Memorial Day and remembrance

My grandparents called Memorial Day “Decoration Day.” Memorial Day dates back to three years after the Civil War (before their time), when the head of an organization of Union veterans established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. It is believed that date — […]

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Just ask!

All of us know that in today’s work environment — and particularly in our larger organizations — we need to delegate authority and responsibility. We must learn how to delegate, as well as how to train and create environments where people who are close to the situation (and close to the customer) are the ones […]

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Leading through encouraging

A few years ago, I met the head of a successful software company at a conference in Los Angeles. His business card had his name and his title: “Chief Encouragement Officer.” This was a man who understood a lot about leadership and what it meant to become an encourager. Studies have shown that people are naturally attracted […]

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Culture wars

Recently, there has been a lot of commentary regarding ongoing culture wars. Apparently, there are many who believe that Christians in America are being targeted from all sides — from the White House, to the news media, to our educational institutions. It’s very likely that a cultural war has broken out, and many can find […]

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Divide and conquer

If you look at the definition of “divide and conquer,” you will likely find: “the intentional strategy of maintaining control over others by encouraging dissent and division between them.”

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Healthy conflict resolution

Conflicts occur in some of our best-run organizations. Christians and Christian organizations experience conflict likely at the same rate as any other group or organization. Resource allocations, communication deficiencies, economics, environmental stress, confusion over roles and responsibilities are just some of the likely reasons for conflict and each can damage an otherwise healthy organization. While […]

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Layoffs, Cutbacks and Downsizing

Recently, my nephew asked me a question about employers and workers. In particular, he wondered about efficiency projects — including mechanization and outsourcing — that often lead to layoffs, cutbacks and downsizing. How does a Christian balance good business sense with care and compassion? Fortunately, the Bible is always an appropriate source for wisdom and […]

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Leading Through Encouraging

A few years ago, I met the head of a successful software company at a conference in Los Angeles.

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Still buying IBM?

One of the reasons we have many local churches today that have 10,000 or more members is because church leaders were willing to take risks; they were willing to be innovative.

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What’s new in church governance?

Much of what is considered proper church governance is not necessarily because of what is considered biblical but because of denominational and church tradition.

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