Navigating “In Between”

By Jim Neudorf A job posting had come up and I was pursuing it.  The process was going like it was supposed to:  a strong resume, my networking was connecting, the telephone interview went well and led to the in-person interview.  Everything was fitting together for a...

Your Mission in One Sentence

By Jim Neudorf How much do you know about your mission field? I was caught by surprise with the question.  Immediately my mind went to missionaries overseas in dangerous dark jungles, and that I was not a missionary.  My response however did not fit the context of the...

Mentoring

By Verdeen Bueckert Okay, so Yoda is not our mentor. But we would agree that mentoring is crucial – and even essential – for spiritual growth. However, there are two stubborn obstacles: finding a mentor and being a mentor. Mentors who consider themselves...

Why Change is So Hard

By Dallas Bidell Why is it so hard to sustain substantial long-term change for the better both in my personal life (e.g., losing weight) or in an organization? In the book Immunity to Change, Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey tackle that question head-on with...

Five Reasons to Share Your Power With a Team

By Verdeen Bueckert What makes a great leader? Most cultures and organizations assume it’s strength, autonomy, brilliance, vision and power. But these values produce – at best – isolated, exhausted leaders. All too often, the results are more toxic:...

The (Saint) Peter Principle

By Verdeen Bueckert You’ve planned, prioritized and developed a team. Now it gets interesting: expect mistakes and missteps when you involve others. The Peter Principle states, “Employees tend to rise to their level of incompetence.” This phrase was coined in a 1969...