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The Tale of Three Boards

Some time ago I attended a leadership conference. Over lunch with a few colleagues, the topic moved to how we were relating to our respective Boards of Directors. We had known one another for some time and all knew that the things said would be treated with confidentiality and respect. This conversation reminded me of the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. One was “too cold,” another was “too hot,” but the last was “just right”. Too Cold I started the conversation by explaining what a difficult time I was having working with my board. There were several factions, each with a different agenda. Communication was difficult at best, and sometimes outright hostile. They were not just attempting to micro-manage me, several bypassed me to go directly to department heads with “suggestions for improvement”. Too Hot One friend then told us that he felt “really lucky”. Two family members and several long-time friends made up his board. They met over lunch twice a year to “keep things legal”. He sent them ...

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Ideas Sharpen Ideas

Very few artists have ever thrived in solitude, and there is nothing more stimulating than the conflict of minds with similar interests. When we have a strong sense of calling to our ministry, all too often we can fall into a self-imposed isolation of “think like me” that, for a time, will drive an ministry’s focus. But without outside stimulation, that process can become stale and, as a result, the ministry’s focus can become blurred. I was in a Bible study some years ago where the leader would end the formal study with a discussion time, and he would start that by saying, “OK, that is what God said, now let’s get into an argument!” For several weeks I was really put off by that, until I noticed that the ‘arguments’ in the discussion were always checked by sound doctrine - facts not just opinions - and he had a remarkable way of keeping us all on topic, yet encouraging a great diversity of conflicting ideas. Good Ideas May Start as Conflicting Ideas Having a focused, effective ministry requires a lot of ...

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    “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.”

    As a life-long student of management principles, I enjoy finding those sparks that bring light to a dark situation. It is my hope that this “lampstand” will provide you a bit of light.

    With a diverse background in media, corporate communications, and public sector employee training, I assist ministries in keeping their operation true to their vision, mission and goals.

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