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Summer 2012


The theme for Summer 2012 is “Kingdom Partnerships.”

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Taking a Stand

Good partnerships allow two or more entities to achieve more together than they could separately. They can be seen in almost every sector of society, especially as globalization and technology increase the connectedness of our world.

In business, the success of a partnership is often judged by profits. Time Magazine recently reported on airline companies whose success in partnering with hotels in their booking processes has generated mil...

Teamwork Required

Recently, I traveled to India to research and develop a special new partnership with a network of pastors who were visiting orphans in their distress (James 1:27). Nearly 3,000 children in this area are enslaved, forced to work and live in illegal rock quarries. By God’s grace, 330 of these children were recently freed. Now the pastors are faced with the task of caring for the children.

One of the children, named Priscilla, told me that she arrived at the quarry when she w...

A Leader's List

We make lists. There are to-do lists, shopping lists, invitation lists, bucket lists, appointment lists, and Christmas lists. Lists can help us remember, set goals, stay on schedule, track our progress, and keep us accountable.

Each of us is pressed by the lure of our culture to adapt to worldly beliefs and practices so it is important to consider how such influences affect us. After all, our organizations comprise the values of the people who work there. Seldom do we do a spiri...

The Critical Shift

"No nonprofit organization can survive and succeed in advancing its mission while living independently of other nonprofits. Organizations gain information, political power, and personal and professional support from and in concert with other nonprofits. Thus, close working relationships, partnerships, and even joint ventures between nonprofit organizations are a fairly natural occurrence.”

— David La Piana

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A Lifelong Journey

I guess you could say I’ve been a serial entrepreneur. I’d never thought of it being a Holy Spirit-directed thing. It seemed to be more of a sickness that got diagnosed one night after dinner a few years ago when I was 67.

For years, I’d been on the board of a Pacific Northwest marine biology educational non-profit. The board chairman, learning that I was in between my entrepreneurial seizures, asked if I’d become the executive director of this nonprofit ...

Book Discussion: The Advantage

Patrick Lencioni, past CLA national conference keynote speaker and future keynoter in 2013, is the founder and president of The Table Group. His 10 best-selling business books have sold more than 3 three million copies. Outcomes Editor-in-chief W. Scott Brown interviewed Lencioni on his newest book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business (Jossey-Bass, March 2012). This is his first non-fiction book as he sets ou...

Down With Teamwork!

Sometimes I think that I’m the last president of almost anything who hasn’t written a book on leadership. It’s not that I haven’t had it suggested to me. It’s just that I have read so many great books (and some not so great) that whenever I’m asked my opinion on a management issue, dilemma, plan for growth, strategy for downsizing, or about how to motivate, delegate, or terminate, someone has already examined the issue from top to bottom.


Empowering Collaboration

Solomon understood collaboration! His wisdom, which was "… greater than the wisdom of all,” led him to partner with many to build the Temple and the Kingdom of Israel. In Ecclesiastes he writes, "And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him — a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecc. 4:12, ESV). This powerful truth is an encouragement to those seeking to create kingdom partnerships. At Olive Technology, we’ve s...

Equipping Leaders

CLA president and CEO Tami Heim recently interviewed John Hull, president and CEO of EQUIP, on this global initiative to train leaders and promote worldwide collaboration.

EQUIP is a nonprofit organization that develops effective international Christian leaders. Founded by Dr. John C. Maxwell in 1996, today, EQUIP is the world’s largest and most comprehensive grass-roots leadership/personal growth and development organization. Active in more than 160 nations, EQUIP is...

Equipping Leaders

Joni and Friends’ Billy Burnett on creating a lifelong learning culture

CLA President and CEO Tami Heim recently interviewed Billy Burnett, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Joni and Friends.

Burnett has contributed significantly to both the financial success and workplace environment of Joni and Friends. His leadership helped to result in Joni and Friends being ranked as the number one “Best Christian Workplace” in organization...