By Laura E. Everett How do you develop leaders in your organization without funding? The executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches offers 10 ideas for leadership development on a shoestring.This reflection is part of a series on leadership development and is reprinted from Duke Divinity School’s magazine Faith & Leadership, an offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In my experience, those of us who lead… Read more

By David Spickard, originally published in March 2015. Jerome Jenkins is a business owner. It’s in his DNA and he has big plans. Already an owner of a chemical company and a thriving restaurant, Cathy’s Kitchen with his wife, Cathy, he has plans to start a grocery store, a gas station, and five new restaurants. All in his hometown. But people wonder why? After all, he lives in Ferguson. By now, we all know Ferguson. Six months ago, very few… Read more

In a previous post, I highlighted the importance of Leading from the Front with Vision. Focusing on why vision matters, Burt Nanus provides a list of characteristics of organizations with and without vision. Here is a summary of these characteristics: Organizations with Vision Organizations without Vision Opportunity-Driven Focused on Change Progressing toward Goals Oriented Strategically Focused on Long-Term Results Proactive Problem-Driven Focused on Stability Focused on Past Performance Oriented Tactically Focused on Short-Term Results Reactive An orientation toward change, pursuing… Read more

Today is the day after the Feast of the Holy Cross, and in the Catholic tradition this is, fittingly, the commemoration of the Sorrows of Mary. Historically, this feast originated in 1668, although it drew on a longer tradition of devotion to Mary as the sorrowful mother of the suffering Christ. In the 13th century, a religious order, the Servites, made this devotion the focus of their existence as a community, and the September commemoration was a gift to the… Read more

By Noah Toly In a by-now-more-or-less-viral post to Vox yesterday, Oliver Lee Bateman (posting under the name Oliver Lee) announced he would be quitting his tenure-track faculty position in history at University of Texas – Arlington.  Bateman’s post can be added to the burgeoning list of “quit lit” focused on departures from academia. Today, some respondents took Bateman to task. Georgia Tech’s Ian Bogost tells Bateman “No One Cares that You Quit Your Job.” Or, as Sarah Conrad Sours writes, “The sum total of [Bateman’s]… Read more

I found this picture and thought you all might like to see it today. “Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawnbut the sword of righteousness, no strength known but thestrength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, thatall peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince ofPeace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion andglory, now and for ever. Amen.” Image of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the World Trade Center from… Read more

Read the first part of our interview with Tami Heim: The business of books in a digital era The Consulting Role In this capacity, you are no longer managing people and organizations. You can offer your skills but it is up to someone else whether your work gets used. What are the plusses and the minuses in this kind of role? It has been quite an adjustment because professionally I have always led a corporate team and owned the responsibility… Read more

This post continues our partnership with Ethix, a publication of the Center for Integrity in Business in the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University.  Ethix has conducted many inspiring interviews with business leaders, and we’re excited to feature them here from time to time! Tami Heim is a partner in The A Group – Brand Development, a technology, marketing, and media agency in Nashville, Tennessee. She has responsibility for integrated technology, social media, marketing, and strategic branding…. Read more

By Mike Coyner Yesterday was the American holiday we call “Labor Day,” which many of us celebrate by having the day off. Up until the last few years, Labor Day weekend was always a time for the Coyner family to get together and celebrate birthdays – my sister Jill on September 2nd, Mom on September 6th, and mine on September 7th. Typically this meant a pool party at Mom and Dad’s home in Anderson, and it was a good way to mark… Read more

I hadn’t planned to write a formal blog post about Kim Davis. I’ve gotten involved in several conversations about her on Facebook recently, mostly playing devil’s advocate, and I thought probably that was enough–or even too much.  But then my beloved wife Jennifer complained that she didn’t have anyone writing about Davis on the Patheos Faith and Work Channel. [That was Monday morning before David Rupert’s post on the subject at Red Letter Believers.] So, with some misgivings, here goes…. Read more

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