The movie Courageous opens tonight and every father or guy who thinks he might be a father some day should see it. Leaders especially need to see it because we travel so much we could easily become absent fathers even with the best of intentions. I saw the preview a… More
This is the last in a series about ‘loving teamship’ that started with loving your teammates and then loving your team. It is also the flip side of the post Loving Leadership that talked about leaders loving their staff members. It may seem strange to talk about loving the team leader, especially because that love is focused on one person while all the other posts talk about loving an entire class of people or a group, but Jesus commanded us to love one another, so why would the team leader be excluded from those we are to love? More
Imagine a football team where a player’s goal is to show some scouts his outstanding moves. His vision is what he will be able to do as a free agent with the income he makes after a bidding war. He exhibits unsportsmanlike behaviour that sometimes results in penalties against the team, and it is clear to them that his decisions on the field are based on what will be best for him, not for the team. That player would be a major problem for the team, greatly hampering it in many ways.
Team members need to keep in mind that the team accomplishes the mission, not the individual. More
One of the research findings from my dissertation on church-agency relations is that many Christian agency leaders do not have formal theological training. The pastors said this is a problem. Since agencies are Christian ministries, I recommend that at least the senior leader of a Christian agency get some formal theological training,… More
When leaders talk about the rationale behind their work, it is more compelling than any fundraising appeal I’ve ever heard. The logic makes so much sense. Here’s how to make a powerful case for support. More