Category Archives: Leadership

Become a Great Leader (in 5 Easy Steps)

Jim Collins

Does your church have a good leader? Does the company you work for have a good leader? Are you part of an organization that has a great leader? What differentiates a great leader from a good leader? Jim Collins, the author of the book “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… And Others Don’t,” gave a keynote speech at the Drucker Centennial conference last May, in which he gave a look at the differences between good leaders and great leaders. He said that leadership is a hierarchy of capabilities, and leaders become competent at each level before moving on to the next level.

2012 Update: Mitch Daniels

There’s been more and more buzz in political circles about Mitch Daniels recently, as Republicans try to find someone that can offer a solid alternative to President Obama in the 2012 election. I think this is primarily due to the fact that Republicans in general have soured to the candidates already assumed to be frontrunners in the race (Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, etc.). It seems like these candidates have been disqualified by Republican voters (or at least the media) for one thing or another:

No Holiness, All Love

I read an interesting article in TIME Magazine (online) today entitled “Is Hell Dead?” It’s ostensibly about a book written by author Rob Bell, who is also the pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan. His book, “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived,” posits that evangelical Christianity is too theologically rigid, and we really don’t know what happens after death.

Do We Hyper-Sexualize Our Kids?

I read a really interesting article in the last week in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Why Do We Let Them Dress Like That?” The author of the article, Jennifer Moses, asks why parents today encourage their girls to be slutty (in essence). She says, “Why do so many of us not only permit our teenage daughters to dress like this—like prostitutes, if we’re being honest with ourselves—but pay for them to do it with our AmEx cards?”

Is the Church Efficient?

I have an interesting recurring thought about the economics of church… do churches in the world today operate as efficiently as they could? It depends on what their ultimate goal is, you could say. What is the goal of the church? What does the organization of the church exist for? What is the primary reason for the existence of the local church? What should the church be doing, and does it do that well?

3 Reasons Nuclear Power is Not Dead

There was a terrible tragedy in Japan on March 11, part of which has been fixated upon by the media. There was a 9.0 earthquake, followed by a massive tsunami, which likely together killed over 10,000 people. However, what the media wants to talk about is not the earthquake, the tsunami or the aftermath of that, but a nuclear power plant, where there were several explosions, that have yet to kill anyone.

Tribes: Is the world of leadership changing?

The Internet has made the world smaller. Instead of writing letters and waiting weeks for them to arrive at their destination, we now write emails, and they arrive instantly. Instead of watching the nightly newscast or reading the morning newspaper, we can find the news at our fingertips at any second of the day. Instead of joining the local club, we can now join any club in the world, with people that have the exact same tastes as we do.

Some Familiar Power Players

Today, Real Clear Politics released their list of the “Top Ten Rising Power Players in Congress.” On this list, we find some of the people that we’ve talked about before on this blog:

The Executive and the Elephant

This was a fascinating book that I won in a contest on Often, when Michael does a book review, he gives away copies of the book to the people who read his blog (another reason to read his blog).