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Leading Gen Y: Lessons Learned Along the Way

By Holly Moore Several weeks ago, I watched our young staff at Growing Leaders — the nonprofit organization I help lead — host a large event for educators. It was rewarding to see them embody our core values, serving with excellence. I smiled inside as I reflected on learning to lead them and modeling the…

Are You Having an Organizational Identity Crisis?

By Mark Griffin If your organization is having an identity crisis.  You may be the last to know. The clues aren’t usually obvious, but you may sense something is wrong. Do you spot any of these patterns emerging? More and more employees are leaving Quality and/or performance is trending downward Your organization is missing deadlines Your…

Is Steward Leadership Different than Servant Leadership?

By Kent R. Wilson Although deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian heritage, the first formal application of servanthood to leadership appeared in 1970 with the writings of Robert Greenleaf. A Quaker by background, Greenleaf introduced the idea of servant leadership while a manager at AT&T. Greenleaf defined it as follows: “Who is the servant-leader? The servant-leader is…

Leading in Digital Babylon

by David Kinnaman Our team at Barna continues to explore today’s generation of younger Christians, the vitality of churches and nonprofits, and the tsunami of cultural change happening around us. I am convinced that we are facing an era of ministry that might be described as digital Babylon: an immersive, reality-redefining experience driven by ubiquitous…

Confidence in Knowing and Not Knowing

By Mark L. Vincent A Steward Leader knows they do not know everything. The designation of Steward Leader is becoming more widely known. The Steward Leader believes they are granted a trust for the welfare of the organization they serve and all who connect to it. The Steward Leader, therefore, takes the long view of personal and…

One Way to Invest in Your Leadership Development

If you are a nonprofit ministry leader, what are you intentionally doing to invest in your own leadership development? One way to invest wisely in your growth as a leader is to enroll in the Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) premier experience known as the Credentialed Christian Nonprofit Leader (CCNL) program. Designed to promote biblical principles and professional standards…

How to Build a Learning Culture

By Michelle Wilson In order to build a learning culture, Focus on the Family is aware of the need to identify committed, invested individuals during the hiring process. Creating an organizational culture of lifelong learning will be impossible if team members are not committed to the mission. That is why our Recruitment Department created a…

Is Facebook Really Risky in the Workplace?

Learn how to make social media use in the workplace a win for everybody. By Mark Griffin  What is your organization’s policy on social media? It’s time to better understand this powerful tool and make it work for you. Research from Fierce, a Seattle-based training and development company, concludes that 80 percent of workers log…

Sowing Truth in the Lives of Stewards

by Gary Hoag Recently, I read some of Steve Siebold’s research on “How Rich People Think” in America. Below (in bold) you will find five of his statements, which exemplify the world’s way of thinking. These ideas seek to shape our thinking and the stewards we serve. Steward leaders must understand these false narratives and…

CLA Webcast 6.27.13: The Healthy Borrower

Would a financial institution consider your organization or church to be credit worthy? Find out in the CLA live webcast, How to Look Like a Healthy Borrow, on Thursday, June 27, 2013. This session runs at 9:00 AM PST, 10:00 AM MT, 11:00 AM CST and12:00 PM EST. Join Mike Boblit and Randy Marsh from Evangelical Christian…

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