Accountability and Transparency

When it comes to leadership and the exercise of power, there are two essential qualifiers for authentic institutional responsibility, transparency and accountability so as to develop and sustain authentic trust.…

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Leadership is about Decision-Making

The capacity to make good decisions is surely as crucial as anything that a leader does. Indeed, some would say that this is leadership: making decisions, and that good leadership is evident in quality choices or actions. The organization is only as effective and successful as the choices or decisions of those in leadership. Good decisions means the success or the organization. It is as simple as that.…

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Do Not Overstay

When is the right time to leave an organization, and how do you know it has come? Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks have left at the top of their game, rather than leaving after they became the last ones to see it needs to end. Let's develop the sensitivity to know when it is our time to leave.…

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One, Three, and Ten-Year Thinking

When you give leadership within an organization, it is helpful to think in terms of a principle of short term, medium term and long term thinking. To ask, at any given time, questions about impact, relationships, and decisions over the short term, medium term, and long term.…

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Friedman and the Failure of Nerve

Some of the best books we read are re-reads – going back to a book and reading it again through another set of lenses.   I recently re-read the brilliant book by Edwin H. Friedman:  A Failure of…

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Partnerships and Strategic Associations

All organizations function because they know how to partner with and associate with other organizations to achieve a shared vision – a common goal or objective.  They recognize that there is something…

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No Healthy Churches Without Effective Church Boards

So, of course, I asked: what do you do? What will it take to bring about some measure of congregational health – with a resolution of the conflict? I was a little taken back by his response. It is very simple, he said: the problem is always with the Elders board; and the solution is to work with and work towards a board that is functioning effectively.…

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Spouses as Co-Pastors?

On a flight from Toronto to Calgary I happened to be sitting across the aisle from a senior denominational leader who had over many years worked directly with congregations and congregational…

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