“Do We Really Need to Burn the Ships?” (Change)

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis “Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.” – Robert C. Gallagher In my first seminary class, the two instructors posed this question: “How many Brethren does it take to change a light …

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Leading Through Covid-19 (What I’m Reading)

I Photo by Matthew Shenk, Lancaster, PA "The darkest hour is just before dawn" - English theologian, Thomas Fuller "It's always something" - Gilda Radner as Roseann Rosannadanna A Ten-Alarm VUCA! How many of you were starting 2020, optimistic, full of hope, with great plans - both personally and professionally - that seemed well within …

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Dr. Seldon V. Whitaker, Jr (Renaissance Man) by Dr. Patricia Best

April 7 was the day that I found out that my dear, close friend, Sel Whitaker, died.  I reached out to Sel's long-time colleague, Dr. Patricia Best.  Patricia is a former superintendent at the State College Area School District and shared these thoughts with me that I thought warranted its own posting. Sel (left) and …

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Leading Through the Unknown (VUCA and Strategic Focus)

Good Leadership... A client recently shared this story with me about responding to pandemic: Efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 were escalating rapidly the weekend of March 13-15.  Schools had been closed and there was talk from the home office that we would need to start considering alternative arrangements.  Over the weekend an extensive …

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