Improve Your Storytelling

January 17, 2017

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…

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Leading From Behind: The Shepherd’s Way

December 15, 2016

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…

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Extraordinary Organizations: What Does It Take?

May 15, 2016

It’s the perennial leadership question. There is something different about some organizations, something that helps them outperform others and even exceed their own goals. What does it take to be an extraordinarily effective organization? In his book, Building the Bridge As You Walk On it, Robert Quinn says that these…

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What Is Your “Transformational Question”?

March 15, 2016

Questions are powerful. Getting to the right answer begins with asking the right question. A particularly probing question can press us toward new perspectives, new insights, new methods. A very few questions–just the right questions–can stimulate wide-scale transformation The Power of a Transformational Question Robert Quinn relates the experience of…

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Courage to Oppose Toxic Leaders

February 18, 2016

He shared in their humanity so that he might free those who were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14-15 “How does the resurrection of Jesus transform your understanding and practice of leadership?” If someone asked you this question could you answer it clearly? If this most…

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Building Value Into Your Life

February 9, 2016

You long for a life of significance! You don’t crave fame. You’r not trying to become powerful. Pursue these things and in the end you may discover you’ve squandered your years. So what does it take for life to be significant? The teaching of Jeremiah gives us important clues. “I knew you…

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Is Your Vision Creating an Adaptive Gap?

April 5, 2015

It is often said that if leaders want to see high achievement they must cast bold visions. It is less often pointed out that proclaiming a large vision creates a gap between the vision and the current reality that must be managed. Ron Heifetz, in his book Adaptive Leadership puts it…

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Leading by the Spirit through Community

March 24, 2015

Leadership models matter because they influence how we think, and how we think determines how we act. Are there distinctive principles that should mark we lead in God’s work? If so what are they? To focus the question more, let’s ask, “What is that makes leadership in a Great Commission…

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