Author Archives: Tom Nees

When Kate Bowler Learned The Truth

It was not until she was diagnosed with terminal cancer that Kate Bowler realized that some of the leaders she had been following were not telling the truth about what really mattered most to her.    Like the lie in the … Continue reading

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Leadership Lessons from Don Quixote

I’ve learned something about leadership from the novel Don Quixote from two unexpected recent events involving leaders I know well. First was Newell Smith’s retirement address as Superintendent of the Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene in May. Early on … Continue reading

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And Now Annapolis

Add Annapolis to places of mass shootings – 154 so far in 2018. We paused in disbelief when it happened on Thursday, June 28, about 10 minutes from my home.  Busy roads were blocked.  An adjacent shopping mall was closed.    In … Continue reading

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How Growing Older Can Become a Good Thing

How is retirement going?  It’s a question I’m often asked these days.   Since I’m well into my 80thyear I don’t think about it that much. Retirement was very much on my mind in my 60’s as I neared the end … Continue reading

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Bright Spots

I had a recent conversation about ‘Bright Spots’ in ministry with Russ Long, pastor for 23 years of the Bel Air Church of the Nazarene in Bel Air, Maryland. He is also the chairman of the Eastern Nazarene College trustees … Continue reading

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How People Become Leaders

As I think about the leaders I’ve known and served with through the years I still wonder – how did they become leaders? According to Nancy Koehn, in her recent book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in … Continue reading

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10 Books That Kept Me Awake in 2017

A suggested remedy for insomnia is to read a book. That may be a better way to fall asleep than watching TV, a computer or other devices with screens that may disrupt sleep. But I want books that keep me … Continue reading

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Are Leaders Born, Made – or Neither?

While reading Grant, Ron Chernow’s best selling biography of Ulysses S. Grant, I came across Amy Cunningham’s blog The Leadership Triangle, in which she asks if leaders are made, born or neither. She suggests that we need to change our paradigm … Continue reading

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A Night of Hope

During its annual Night Of Hope on Thursday, October 12, the Community of Hope in Washington, D.C., raised over $400,000 – celebrating “Hope Across the City.” Bob Sloan, for 25 years the CEO of Sibley Hospital, pictured here between me … Continue reading

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‘The Pastoral Role’

There came a moment when reading “When Breathe Becomes Air” (66 weeks now on the NY Times best seller list) that I put the book aside to reflect.   It wasn’t just that it is a heartbreaking memoir of a physician … Continue reading

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