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My New Book, Chapter Two, Part Four

December 2, 2009

A Strategic Scenario A highly regarded not for profit focuses its mission on arts education in schools in lower income neighborhoods which must often forgo any sort of arts curriculum. The not for profit depends on the generosity of foundations and individuals in the community and an annual grant from the local arts and sciences […]

My New Book – Chapter Two, Part Three

November 11, 2009

A Tactical Scenario Here is an example of a tactical challenge faced by a church. The Executive Pastor fields complaints from congregants and staff alike that the information systems the church uses are balky and unreliable. Often documents mailed to vendors and church members are found to be incompatible with the software of the recipients. […]

My New Book – Chapter One, Part Seven

August 18, 2009

    Oh, and there is golf. There is an annual PGA TOUR event on the Rees Jones-redesigned East Lake Golf Club, but that is not the most important thing. East Lake is also home to the First Tee of East Lake program, a rapidly expanding effort to leverage the beauty of the game of […]

Issues That Inform Our Values (Part 3)

August 10, 2009

Remember what we have thus far said. Well-defined people have clear boundaries. They also have a clearer understanding of their internal complexities, including competing values – they are self-aware. This good personal definition with attendant appropriate boundaries act as an “immune system,” protecting us from the inconsistencies and misalignments that are bound to occur when […]

Defining Self (Part 2)

July 31, 2009

“Okay,” you might be saying, “I understand that I need to be more self-aware, so that I can be more clearly defined, so that I can lead more effectively. But how do I go about doing this? I’ve taken lots of surveys in the past.”  Let’s think for a moment what specifically it is we’re […]

Free Resources

July 29, 2009

On July 28, 2009 many of the resources that were once “resources for fee” on our website are now “resources for FREE”. In our ongoing effort to equip, inspire and guide churches and church leaders on a journey of transformation we decided to make 90% of our resources available to you at no charge. We […]

Inward Focused Part 3- Who Is Most Important, The Minister Or Those Being Ministered To ?

June 23, 2009

For me the hidden tension between the importance of the minister and those being ministered to was difficult to see. When I first worked under a philosophy of ministry called “Unleashing the Church,” I was taught our primary motivation was to minister to the broken and poor. But over the years our thinking changed. The […]

The Family/Business/Community Conundrum

June 12, 2009

What generally makes church life and functioning so very confusing is the fact that, like no other organization in society, it encompasses the congregant’s expectations of family, business, and community. Each of these elements must be held in tension, and each must be understood clearly, or else confusion will ensue. As a family, the clergy […]

Transformational Change Sneaks Into the Exurbs

February 9, 2009

I was doing a pastor’s conference recently with a number of area ministers. I was presenting the difference between operational change (when the answer resides with the expert within the organization), and transformational change (that involves a shift in values and beliefs, translated into behavior change). I emphasized the fact that if you apply an […]

Conflict Basics: part 3 of 3

December 19, 2008

Blue Zone Blue Zone behavior is focused on the organization’s values and mission. It is a way of moving out of the Red Zone by focusing on underlying issues (even when the underlying issues may be personal). But Blue Zone behavior is motivated by protecting the organization, rather than self. It begins when a person […]