Yes, we can…

...the way forward.

Going forward is marked by “Yes, we can.” There can be a few setbacks, reductions, realignments and other complications, but consider your “Yes” drive. It’s possible. It’s needed. It’s best. It’s worth the commitment. Let’s put our heads together and make it work. This will improve our position. Don’t give up. These are the files […]

Plan to Advance

...where there is no plan, the people perish.

Wouldn’t it be nice if a happy life just happened in the course of the day? The same could be said for corporate endeavors. We have a good product, it will sell itself… In most cases, endeavors and hopes will default to diminishing returns if left alone. The truth is we can find joy and […]

Trusting…

...not so hard.

Years ago, we were confronted with: “God is dead.” While it’s not true, it represented a strong stream of thinking in our culture. Should we be surprised that the cover of Time Magazine April 3, 2017, which I have not read, asks the question,”Is truth dead?” I see it as a natural out flow from […]

Decisive Leadership

...need now more than ever.

In any circle of management, ministry, or teamwork, we need decisive leadership. I recall one of my mentors saying, “I might not always be right, but I’m always decisive.” I’d follow him most anywhere. The truth is, indecisive leadership isn’t always right either, but particularly hard to follow. America, as always is in need of […]

Get The Word Out…

...more options than ever.

Fake news is in the news…and it ought to be. It’s wearisome to sort out the news from historic news organizations that we believed in our naiveté was right on and truthful. Often in conflict with political opinion, we looked for the reality among us…until…it occurred that we might be getting filtered messages from another […]

Being An Effective Chairperson

...short list.

So here’s the abbreviated version of recommendations for the Chairperson of the Board, Committee, or Task Force: Mind the Clock – The shorter the better. Maintain Respect – It’s the best way to receive respect. Discipline Staff Work – It’s what you do between meetings. Value Constructive Input – Keeping it positive Guard Against Biases […]

Being an Effective Chairperson

(7-9 of 9)

Whether you’re a chairperson of the Board of Directors or a Task Force, there are some principles that will help you accomplish your goals. Here are the final three of nine: Mind the Clock – The shorter the better. Maintain Respect – It’s the best way to receive respect. Discipline Staff Work – It’s what […]

Being an Effective Chairperson

(4-6 of 9)

A Chairperson, among many things, is a leader. This is a tremendous opportunity to breathe into decisions and decision makers. I’m listing nine recommendations for the Chairperson as follows: Mind the Clock – The shorter the better. Maintain Respect – It’s the best way to receive respect. Discipline Staff Work – It’s what you do […]

Being an Effective Chairperson

(1-3 of 9)

The Chairperson of a board or committee is an advantageous opportunity to make a difference. Already I expose my predilection to advancing a cause as opposed to maintenance. If that’s your hope, make note of nine suggestions that come from a lifetime of experience in these matters on a micro and macro scale. Mind the […]

Recommendations for Effective Board Members

...summary.

So here’s the “nutshell” version of Recommendations for Effective Board Members: “Yes” person – Resist being a bobble head. “No” Person – The default power position of most members. Staff Work – “Be prepared.” Role Defined Contribution – Have inclusive purpose. Loose Lips – Confidentiality is expected. Attendance – Come to the meetings. Remain in […]