Eight strategies during a crisis

Eight strategies during a crisis

“In the early stages of a conflict, it is almost impossible to overinform.

As much information as possible is needed.

Providing information tends to minimize the need for people to create information for themselves through gossip and embellishments of what…

Leadership 101

Here’s what we know: no organization, be it a corporation, firm, or congregation, will thrive or live fully into its purpose with the absence of effective leaders.

Leadership is the singular irreplaceable element in the formula for success, effectiveness, and…

Amateurs and Professionals

One thought from author Edwin Friedman that has stayed with me is about the difference between a professional and a hack.

He wrote that leadership competence is not about knowledge or expertise; a professional and a hack may know the…

The Times They Keep a Changing: Bivocational Ministry as the New Norm?

Most of the pastors in the world are bivocational.

That has always been true, asserts Karl Vaters, author of The Grasshopper Myth and Small Church Essentials.

Most people attend larger churches, so a larger multi-staff congregation is perceived to be…

Toxic Leadership

The measure of successful leadership is how well a group performs, over time, in terms of valued outcomes, or the realization of its mission.

Benjamin J. Inyang considers leadership as a process which “involves the use of non-coercive influence to…

Moving On: Surviving the Grief of Forced Termination

As I began reading Moving On by Deanna Harrison, it only took reading the first page of the preface to see the connection between forced termination and grief was significant. It could be a beneficial resource for those who have forced…

How long can you maintain excellence in ministry?

The power of peer-group learning is explored in the book by Brenda Harwood, D. Bruce Roberts, and others, So Much Better: How Thousands of Pastors Help Each Other Thrive.”

The book presents findings from the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Peer Learning…

5 People Every Leader Needs

Leadership is lonely, they say.

That is true to a real extent.

Few understand the weight of responsibility that comes with leadership, or the shifts in relationship that can bring isolation and distance.

But to say leadership is a lonely…

What type of repertoire do differentiated leaders tend to follow?

Functioning at a high level of differentiation is the golden fleece for most congregational leaders who are students of BFST.

Especially in times of acute systemic anxiety and symptomatic reactivity, effective leaders will work on focusing on the repertoire that…

Reactivity…these 10 things make it worse

All leaders will deal with reactivity at one point or another.

It can be caused by a proposed change from the leader, it may be the result of direct and necessary action taken by the leader, or, it can come…

Leaders, Not Principals

In the media, examples of school principals abound from (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ) highly suspicious Ed Rooney, to the distant yet caring Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series.

As someone who worked in public education for eight years…

Do you have these 4 leadership goals?

Leaders approach their work in many ways.

They use various frames of references to inform how they go about their work.

Some, for instance, focus on the concept of “leadership style.”

Others lean toward the leader-as-manager approach while others take…

A Stockpile of Leadership Resources

Functioning at a high level of self-differentiation is the golden fleece sought by organizational and congregational leaders who are students of Bowen Systems Theory.

Especially during times of acute anxiety and systemic reactivity, effective leaders will work on focusing on…

7 Things to Know About Change

Bringing about organizational change isn’t rocket science, but it’s not easy either.

Those who step into a leadership position that requires engaging in institutional and organizational development in effect and by default will need to bring about changes on several…

Leaders Take Responsibility

In the 1960 speech entitled Leadership, Howard Thurman states that leaders must:


               Be a seeker of the truth.

Must seek the truth about himself.

Be willing to take responsibility for his own actions.

Be willing to take…