Category Archives: Leadership

‘The Poor Who Love Trump’

If you don’t have time to read the Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, I recommend Jennifer Senior’s NY Times review of J. D. Vance’s new bestseller – ‘A Compassionate Analysis of the Poor Who Love … Continue reading

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We Must Not Be Enemies

“We must not be enemies” – from President Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address Following last week’s horrific violence it seems that we are like a ship without a rudder.   There is no national consensus about what to think or to do … Continue reading

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Doing Small Things With Great Love

In response to my last blog – “The Inner Life of Leaders,” Gary Morsch posted this comment: Your post reminds me of a quote from Mother Teresa: “We’re not called to success, but to faithfulness.” Mother Teresa will be canonized on … Continue reading

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The Inner Life Of Leaders

Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage & Renewal is offering a 6-month program to ‘explore the inner life of leadership.’ I have learned that in their reflective moments good leaders are more interested in their inner life or self-awareness than how … Continue reading

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On Leaving Our Comfort Zones

During my first pastoral assignment at a rural church in Eastern Washington State we lived near a stop for freight trains.   Transients riding the rails would occasionally hop off trains, walk across the road to our house, knock on our … Continue reading

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Of Covenant Leaders

I thought about the difference between covenant and contract leaders when reading David Brooks’ recent NY Times column – “How Covenants Make Us.” Contracts are about making deals, providing services, protecting interests.   They are temporary quid pro quo obligations; precise and … Continue reading

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A Pathway Out of Homelessness and Poverty

Having spent over 20 years (1973 to 1995) helping to provide transitional housing for homeless families in Washington, D.C. I was eager to read Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond’s narrative of low-income individuals and families … Continue reading

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Balancing Life and Work

Adam LaRoache walked away from a $13 million contract with the Chicago White Sox last week rather than submit to the club’s request that he not bring his 14-year old son Drake with him so often. During his 4 years … Continue reading

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Transactional vs. Relational Leaders

Transactional leaders exchange what they do for you for what you can do for them, e.g., politicians – ‘if you vote for me I’ll do this for you.’ Relational leaders prefer to give more than they receive. Transactional leaders measure … Continue reading

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What Kind Of Leaders Do We Want?

                  illustration by Nisant Choksi THE NEW YORKER, FEBRUARY 29, 2016 The surprising emergence of Donald Trump as a viable presidential candidate reveals the kind of leader for President a significant segment … Continue reading

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