What Leaders Really Do

Leadership success is not accidental, but comes from a purposeful series of steps that enact change in a shared ownership of a preferred future. John Kotter’s book offers some crucial insights into What Leaders Really Do. Far from disparaging management, since this provides the mechanics of success, leadership provides the blueprint in several key ways that are not always seen in those with the role description to lead. Continue reading

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Lessons from the SSM Debate

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.” A great slogan for an old movie that begs the question as to whether it is still safe to wade into debate on social issues. A week on from the survey result that has paved the way for gay marriage in Australia, we are already seeing a public attack on foundational social values such as the right to freedom of speech. Continue reading

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

How ironic that many advocating the rights of love, do so with very little love. Since any society should have the right to a say on such a foundational change as that proposed in today’s same-sex marriage plebiscite, let’s not pretend that two people’s love is no-one else’s business when that love also lays claim to the right to marry. (Even the hosting service of this website now imposes a rainbow banner.) What does love really require, though? Continue reading

Situational Leadership for Healthy Growth

Many great people management principles and books are timeless. The ‘situational leadership’ model of Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard is one such gem from the 1970s. It offers four styles of leadership that need to be flexibly applied for dealing with different people and situations. Although only a guide, these are most helpful when considering the best ways to help people move forward so as to inspire their healthy growth. Continue reading

What Research Says About The Value Of Christianity

A recent Weekend Australian article rightly observed that people underestimate the value of Christianity. Its further decline, said the article, will bring “a crippling loss of civic purpose.” With churches providing an enormous supply of volunteer labour and welfare support, Christianity consistently evidences social transformation reflective of its values. Although this is often masked by disproportionate attention to appalling clergy abuses, many also prejudicially reject Christianity as an anti-intellectual faith. Actual statistics, though, are telling. Continue reading

Why The ‘No’ Vote Matters

One of the most prominent issues in the Australian media this past few weeks has been that of gay marriage, due to the upcoming postal plebiscite on this issue. Those already ‘over it,’ thinking that it makes little difference to them personally, miss the concerning fact that rights concerning love or equality are not primarily in focus here. This plebiscite is fundamentally about what marriage is and what it is not. Continue reading

What I’ve Learned Writing 700 Blogposts

The 700 club is a US Christian Broadcasting Network program featured by ‘Pat’ Robertson. The show is a blend of personal stories, news, guest appearances and songs. The original 700 were financial supporters banding together to save the show soon after its 1960 debut. Its content, though regular, remains random and unpredictable … a little like my blog. I’ve now joined a 700 club, too, having 700 posts on this site. Here’s some of what I’ve learned from writing regularly. Continue reading