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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. […]

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 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 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 […]

Bad Math Lie #3

September 16, 2009

The truth about adding services to reach more people I was 25 years old when the young adult ministry I had been leading for four years launched as a church. It had been a wild first four years, and we were excited for a new journey. While we were technically planting a church, I do […]

Chapter One, Closing

September 14, 2009

As we begin our journey of understanding the Leadership Triangle and how its principles can shape the way you lead in your own organization, we will look back to the East Lake story again and again. It is a story that offers instruction, for sure. But more importantly, it offers hope of transformation. Perhaps Eva […]

Leading a “Youth Movement”

September 1, 2009

“Wow! Time has flown by….” That’s the thought that kept running though my mind last week, having dropped off my youngest to start her college career. The “nest” is now empty. What a weird concept. As I’ve reflected on the last 25 years of child-rearing, I realized that’s just about how long I’ve been involved […]