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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 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. […]

Free Registration for the first 75

September 22, 2009

FREE Registration for the first 75 to register online and book their room with the Millennium Resort! Speakers: Leighton Ford & Jim Osterhaus The inner life of leaders is complicated and often neglected. The TAG Leaders Forum is an invitation event for pastors and church leaders who have a desire to be the most effective, […]

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 […]

The Cover-up: Cognitive Dissonance (Part 6)

August 26, 2009

So we now know that we are complex as people, and that within this complexity there are competing values that are constantly at war with each other. So how are we able to not only survive, but move forward as individuals? We can very well go around with our minds tied up in knots, what […]

Issues That Inform Our Values (Part 5)

August 18, 2009

We’ve been answering the question, Where do our competing values – all of those elements that make each of us so complex internally – come from? We noted first the family. Then we looked at our individual temperaments, and the Red Zone issues that emerge in each of us, then surface over and over again […]