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Ed Bacon on Habits for Leaders

Ed Bacon made some valuable remarks in my interview with him this week about his book 8 Habits of Love. A few of my favorites: The habit of candor: “Candor has to do with whether I want a particular relationship …

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8 Habits for Leaders: A Leadership Adventure Teleconference with Ed Bacon

Please join me this Thursday, April 25, at 9 Pacific/10 Mountain/11 Central/noon Eastern Time, for a one hour conference call conversation on leadership with Ed Bacon. Bacon is rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, and we will talk …

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A Resource for Ministry Leaders

  Do you want to: find greater sense of direction and purpose? get clearer about what you are responsible for—and what you aren’t? learn an effective approach to conflict? gain more energy and clarity for ministry?   The Leadership in …

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Ron Richardson on Polarization and the Healthier Church

In this week’s teleconference conversation about polarization Ron Richardson suggested some ways to think differently about polarized relationships. In polarized situations he has tried to think to himself: something is going on with these people that is important, and to …

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Polarization and the Healthier Church: A Leadership Adventure Teleconference

Please join me this Thursday, January 24, at 9 Pacific/10 Mountain/11 Central/noon Eastern Time, for a one hour conference call conversation on polarization and the healthier church. My guest will be Ronald W. Richardson, author of Creating a Healthier Church …

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Book Review: Growing Yourself Up

Growing Yourself Up: How to Bring Your Best to All of Life’s Relationships, by Jenny Brown (Exisle Publishing, 2012), would be a great book to start 2013. I found myself highlighting and taking notes on dozens of pages, as much …

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Will You See Family for Christmas? Four More Things to Try

I shared three ideas for relating to family at Thanksgiving. Here are four more ideas for Christmas extended-family gatherings. 1. Learn something new about your family members and how they relate to each other and to you. Don’t assume you …

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Book Review: 8 Habits of Love

8 Habits of Love: Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind, by Ed Bacon, is a book that can help you think about your own life, your place in the world and how you relate to others. The eight habits include …

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Will You See Family for Thanksgiving? Three Things to Try

Are you seeing family members this week? Here are three things to try: 1. Appreciate your family members. Make a list (mental or on paper) of things you like about them, especially the ones you find most challenging. 2. Do …

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Veterans Day (Observed) for Church Leaders

With all due respect to military veterans, I wonder if we need a “veterans of church warfare” day. We could start issuing medals for those who have survived a church split, firing a pastor/being fired as a pastor or becoming …

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