Category - Leadership

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Are You Running with the Horses?
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Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield
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Leaders Who Become Weird
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Finding Greatness in 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?

Are You Running with the Horses?

Challenges can paralyze us. Years ago, living in Holland, I attended my son’s first cross country race. Like other anxious parents, I waited for my son to finish. Hopefully, he would be in the thick of the pack. He would end the race well. He didn’t. After all the runners were in, I ended up[…]

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Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield

In his recent book, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis shares a number of lessons he has learned about leadership. Most come from his years fighting terrorism in the Middle East. All are habits ingrained in him over his decades of leading others. These are not exhaustive, but there are[…]

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Leaders Who Become Weird

Travel book writer Rick Steves notes, “You learn a lot about your country by leaving it and looking at it at a distance.” He’s right. You can’t help but see how incredibly rich we are. How ethnocentric we can be. How vain we must seem. We sometimes believe the world revolves around us—until we go[…]

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Finding Greatness in Leadership

More than once I have heard Bill Hybels say, “The hope of the world is the church.” If this is true, then the hope of the church has to be its future leaders. And any hope of future leadership depends upon those who will train them. This is what I have traveled to Kathmandu to[…]

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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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