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My New Book, Chapter Two, Part Seven

March 9, 2010

The Importance of Balance We are nearly ready to dive into the inner workings of each of the modes of leadership. But before we can do that, it is important to pause, take a deep breath and focus on the importance of balance in employing the principles of the Leadership Triangle. This balance must be […]

My New Book, Chapter Two, Part Six

January 22, 2010

The Leader And The Leadership Triangle You have identified the nature of the leadership challenge. You know the right tool to use. Now, where do you start? As you employ the principles of the Leadership Triangle, you’ll see that the same leader often behaves very differently depending on the nature of the problem he confronts. […]

Part 1: An Introduction to Church Management

January 5, 2010

For the past number of years I have been working with churches and coaching pastors, attempting to help them establish better management practices. What I found, over and over again, was the fact that ministers have been trained to be theologically competent, and be able to navigate the scriptures and craft understandable sermons. But when […]

My New Book – Chapter Two, Part Five

December 30, 2009

A Transformational Scenario One of my client churches was located in suburban St. Louis. The then relatively new pastor, who had succeeded a long-time pastor, brought me along side and hired me. The former pastor was the classic chaplain. Warm, compassionate and people-oriented he was brilliant over coffee in the living room and at the […]

Taking the Time to Ponder

December 22, 2009

To ponder: “to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate; to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully” according to dictionary.com.    I remember when I first heard the word “ponder” as a child; it was part of the Christmas Story: “and it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the […]

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. […]

Putting Your Board’s Agenda to Work

October 25, 2009

I was recently invited to sit down for a cup of coffee with a woman who had recently accepted the position of Board Chair of a private, Christian high school.  She was particularly concerned about keeping her board engaged in a meaningful way and wanted to pick my brain.  She was well aware of the […]

My New Book – Chapter Two, Part Two

October 23, 2009

My intent is not to introduce yet one more theory. Rather, it is to organize the theories of leadership because I believe that most of them fit into the Leadership Triangle. My hope is to introduce you to a new way of thinking about leadership by starting with the problem, not the solution. The most […]

My New Book – Chapter Two, Part One

September 24, 2009

Chapter Two: The Three Sides of Leadership Tod Bolsinger, Senior Pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church, looked at me intently. “I am excited about the possibility of you coming in here and helping us in a consultation”, he said. “But there’s something you need to know. We have had several other consultants here – reputable […]