Making Good Decisions…

...leadership essential.

One of my favorite leaders used to say, “I may not always be right, but I’m decisive.” When entering a restaurant and being asked, “where would you like to sit?” he would always choose a table. He would never leave it to the recommendation of the hostess. He was always decisive. Some leaders are so […]

Officers Commissioned

...should there be more?

In this part of the world, new officers have been commissioned in The Salvation Army. It’s a great celebration and a credit to the Lord. For the uniformed, this means that hundreds of people have stepped forward to serve God in many places around the world and in many circumstances. Should there be more? Actually, […]

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 […]

Leadership Transition…

...what to expect...

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.

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.

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 […]