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20 Questions To Discern Good From Best

“Good is the enemy of great” is the first sentence of Jim Collins’ business best seller, Good to Great. Collins goes on to say, “and that is one of the reasons that we have so little that becomes great.  We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good... Continue Reading

Change These Three Factors or Face Obsolescence

 “It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones who are the most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin Typically, when we say something is obsolete we mean it is out of date, no longer produced or used, or has been replaced by something new. And, the term “obsolescence” can be applied to people,... Continue Reading

The Pain Pill Doctor Approach To Change Leadership

Suppose I wake up one morning with a crick in my neck that won’t go away. I go to my family physician and he prescribes pain pills to alleviate my pain. But, the next day I wake up with my crick worse than the day before so I go to my chiropractor who gives me an adjustment and assures me... Continue Reading

Baker’s Dozen Decision Making Approaches

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide Change leaders are people who see opportunities where others don’t. They have the courage to take great risks and the ability to make wise decisions. Frequently they aren’t even aware of the decision making process they are using when determining a change initiative, but... Continue Reading

Maximizing and Minimizing Lottery Leadership

Lottery Leaders love change and lots of it. In fact, their leadership style is characterized by constant and massive change, often leaving followers drowning in their wake. And, frequently such leaders lack the analysis skills to distinguish between simply a good idea versus a really great idea. If you are one caught in the wake of a speed boat leader... Continue Reading

Lottery Leadership – Stacking Change Curves

Playing the lottery is a form of gambling. The typical lottery player repeatedly purchases numerous lottery tickets in hopes of securing a winning ticket and a cash payout. Playing the lottery has a change leadership analogy: The “Lottery Leader” seems to be constantly buying more tickets, making changes, in the hope that that at some point there will be a... Continue Reading

How to Create a Church Change Epidemic

At the beginning of the 21st century Malcolm Gladwell wrote a thought provoking bestselling book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Difference, about the contagious nature of change. His foundational thesis is that substantive change is a product of incremental actions, usually by a quite small group of people, whose influence and initiatives bring about a new... Continue Reading

Assessing Spiritual and Organizational Church Leadership

Understandably, the minister’s education and training focuses for the most part on developing biblical knowledge and spiritual leadership skills and attributes. Yet, within weeks, if not days, of arriving at their first job in the local church the gospel minister learns they need another set of leadership skills and attributes……those of an organizational leader. In Acts 6 we see this... Continue Reading

A Personal Virtue Vision for Real Life Change

A “Personal Virtue Vision” develops an individualized picture of change in specific areas of life, and then develops training plans to accomplish it. For example, I must first envision what a Christ centered virtue would look like in particular areas of my life: Money: If I were out of control in spending and full of greed, what would it be... Continue Reading

A Rule of Life: Changing the Way We Live

  Most of us at one time or another desire to see meaningful change in the way we live our lives. I have discovered that implementing an annual “Rule of Life” plan is one of the most effective ways to build intentional change into my life.  What is a Rule of Life? Some also call this a “rhythm of life”... Continue Reading

Discerning God’s Will Together For a Proposed Change

At the heart of leading change in the church is collectively and corporately discerning God’s will. In most churches significant change must pass through some leadership group that is charged with discerning if the proposed change is in line with God’s will. Regretfully, lay and professional church leaders have little training in how to corporately discern the will of God... Continue Reading

Sticky Change: Fostering Church Change That Lasts

“It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin Studies show that only 10% of people who have had heart bypass surgery make major changes to their diets and lifestyle behaviors afterward. Too frequently we don’t alter our behavior even in the face of overwhelming evidence we should.... Continue Reading