Mindsets for Innovation

We needed a win in a bad way. In my first year as CEO of a small nonprofit, we faced financial, staffing and program challenges. Global Mapping International (GMI) provided research products and services for global missions (the organization is now closed), and thankfully the former CEO had proactively commissioned a study on how nonprofit … Continue reading Mindsets for Innovation

Increasing Influence by Leading Small

Recently, Greg McKeown of Stanford University, convincingly re-established the case for essentialism. Essentialism argues that the disciplined pursuit of less will accomplish more. Long before McKeown, Jesus lived out this counterintuitive principle by leading small to accomplish greater influence – greater influence, in fact, than any leader in history. He modeled a leadership that had … Continue reading Increasing Influence by Leading Small

Critical Inflection Points

The long-term success of all organizations can almost always be traced back to the ability of the leaders in the organization to effectively lead through critical inflection points. This may sound like a bold statement, but over the past 30-plus years in both business and ministry, I’ve come to believe it, because I’ve experienced it … Continue reading Critical Inflection Points

Four Years Remain

Here are some of the many ways successions may begin. “I want to retire by year’s end.” “Our first succession attempt failed.” “Our organization might be acquired. If so, I will step down.” “We’ve got to develop and strengthen the board before I consider moving on!” “I will work until I die. They’ll have to … Continue reading Four Years Remain

Moving Beyond Diversity

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its first update on the population growth and racial make-up of Americans from its 2020 survey. Not unexpectedly, the data reveal a substantial increase in racial diversity over the course of a decade. For the first time in history, the white population in America declined in absolute numbers as … Continue reading Moving Beyond Diversity