When Servant Leaders MUST Fire Someone

There is no better way to help people achieve at their highest potential than servant leadership. Servant leaders, committed to the mission, the organization, and their people, work to find more effective means, strengthen their organization, and build up their people. When the leader’s concern for people is sincere and trusted, expectations can be discussed Read More…

Confession Meets Forgiveness

I  am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt. . . . Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept. Genesis 45.4,14 When sincere confession meets deep forgiveness, amazing things can happen. Consider one, truly amazing case. The case of Judah. Judah was not a righteous man. We know about Judah Read More…

Crossing the River of Fear

In three days, you will cross the Jordan River. This is my command—be strong and courageous!  For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9-11 The river was dark with fear: hesitations, doubts, timidity. On this side the people of Israel. On the other, the land of God’s promise. Just step in. Read More…

Courage to Continue

We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. (Hebrews 12:12-13) 175 meters from the finish, searing pain shot down Derek Redmond’s right leg. He fell in agony to the ground, his Olympic dream over. To everyone’s amazement, he struggled to his feet, determined to finish Read More…

Spread It Out Before the Lord!

After Hezekiah received the letter, he spread it out before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed. (Isaiah 37:14-15) One day your life is running along in its normal way, and then, without warning, arrives a worry, a demand, a threat, perhaps frightening, possibly overwhelming. What do you do? Hezekiah had a day like that. He received a Read More…

Improve Your Storytelling

It’s an ancient art. A storyteller has captures his listener’s with voice and gestures. As the tale unfolds people learn the heritage of their people, weep over their tragedies, rejoice in their triumphs. The stories express deep longings and fears, cherished dreams and hopes, values and behaviors to imitate or avoid. Would you like to improve your storytelling? Read More…

Leading From Behind: The Shepherd’s Way

There’s a marvelous article in the Harvard Business Review on “leading from behind” and “leadership as collective genius.” Professor Linda Hill is chair of the Harvard Business School’s High Potential Leadership program and an active researcher in the field of leadership. Leadership in the future, she says, will require “leading from behind” to create environments Read More…