Author Archives: Tom Nees

A Fresh Look at the Benefits and Dangers of Servant Leadership

When starting Leading To Serve a decade ago I was inspired by Robert K. Greenleaf’s (1904-1990) idea of servant leadership.   It’s a cause worth advancing. In the late ’70’s I heard Greenleaf talk about the The Servant as Leader. … Continue reading

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Are We Voting for Leaders or Ideologues?

As I stood in an early voting line at our local library last week I was thinking about the recent report that the vast majority of Americans distrust and are disgusted with politicians, including those we will elect on Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Of Pipe Bombs and Pittsburg

Cesar Sayoc, Jr., the Miami pipe bomb sender and Robert Bowers, the murderer at the Pittsburg Synagogue last Saturday have something in common. They believed that society would be better off if they killed the people they hated – Democratic … Continue reading

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‘Tell Me A Story’ – from Alan Alda’s new book on how 60 Minutes succeeds

In his recent book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face:  My Adventures in the Art and Science of Communicating, Alan Alda (Hawkeye Pierce on the war television series M*A*S*H – 1972-1983) tells of a conversation … Continue reading

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Reversing The Injustice of Mass Incarceration — an interview with prison chaplain Kendall Hughes

The recent unprecedented increase of inmates in U.S. jails and prisons is commonly referred to as mass incarceration. The increase is a result of racial injustice for people of color as documented by Michelle Alexander in her 2010 book The … Continue reading

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“”Whatever Happened to Evangelicalism?”  an interview with Al Truesdale

Since evangelicals have voted as a block in recent elections supporting questionable politicians and partisan social issues, most Americans view evangelicalism as a right-wing political movement rather than a theological tradition. In response, theologian Al Truesdale (PhD, Emory University) has … Continue reading

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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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