Creating a Learning Culture

As leaders, God entrusts us to build flourishing organizations through flourishing people. The idea of “flourishing” suggests continuous and intentional learning, growth, and change. In addition, learning requires effective communication. As the ancient proverb states, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” (Prov. 1:5) Creating an organizational … Continue reading Creating a Learning Culture

Cast Your Nets!

Do you remember the 1980s advertising campaign with the slogan, “Not your father’s Oldsmobile”? Hoping to catch the attention of the next generation, the automaker created a snappy slogan to shake the dust off their well-known name. For those of us serving in legacy ministries, change can be hard, uncomfortable, or even seem impossible. We … Continue reading Cast Your Nets!

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