More than Vision…

...It takes commitment.

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I love visionary people. The imagination soars with possibilities yet unseen. A new world. A new solution. A new way to go. Exciting realities. Promising results. Hope realized…and more… Yes. I admit. I am there. It all becomes a dream without commitment. Then it turns into …I wished we had… We should have… Imagine if […]

Leadership Transition…

...what to expect...

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Leadership transition happens in many places every day. Are there matters that concern us we should look out for? I think so. Consider these: Change is coming. Needed or not, new leadership brings change simply because the driving force of leadership is different. This is not inherently bad and may be a relief in the […]

Crisis Leadership…

...no surprise.

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Still remaining with issues for what I call crisis leadership, a good leader has an expectation of a crisis. Whether it be product failure, bad press, poor performance or otherwise, the crisis shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. A leader is circumspect in these things, knowing where the chain of operations is weakest and where […]

Crisis Leadership…

...mission critical.

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Still thinking of crisis leadership today, I want to draw attention to the need for mission imperatives in the process. Often crisis management involves process and process refinement, if not realignment. These are appropriate directions in working through a crisis, but never paramount. Most important is to retain a focus on the essential objectives of […]

Crisis Leadersip…

...not just management.

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While tempted to write a few words about crisis management, I prefer to think and comment on crisis leadership. Crisis management is keeping peace in turbulent times. Crisis leadership is smoothing the waters and taking advantage of the crisis for added benefit. Here’s a simple example of how that looks: A product is determined to […]

Mission…

...utmost importance.

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More important than structure, organization or accountability is mission. Of course all are important to the mission, but secondary to it. The mission represents purpose, intention, plans and dreams. It is in missional terms that we measure the effectiveness of a company, organization, or movement. In the USA Western Territory of The Salvation Army, we […]

Still On Track…

...more than ever.

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Having read an article today that challenges the veracity of The Salvation Army, it occurs to me that it might be time for a reminder about what we do and how it’s going. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its […]

Bureaucracy

...and still get it all done.

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I work in an amazing movement known as The Salvation Army, which is, by necessity a large bureaucracy. Like many other organizations large and small, we endure and enjoy the many distinctives and requirements for careful administration of mission in service to God and people. Many of these procedures seem unnecessary and time wasting, but we […]

Olympic Gold

...more losers than winners.

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Aren’t we all enjoying the Olympics? And aren’t we all becoming experts on these sporting events? I admit I am only seeing one side of the games because our perspective is greatly influenced by American television. I take no issue with the network as I expect they are playing to their largest audience. I’m sure, […]

Music

...it speaks to the soul.

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There are many people who have stepped away from the faith, but still love the music. I can think of many Salvationists who aren’t worshipping God in a fellowship, but will think holy thoughts whenever they hear a Salvation Army Band recording. I bumped into one such person in the last week who came to […]