted about his ability to produce at least one new version of the product every month.


“So, how many of these have you sold and who is your target customer?” I asked. To my amazement, although he had spent hundreds if not thousands of pounds creating the product he had no idea about who his ideal customer was and had not sold ANY of the products!


I asked him why he had continued to create a product that he was unsure anyone actually wanted and that he had sold none of. He said, “I hate sales! Hopefully someone will come along one day who loves sales and they will see value in my product and will sell it for me.”


If anyone ever does come along and decide to sell these products for him it would be an absolute miracle. This is an example of how you should not build your business.


Before you spend lots of money creating fancy products or websites or renting expensive office space you need to find out if you have a viable product. You need to decide who your ideal customer is and then go out and prove the value of your product. You do that by SELLING. Yes, I’ll say it again SELLING. You have to get out there and see whether there is a desire for your product in your market. Will people exchange money for this product or service? And, will they buy it from YOU?


Once you’ve tested and proven the value you can think about putting money in but not until.


The gentleman I mentioned earlier could have saved a lot of time and money by going to speak to some prospective customers at the start of his journey, taking some samples and finding it out if what he was making was what they needed.


Not doing so meant who also missed out on the valuable opportunity of getting some feedback. That feedback could have helped him to rethink and redesign and improve his product before taking it to market.


Go out and have conversations with your ideal customers about your products before you invest heavily. And avoid the trap of doing everything but sales.


Errol Lawson

“Developing leaders that are positively transforming communities around the world”.
Best selling author of:
“From the Postcode to the Globe – How to overcome limitations and realise your potential.”
“Teenpreneur – How to build a business in your teens”.

I’m looking for 10 people!

On the 16th December 2017 I’ll be running an exclusive one day workshop for business owners or professionals that want to grow and scale their business or expand their influence in 2018. At the workshop you will find the clarity, confidence and the skills needed to realise your aspirations for 2018. There are 7 out of the 10 places remaining. If you are interested email me asap, errol@errollawson.com. You can find out some more info here. https://errollawson.lpages.co/errol/


Errol Lawson
Developing leaders that are positively transforming communities around the world


Best selling author of:
“From the Postcode to the Globe – How to overcome limitations and realise your potential.”
“Teenpreneur – How to build a business in your teens”

Is your Impatience in the Way of your Progress?

Have you ever been in central London during the rush hour? The speed at which commuters seem to be moving is remarkable. Everybody is eyes forward and focused, they seem to completely ignore what’s going on aroundthem, they don’t speak to each other, they march at full speed towards their destination. If you’re from another city like me, going to London can feel like entering a whole new world! It seems like everyone is in a massive hurry.


When I speak to entrepreneurs and leaders one of the biggest frustrations they share with me is that they are not getting where they want to get to at a quick enough pace. They are in such a hurry. I’m quite a goal driven person myself. Having a sense of urgency and enthusiasm is not a bad thing but when we start getting overly impatient it can cause problems.


Some traits of overly impatient people:


They trample on other people to get where they are going – They easily upset, offend, neglect and sometimes abuse people around them.


They don’t take time to appreciate their wins and the good things they have achieved – Very little time is given to value and appreciate the journey and the impact that has been had.


They make bad decisions because of impatience – They make long-term decisions based on short-term feelings or emotions.


They don’t take enough time to look after themselves and their own health and well being – They neglect their health. They eat poorly and don’t get much exercise.


Frustrate the life out of their team members and close relations – The people around them don’t always tell them but they are totally frustrated by them. They call them names behind their back because that’s how they make them feel.


Do you find yourself being impatient a lot of the time?


Take a moment to ask the people around you if they think you’re impatient and ask them how that makes them feel. Have an honest conversation with them and see what you might learn.


Remember you may not be where you want to be just yet but you’re a long way from where you were. Take time to smell the roses and appreciate some of the blessings you have in your life.


If it’s really bad, get some counseling. Life is too short to be stressing yourself out about your ‘goals’ at the expense of your health and your relationships.


Thank you for reading!


Feel free to reach me at:
Email Address: Errol@ErrolLawson.com
Website: http://errollawson.com/

Fulfilling the Vision – Part 1

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”

PRINCIPLE #1: “Clarity”


The first truth of adaptability is a somewhat ironic one: if you want to learn how to change, then you need to know what can’t change. You must have a solid grounding in your purpose and faith. That way, when you do need to make changes, you won’t be blown so far off course that you lose sight of your original call. You will always have an anchor to hold you steady. What will define you in the years to come, when situations have changed.


Ephesians 1:17-18
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints”.


I believe that there are three major areas that you must use to “anchor” yourself and your team:


  • Biblical principles: “The only thing that doesn’t change is the word of God,” Mike said. God’s promises and character will never change, no matter what else may happen.
  • Your ultimate goals: Cling to the original vision that God gave you. Though its appearance or impact may change through the years, it will come about in some form. God brings His plans to the world, without fail.
  • Your organisational values: “I believe God is systematic and strategic,” Mike said. “Being led by the Spirit doesn’t mean that we’re not strategic.” Principles like honesty, integrity, and compassion will never go out of style. No matter what your business or ministry faces in the future, Godly values will make you stronger.

“Discovering vision and then formulating a strategy that sees that vision through is essential,” Mike said. “Vision is born in a furnace. We need to engage with God. We have to discover God’s heart. We need to clearly define who we are, so people know what they’re joining up to and understand where we’re going. People rise to vision. If they can sense \that vision and anointing, they buy into it.” Only once you and your team are firm and united about the three areas above can you begin to lead others. If you don’t believe whole-heartedly in the value and importance of your mission, then you can’t expect others to come on board.


Acts 26:18
“To open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”


For the full text, get your copy of The 5 core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders. It’s now available on Amazon https://goo.gl/biwfmh

Avoid the Trap of Going Back to the Familiar

In the biblical story of the exodus from Egypt, after having crossed the Red Sea and been set free from slavery, when it got tough, there were a group of Israelites that decided they wanted to go back to Egypt. They reasoned to themselves that life was better back in Egypt under the bondage and slavery of the pharaoh. Sometimes our mindsets can be likened to an elastic band.

We start out on one level of thinking and through personal development, exposure and mentorship our mindsets expand and we grow to a new level of effectiveness and performance.


The danger


The danger is that we get stuck or hit an obstacle and we make the mistake of going back to what is familiar. We hit ‘the dip’ that part of the entrepreneurial journey where we feel a little bit lost and discouraged. Instead of persevering through the dip we jump out of the process and look for another bright and shiny object or we go back to the same kind of limited thinking that we had before.


How do you know if you’re going back?


You start charging less for your time than your worth
You’re taking on low value and functional activities that can be outsourced
You’re targeting customers and a market that you know don’t have much money
You don’t have any accountability person or group to help keep you on track
You’re making excuses for your lack of progress


What to do?


Recognise when you’re going back to Egypt and talk to someone about it that can help you get refocused.
Listen to audio books by people that inspire you and will help you stay focussed.
Stop jumping around from one thing to the next. Stick to what you’re good at, what you’re known for and the place where you add unique value. For a customer that can pay what you’re worth.

Thank you for reading! Have a blessed day!

Contact Information:
Errol Lawson
Emerge Leadership UK CIC
475 Gillott Rd, Birmingham, B16 9LJ
+44 7852 397747