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Archive for April 2009

My New Book- Chapter One, Part Four

April 29, 2009

That was just the thing, Cousins soon realized.  People were going to have to do things that were the precise opposite of what they would normally be inclined to do.  Residents who trusted no one would have to trust strangers.  Individuals with cash who normally required a great return on investment and lots of guarantees […]

Collaboration: Is it Worth the Effort? Part 3 of 3

April 20, 2009

    The benevolent dictator pastor often has the best of intentions and sometimes a wonderful vision for the local congregation, yet in our present culture this style of leadership often fails to build a community of leaders in mission and ministry.  People often respond to a high control problem-solver by checking out and not […]

Collaboration: Is It Worth the Effort? Part 2 of 3

April 15, 2009

    Moving from being a benevolent dictator to a transformational collaborative leader . . . what does it look like? A Benevolent Dictator is responsible for:  1.     Vision 2.    Strategy 3.    Decision making   Thus, a local church rises or falls on the success of the leader in having the right vision, strategy and […]

Collaboration: Is it worth the effort? Part 1 of 3

April 14, 2009

    I was recently speaking with a pastor with over three decades of experience as a leader in the church.  He is very talented with much wisdom and insight in mission and ministry.  He has strategic vision.  “In the day” he would simply be a benevolent dictator.  He would say, “We are going in […]

My New Book, Chapter One, Part Three

April 8, 2009

Threadbare and unable to attract golfers because of the neighboring war zone, East Lake Golf Club was on its last legs and could be had for a reasonable price. Tom Cousins paid the price himself – twenty-five million dollars – and hatched an ingenious plan. If he could convince one hundred new corporate members to […]

My New Book, Chapter One, Part Two

April 2, 2009

When Tom Cousins moved to Atlanta in 1954, his first job was respectable but hardly indicative of the career that was to come. He parlayed that initial job with a company that manufactured kits for homebuilders into a home building company of his own. By the early 1960’s, Cousins was the largest homebuilder in the […]