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Great Stories, Leadership, Resources

October 10, 2018 is the print release day for The REACTION Dashboard.This book has been a work in progress for about four years and making it available to the world brings feelings of excitement, relief, anticipation, and hope. I am deeply grateful to al the leaders and friends who’s experiences and insights contributed to what it is.The REACTION Dashboard is a tool that equips leaders to understand, assess, and improve their organizational culture. The tool is practical, simple, and quick. It pushes action and results. And it emphasizes the disciplineSEE DETAILS

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Great Stories, Leadership

Are you more enthralled by vigilantes or saints? Do you get more excited when the bad guy gets gunned down, or when the troubled soul finds new hope? Are you more into stories of frontier justice or remarkable transformation?I had an interesting Facebook dialogue last week about the power of redemption stories. It seems there is something deep in the human condition that resonates with tales of rising from the ashes and becoming something new. We also respond strongly to stories of retribution. The visceral thrill of justice served, especially whenSEE DETAILS

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Leadership

Christian media has been dominated in recent weeks by reports about Willow Creek Community Church founding pastor Bill Hybels. The many allegations of inappropriate conduct towards women are disturbing and must be fully addressed, but the leadership issue is the way the church leadership has responded to them. I don’t know any more than what is public media, so I won’t speculate on how this will all be resolved. But there are some important lessons for leaders, and particularly for governance.Note: I am refraining from linking to reports on thisSEE DETAILS

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Leadership

For several years I’ve used running as an alternative way to meet with some of the leaders I advise. The combination of activity, nature, and being side by side brings a different quality to the conversation that can be helpful.Today I added another sport to the arsenal: Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP).For those who haven’t tried it, SUP is sort of a cross between canoeing and surfing. You stand on a fairly large board and use a long paddle to make your way across the water. My wife and I haveSEE DETAILS

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Great Stories, Leadership

Most policy manuals are useless, and many are holding back results.I’ve had several conversations and consulting sessions in the last couple months where organizational policies featured prominently. In the midst of cultural shifts in expectations and greater diversity of demographics and opinions, the desire to establish clarity often results in voluminous binders of procedures and practices that take days to read; let alone to write, review, and implement.And a lot of it is garbage.I don’t mean that politically. It’s not the specific content of the policies that concerns me. It’sSEE DETAILS

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