Browsing articles in "Leadership"
Aug
2
2012

Guiding the Midnight Train From Georgia

train

As I write this I am headed northbound out of Atlanta on a train to New York. I am a huge fan of the train, and try and take an extended trip at least once a year. I find that the slowness of it is good for my soul. While waiting to board, I learned that a train had derailed earlier in the day, causing all sorts of logistical challenges for Amtrak. This derailment was […]

Jul
30
2012

Leadership in the Garden: Enjoy the Broccoli Salad

broccoli salad

Each spring I look forward to planting my vegetable garden.  It is a hobby of mine that helps me to unplug, and soak on what is going on around me.  I have found that as I spend my weekends playing in the dirt, God uses the time to teach me much about life and leadership.  This summer, I am writing about those lessons each Monday in a series I am calling Leadership in the Garden. On […]

Jul
26
2012

Hyphenated Names & Counting Costs

hyphen

Late last week NPR ran a story about what happens when people with hyphenated last names begin to think about marriage and having kids.  The trend of having hyphenated last names (think Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Florence Griffith-Joyner) has waned a good bit over the years, the story describes it this way: Hyphenating has waned since its peak in the ’80s and ’90s, in part, experts say, because it’s become less of a feminist statement and more […]

Jul
23
2012

Leadership in the Garden: Space to Grow

cuke racks

Each spring I look forward to planting my vegetable garden.  It is a hobby of mine that helps me to unplug, and soak on what is going on around me.  I have found that as I spend my weekends playing in the dirt, God uses the time to teach me much about life and leadership.  This summer, I am writing about those lessons each Monday in a series I am calling Leadership in the Garden. When […]

Jul
16
2012

Leadership in the Garden: Pulling Up Weeds

weed root

Each spring I look forward to planting my vegetable garden.  It is a hobby of mine that helps me to unplug, and soak on what is going on around me.  I have found that as I spend my weekends playing in the dirt, God uses the time to teach me much about life and leadership.  This summer, I am writing about those lessons each Monday in a series I am calling Leadership in the Garden. The […]

Jul
12
2012

In Remembrance of Me, or For All the World to See?

priest saying mass

I am currently spending a few days away to listen, soak, wrestle through some opportunities, and write.  Throughout the course of my short time at the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center I can’t help but see little glimpses of what the Holy Spirit is leading me through… it has been exciting!  Yesterday morning as I was exploring the facility I found myself walking past a chapel.  Glancing in, I noticed one of the friars saying mass, all […]

Jul
10
2012

Leadership and 1,000 Points of No

follow the leader

Leading in the church context is completely different from leading in the business world.  The top down, hierarchical leadership structure that dominates much of the corporate landscape will sometimes work in the church context… but it rarely lasts more than a season.  In the corporate structure, people are engaged in a transaction of sorts: employees show up and work in exchange for money. In the church context, the congregation is engaged in a sort of […]

Jul
9
2012

Leadership in the Garden: The Power of Pruning

pruning

Each spring I look forward to planting my vegetable garden.  It is a hobby of mine that helps me to unplug, and soak on what is going on around me.  I have found that as I spend my weekends playing in the dirt, God uses the time to teach me much about life and leadership.  This summer, I am writing about those lessons each Monday in a series I am calling Leadership in the Garden. Yesterday […]

Jul
5
2012

U-Haul, Social Media, and The Front Line

old truck

On Thursday I shared the story behind Dave Palmer’s U-Haul fiasco, and how it had me thinking about advocacy.  Today I want to share one last, unrelated, thought on the story: who you have on the front line of your organization matters. To me, Dave’s experience pointed out a major defect in U-Haul’s customer service infrastructure: their front line staff is untrained, and untrusted.  Reading through the story I saw countless places where customer service […]

Jul
2
2012

Leadership In The Garden: The Value of Structure

beans

Each spring I look forward to planting my vegetable garden.  It is a hobby of mine that helps me to unplug, and soak on what is going on around me.  I have found that as I spend my weekends playing in the dirt, God uses the time to teach me much about life and leadership.  This summer, I am writing about those lessons each Monday in a series I am calling Leadership in the Garden. Last […]

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