Blindside Transitions

We were going to build a lifeboat. The CEO and I knew our seven-store, high-end, retail jewelry chain was experiencing declining sales in the all-important Christmas season of 2007. We knew the bank was worried about our leveraged position and wanted assurances the credit line would be paid off. We knew that some stores would … Continue reading Blindside Transitions

Forging Vision

Christian Leadership Alliance President and CEO Tami Heim recently interviewed Dr. John C. Reynolds, President of Los Angeles Pacific University (LAPU) on this edition’s theme of “Vision.” Los Angeles Pacific University is an accredited, Christ-centered learning community that offers convenient and affordable degrees to students of all backgrounds. As part of the Azusa Pacific University … Continue reading Forging Vision

Communicate Compelling Vision

Most successful organizations, whether for-profit or nonprofit, operate with a strategic vision. A vision is simply a clear image of what an organization aspires to be or achieve in the future. Here is a strong example from World Vision: “We are a Christian organization working to help communities lift themselves out of poverty For Good.” … Continue reading Communicate Compelling Vision

A Vision for Third Turn Leaders

Where were you during the initial COVID shutdown? I was on an Idaho mountaintop – three months of porch-sitting, ruminating, pacing, long-distance cycling, praying, thinking, writing, conversing and testing. This season gave me time to explore my yearning to serve leaders moving into their Third Turns so that strong succession, meaningful legacy, and future value … Continue reading A Vision for Third Turn Leaders

One Brick at a Time

What does David Green and Hobby Lobby have to do with the growth of your ministry? While some people might first think of the Green family as a funding source, there’s an opportunity for deeper instruction from their story. Their story has been well documented in Giving it All Away and Getting it all Back … Continue reading One Brick at a Time

Driving in the Blizzard

Vision, or vision casting, may be one of the most difficult leadership jobs because it calls on a leader to actually envision the future. But ‘seeing the future’ is not easy. One of the metaphors I have used to describe this leadership task is to compare it to driving a bus at night on a … Continue reading Driving in the Blizzard

Books for Summer 2021

BOOKS 1. Lead Like it Matters to God: Values-driven leadership in a success-driven world By Richard Stearns (IVP, March 30, 2021) Book Overview  Lead Like it Matters to God is the Outcomes Conference Book of the Year! Learn More (Join Rich Stearns for a “Lunch-and-Learn” talk on his new book at The Outcomes Conference, June 15-17, … Continue reading Books for Summer 2021

What Visionary Leaders See

So where do visions come from for a business or ministry? Visions don’t come from committees, they come to individuals as part of their calling. Since God is our creator he loves to “recreate” through those whose hearts are seeking answers. Some come as dreams, or a profound thought and often as a solution to … Continue reading What Visionary Leaders See