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Organizational Strategy

What Makes a Great Partnership?

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Partnerships. Some folks love them. Others hate them. I like them and think they can be one of the smartest structures for any leader with an eye on the end game and a holistic model of life and work. I have had dozens of partnerships through the years. Most of […]

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Content, Eyeballs, and God

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Content is king. Eyeballs are god. God is sovereign. To put it another way, you need something worth saying. You need people who want to hear it. And at the end of the day, it still isn’t all up to you. These three realities must be placed at the forefront […]

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The Five Elements of a Gospel Movement

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Have you ever seen photos of the massive waves on Oahu’s famous North Shore? A few years ago, I stood on that beach and watched in jaw-dropping wonder and amazement at the size, force, and impact of those waves as they crashed onto the shoreline. The scene was very moving, […]

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A Great Hire Will Outlive a Great Plan Every Time

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The ten-year plan is dead. That’s right, dead. Irrelevant. Obsolete. The ten-year plan is to business strategy what the dial-up modem is to Internet access. You can keep using it, but you’re going to get left behind. Now, before all you type-A folks out there start hyperventilating, let me explain. […]

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Wanted: A Great Board Chair

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Wanted: Intelligent, relational, thick-skinned, kind, and visionary individual to lead organization through trying time while navigating strong personalities and difficult, often conflicting goals. Who’s in? That’s essentially the job description for a board chair. This Harvard Business Review blog describes the best board chairs as judges. It’s an interesting analogy. […]

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Finding Your Scottie Pippen

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During the 1990s there was no sports phenomenon more compelling, or more dominant, than the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. In a period of eight years—two of which Jordan spent playing baseball poorly—the Bulls won six NBA titles, defeating the likes of Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Karl Malone along the […]

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A Case for Unbundling

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“Oh, it’s very simple…” This is how the character Sheldon, from TV’s Big Bang Theory, begins his nearly incomprehensible explanation of “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock,” a supposed improvement on a classic game. To Sheldon this all makes sense. Meanwhile, his audience sits by in apparent confused silence. “I’m sorry. Can […]

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The Four Check Points of a Viable Business

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I have to say this once a week to someone about something: “An idea is not a business.” An idea is an idea. Granted, not all ideas are equal. Some ideas are evolutionary, some are revolutionary, and some are incremental. Some ideas are purpose-driven and cause infused. Some ideas are […]

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