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

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

A Shepherd’s Vision

Growing up in southern California in the 1960s and 1970s certainly had its perks. You can picture them – clear skies, the Pacific Ocean, nearly perfect weather year-round, and you guessed it, Disneyland. Walt saw his vision realized as one “land” after another was designed and erected. It would eventually attract children of all ages … Continue reading A Shepherd’s Vision

Vision and Love

The act of following vision is not unlike the act of falling in love. As leaders, we try so hard to manufacture motivation for those we are called to lead. However, in reality, our main job is to simply create the environment and conditions that draw followers to the vision that God has given us. … Continue reading Vision and Love