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Building a Proactive Life Plan

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“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight, not for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us thinking, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them. And that men will say, as they look upon them and the labor and wrought substance, “See! This our fathers did for us.” Audels Carpenters & Builders Guild, Vol. 1, 1923 Review the Blueprints Over the holidays, I saw a re-run of the PBS special “Building the Great Cathedrals”. This program focuses on the design and construction of several of the greatest Gothic and Medieval cathedrals in Europe. It also highlights the problems a few of them experience in maintaining structural integrity. Clearly these magnificent structures weren’t meant for temporary use or “present delight”. I happened to catch this program just as I was reflecting on the pa ...

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Are You Building an Organization of Value?

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“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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Ideas Sharpen Ideas

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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

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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.

    You can find out how Advocace can assist your organization or contact me here.
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