Category - Leadership

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Leadership When the Maps Are Wrong
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For God’s Sake–Lead!
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Know When It’s Time
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For Those Thinking About Writing
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The Tension We Face
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Are People Aware of What You Have to Offer?
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How Do I Know If I Am a Leader?
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Do We Really Need Leaders?
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Is Anyone Following Me?
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Advice from Stephen King…and Others

Leadership When the Maps Are Wrong

There are few challenges like taking an existing institution and bringing needed change. A transformative leader often faces strong headwinds. Plans get sabotaged. I learned this early on in my first church. In my youthful idealism, fresh out of my doctoral program at Dallas, I was ready to change the world. I soon discovered it[…]

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For God’s Sake–Lead!

Watching the current news, I find myself practically screaming, “For God’s sake, someone please lead! Would you focus on governing rather than posturing?” Maybe it is my imagination, but I think I hear these same shrieks coming from my neighbors. I certainly hear them in the locker room, no matter one’s political persuasion. So much[…]

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Know When It’s Time

American filmmaker Woody Allen once lamented, “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.”   Endings are not easy for most of us. Endings come with a sense of apprehension, as well as feelings of loss, anger, fear, depression, and confusion. It’s hard to admit we[…]

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For Those Thinking About Writing

Getting published is hard work. Painfully hard work. In his The Art of War for Writers, James Scott Bell provides a field manual for all writing wretches. Any hope of success will require reconnaissance, tactics, and strategy. I am now on my third book, Contagions of Craziness. As with the first two, the process of[…]

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The Tension We Face

Every week, I get the pleasure of dialoguing with future leaders of the church, a.k.a. seminary students. I am confident in them, though I fear for the contemporary church and its waning influence. These students will enter a world that is losing both its mind and its soul. They will step into churches, some of[…]

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Are People Aware of What You Have to Offer?

Every year I watch the Super Bowl, I keep my eyes out for the latest Doritos ad. The executives at Frito-Lay make sure their commercials compete with the best. This year’s ad, “Now It’s Hot,” involved Chance the Rapper and the Backstreet Boys, and it received good reviews. It’s not because I love Doritos (I[…]

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How Do I Know If I Am a Leader?

I recently discovered pictures of my fiftieth high school reunion. I did not go this past September, but I saw a few online images. Everyone looked so old! I am guessing it would have been different if I was there in person. Pictures don’t always tell the truth. Right? Had I been there, I am[…]

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Do We Really Need Leaders?

In my upcoming book, Missing Voices (Langham), I raise the question whether or not we need leaders. Are leaders essential, irrelevant, or somewhere in-between? After listening to the campaign ads for what seems like forever (and ever), I am wondering. Do we need these people? As I note in my book, people do not seem[…]

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Is Anyone Following Me?

Sometime back, John Dickerson wrote an article in The Atlantic entitled, “The Hardest Job in the World.” He was addressing the American presidency and the impossibility of leading. How can anyone truly represent 327 million people, let alone hope to please any of them? How can one person manage an executive branch now numbering two[…]

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Advice from Stephen King…and Others

The writer Hemingway once said of writing, “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” I’m not sure where that leaves me. I have been away for two months working on a book on global leadership, Missing Voices. I know there has been serious loss of blood. Not[…]

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