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
“After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.“ (Rev. 7:9, NLT) If asked to point to the most significant event … Continue reading What if Diversity isn’t the Solution?
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
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
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
It all began in 1880 when a Salvation Army meeting filled a large Wesleyan Chapel in Blythe, England. A child stood outside the door. There was no room for her inside. Captain John Roberts’ heart was moved and he told the child to return next Friday and to bring her friends for a special children’s … Continue reading Ignite NextGen Vision!
“For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.” (Psalm 50:10) In resource development, whenever I find myself dreading budget deadlines and wringing my hands about where the money’s going to come from, I’ve learned to stop and take inventory. When I’m tempted to resent donors who’ve given in the past … Continue reading Thriving in Resource Development
The past thirteen months have been one of the most disruptive seasons in my lifetime. A global pandemic, one of the worst economies of the century, and a divisive political environment were all contributors. We have faced lock downs, loss of incomes and jobs, and the disease itself—as we still do at this time. I … Continue reading Polycentric Leadership
As I survey the inner landscape of the market and ministry leaders that I work with regularly, most are discouraged, drained, depleted and depressed. It seems the ways in which we’ve sought to navigate political discord, racial tensions and a global pandemic are not sustainable. Add to that, our personal lives, stresses and schedules. Most … Continue reading A Resilient Life
If there is one thing the last 23 years of serving kingdom organizations and leaders has taught me, it is this: the most powerful influence on earth (outside of God’s hands-on work or intervention) engages when a faithful man or woman finds purpose in a clear calling from God that requires a wholehearted investment of … Continue reading The Power of Purpose