5 Fail-Safe Strategies for a Successful Leadership Transition

Vince Burens was already transitioning into becoming just the third President/CEO in the 46-year history of the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), a Pittsburgh-based ministry transforming college students to transform the world. A member of the CCO’s Board of Directors said to him, “You should look at the CCO as a family business, because it’s the…

Onboarding Part 2: How To Maximize a New Hire’s First Day

Picture a new hire’s first day on the job: Nervousness. Apprehension. Excitement. So much on the line for the person and the organization. Yet Cate Given, Vice President of Human Resource Services for Joni and Friends, has created a way (with ongoing help from her superb team) to make sure every new employee feels welcomed, on the…

3 Organizational Traps You Need to Avoid . . . or Else

Sometimes it takes an outside professional (a.k.a., strategic management consultant) with the intelligence, experience and savvy to help you avoid the temptations that could disrupt your organization and even harm your workplace culture. Meet the best management consultant you may have never heard about and his “Three Leadership Traps” every leader must avoid. The Challenge…

3 Secrets to Read More Leadership Books (And Apply Their Solutions) in Less Time

What if the insights and solutions to your greatest organizational challenges were in plain view right in front of you? The answers and approaches could set you on a new, healthy-culture ministry impact. One leader can show you how it’s done – by reading great books! (Plus, don’t miss his list of must-reads below.) The Challenge…

The Secret to a Fantastic One-Year Culture Turnaround

How is the overall vibe in your workplace? Be honest. If it’s anywhere less than perfect (or perhaps even slipping downhill), take heart, you’re not alone. Meet a church whose culture had nowhere to go but up. What’s the secret to their one-year turnaround? The Challenge Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas, had it all…

How To Onboard Every New Hire for Success

It’s one of the best onboarding strategies for new employees I’ve ever come across—for two reasons: First, it works incredibly well for the organization that created it. And second, because it’s so grounded and applicable to any type and size of ministry organization, this highly effective onboarding strategy can work for you too. Here’s why.…

3 Steps to Grow Outstanding Talent on your Leadership Team

I want to give you one of the clearest, proven links between a flourishing culture and an effective, successful organization: developing outstanding talent. It comes your way today, courtesy of one of the most knowledgeable, respected leaders I know in the area of people management and development. I’d like to introduce you to Tara VanderSande, staff…

What Four-Letter Word Can Improve Your Culture?

Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado is experiencing a radical transformation of culture. At the center of the turn-around is a four-letter word that will open your eyes. Rebekah Layton is Cherry Hills’ Executive Pastor. During our recent conversation, it didn’t take long for her to say the all-too-obvious four-letter expression that says…

7 Reasons Healthy Cultures Have More Fun

Fact: Healthy, flourishing organizational cultures are filled with people who know how to have fun. So why be serious about this? The Challenge It’s no laughing matter that every workplace culture has potholes and pitfalls—room for improvement. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale was no exception. As part of improving their already-flourishing culture, leadership and staff identified…