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Are You Building an Organization of Value?

“Human Resource transformation efforts that focus exclusively on improving HR are bound to fail.”   -David Urlich, University of Michigan Ross School of Business In workshops with HR professionals around the country, David Urlich begins by asking the question “What is the biggest challenge you face in your job today?” He would hear responses ranging from ‘getting HR practices right’ to ‘relating to leadership’ to ‘managing the increased personal demands of the job’. Mr. Urlich relates that heads would all nod until he would say, “These answers are all wrong.” “HR professionals should be at least as concerned with the outcomes of activities – the value they create – as with the activities themselves.” Creating and Maintaining an Organization of Value From working with a number of ministries as well as public agencies and private sector companies, I have found that Organizations of Value all share five distinct practices, with clear purposes for each practice: Practice: Forge a strong and distinct ...

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Missed Opportunity or the Real Challenge?

As we move through these slower days of summer, we know the responsibilities pressing on us. Yet it seems that the ability to move things along or to just simply “get stuff done” is just beyond our grasp. Thinking about this reminded me of watching my Granddad on his farm at the breakfast table as he would quietly “mix a portion” of butter and sorghum, waiting for Grandma’s biscuits to come out of the oven. “But Granddad, the biscuits aren’t here yet!” I would cry. But sure enough, there was something amazing about the combination of those fresh, hot biscuits and the “portion” when it all came together. Thinking about my Granddad’s forethought in preparing for a simple culinary treat, while things were quiet at the table (and I was just watching), reminded me of something Dr. Charles Stanley said: “Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and a downward spiral begins.” What are the opportunities that you are missing—maybe it’s the donors you could be building relationships with, or the knowledge y ...

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“Well, it’s summer—nothing gets done now.”

“SUMMER SLUMP” also known as “The Doldrums,” “The Sargasso Sea,” or “The Horse Latitudes” (more about this one in a bit). It has arrived! We all have so much to do now, yet it seems that we only think: · “School is out.” · “Let’s go to the beach.” · “Disney admission prices skyrocketed.” · “I feel so peaceful in the mountains.” At this point, it appears that everybody throws all of their energy into their desired vacations and summer activities BUT the important tasks get a half-hearted side glance. If you think like me, you’re already feeling a bit guilty about what needs to get done (but you know it won’t), and what everyone really wants to be doing in these summer months. As I think about the slow days that are ahead, the words of a Pink Floyd song come to mind: Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town Waiting for someone or something to show you the way BUT, I am also ...

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Raising Your Focus From the Snakes at Your Feet.

Winston Churchill once said “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” As a ministry grows, the leadership faces a multitude of changing priorities. All too often we become caught up in the details of day-to-day events, causing the focus of our vision to become a bit fuzzy. At this point we stop planning and resort to worrying. In essence, it is like trying to just shoot the snakes closest to your feet. The Listener-Supported Radio Development Outlook Study uncovered an interesting response to leadership vision and its effects on the operation. When asked to finish the sentence: “Your station has a vision statement that is…” (and given six possible ways to finish it), four out of five of the successful stations who responded had a clear vision or a positive reaction to that vision. However, over a third of struggling stations had no vision or felt confused about the vision. So, how do you stay focused on your vision instead of allowing daily events to distract you? Make Better Use of ...

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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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Too Big To Fail

Too big to fail-That well-worn assertion begs several questions: Are they truly failing and by what standards? If so, why are they failing? Is taxpayer funding the only way that organization(s) can be salvaged? You recall what happened to Pan American World Airways, Woolworths, or the Titanic-the world moved on after they failed. Some time ago, I had the privilege to serve on the board of directors in the beginning years of a national radio teaching ministry. Serving on that board with me were several highly respected businessmen, including the wise and inspiring Fred Smith, Sr. In our first board gathering, Fred was asked to lead us in prayer. It was a prayer that I will never forget – both for its simplicity, and for its profound implications. His prayer was only three short thoughts: “Dear Father, we are in earnest in this endeavor. Guide our steps that our mistakes might be small. Amen”. Any organization will readily admit, and show everyone possible, that ...

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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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