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

Diversity and Trust

Diversity is an opportunity to innovate, learn, grow and succeed in your organization in ways you simply cannot accomplish by yourself. In 1 Corinthians 12, we learn that diversity rests in the uniqueness of each individual. Diversity and differences are there for purpose – to ensure the kingdom is available to “every tribe and language … Continue reading Diversity and Trust

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